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Julian’s Dinosaur Guild fundraiser Sept. 20 in Renton


RENTON, Wash. (Sept. 12, 2014) — In November 2010, three-year-old Julian Blackwell was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a rare life-threatening disease in which bone marrow does not make enough blood cells for the body. Julian, the son of M.L. King County Labor Council secretary and OPEIU Local 8 executive board member Valancy Blackwell, didn’t […]

Fred Meyer warehouse talks have broken down, Teamsters say


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: UPDATE (Sept. 12, 2014) — Hundreds of Teamster warehouse workers will meet at 9 a.m. in Tacoma on Saturday, Sept. 13 to take part in a multi-state consumer action aimed at educating Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington about the company’s attempt to degrade workers’ […]

Eight arrested in WA-$15 march to Bellevue, beyond


The following is from Working Washington: UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2014) — Culminating a day that saw fast food workers rising through an hours-long march across WA-$15 (formerly I-90), eight were arrested by Bellevue police Wednesday evening over poverty wages. Committed to do “whatever it takes” to defend and expand the principle that everyone deserves to […]

Cities reject extremist group’s push for ‘right-to-work’


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Sept. 9, 2014) — A right-wing group’s attempt to impose anti-union “right-to-work” collective bargaining restrictions on city governments in Washington state suffered a major setback Monday as its propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in both Sequim and Shelton. Dozens of angry citizens crowded into the cities’ council meetings […]

Rally to support Sakuma Bros. farmworkers Wednesday in Seattle


The following is from the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE — Farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington are taking action to demand fair treatment, decent working conditions and the right to their union. The workers say Sakuma Brothers has responded with grueling captive audience meetings to intimidate them, and by seeking out […]

Paid sick days forum Tuesday in Tacoma


TACOMA — Union members and community supporters in the Tacoma area are urged to attend Healthy Tacoma’s citizens forum on the passage of a city ordinance granting all workers in the city the ability to earn paid sick days. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 on the first floor at […]

‘Be Union Buy Union’ open house Sept. 4 at IBEW 46 in Kent


KENT (Sept. 4, 2014) — IBEW Local 46 invites all union members and community supporters to an open house for Be Union Buy Union, a new resource to keep consumers in Washington state up-to-date regarding union companies, products and services in the Pacific Northwest and eventually throughout the country. The open house is TODAY (Thursday, […]

Bring the family! Labor Day events across Washington state


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. 1 to celebrate and honor the […]

Teamsters at Fred Meyer warehouse vote to OK strike


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Aug. 26, 2014) – Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly over the weekend to authorize a strike. The final vote was 241-2. Voting took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila. Fred Meyer’s insistence on subcontracting language […]

ILWU OKs grain deal; lockout ends Wednesday


The following is from ILWU: SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 26, 2014) — Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 […]


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