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AWPPW on strike at KapStone in Longview


The Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW) issued the following news release on Aug. 27, 2015. Note that this strike is sanctioned by the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council: LONGVIEW, Wash. — AWPPW Local 153 members have gone on strike early this morning (Thursday, Aug. 27) over Unfair Labor Practices at KapStone Paper […]

Two years after her arrest, take action on Aug. 21 to free Nestora


SEATTLE — This Friday, Aug. 21 is the second anniversary of Nestora Salgado’s arrest, and a National Day of Action to get her released. On Aug. 21, 2013, Nestora Salgado, a Renton resident who is a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a legal indigenous community defense force in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, was […]

Dedication of Charleston 9 memorial on Aug. 22 in Seattle


SEATTLE — The NAACP, the United Black Christian Clergy, First AME Church, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Afri-PAC will host a dedication and memorial ceremony this Saturday in remembrance of the Charleston 9 murder victims who’s lives were brutally taken in the name of racial hatred. It will begin at 3 p.m. on […]

Rally to save dairy workers’ lives Sept. 2 at Darigold in Seattle


SEATTLE — Nobody should die like Randy Vasquez did, drowning in a manure pond at a Darigold member farm in Mabton, Wash. Randy’s tragic death earlier this year has shaken up the farmworker community and inspired many to take up the battle to improve dairy workers’ safety. TAKE A STAND!  Demand justice for dairy workers […]

Sakuma farm workers walk off job (again), urge negotiations


The following is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BURLINGTON, Wash. (Aug. 18, 2015) — Management at Sakuma Brothers Farms once again tried to exploit farmworkers by demanding Monday morning that they pick 22 1/2 pounds of berry per hour. About 120 farmworkers refused and walked out of the fields demanding a negotiation for fairer […]

Celebrate, rededicate at Labor Day events on Sept. 7


Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this country and make it run every day. Several of the regional AFL-CIO central labor councils across Washington state are planning Labor Day picnics and events on Monday, Sept. 7 to celebrate and honor the […]

Nicole Grant named to lead M.L. King County Labor Council


SEATTLE (Aug. 11, 2015) — The Executive Board of the M.L. King County Labor Council voted last week to appoint Nicole Grant of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, making her the first woman to lead King County’s largest labor organization. She replaces David Freiboth, who resigned last month to accept […]

4,000-plus hear about importance of Social Security, Medicare


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Aug. 10, 2015) — When Sen. Bernie Sanders accepted an invitation to speak at the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid birthday celebration on Saturday, organizers may have wondered whether the event’s message about these critically important programs would be overshadowed by Bernie-mania. That didn’t turn out to be a problem. Instead, it was […]

Caravan hits Kapstone customers to save workers’ healthcare


The following is from the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers: (Aug. 4, 2015) — This week workers from the Kapstone paper mill in Longview are organizing a Justice Caravan in an effort to save their healthcare and other benefits and demand that the company stop disregarding environmental laws, which protect local rivers and demand the company […]

Sanders to attend Social Security, Medicare event Aug. 8 in Seattle


SEATTLE (July 31, 2015) — Organizers of an anniversary celebration rally for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid planned for Saturday, Aug. 8 in downtown Seattle announced today that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has accepted an invitation to attend and speak at the event. “We are very excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and […]


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