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Wash. State LERC has hired Kelly Coogan-Gehr as Director


SEATTLE (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle College has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director, Kelly Coogan-Gehr. Kelly most recently served as Education Director at National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of bedside nurses. As Education Director, she oversaw the development of NNU’s […]

Study: Seattle music industry has $1.8B impact, creates 30,660 jobs


But lacking written agreements, musicians average just $15K per year   The following is from the Musicians’ Association of Seattle, AFM Local 76-493: SEATTLE (Jan. 27, 2016) — A new study commissioned by Seattle musicians’ union found that 16,607 people are directly employed in the city’s music industry, creating $1.8 billion annually in direct economic […]

WSNA nurses at Kadlec in Richland ratify 3-year contract


The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: RICHLAND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2016) — By an overwhelming majority, the WSNA-represented registered nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center have ratified a new three-year contract. During nine months of negotiations, the bargaining team fought off a number of damaging proposed takeaways and reached an agreement that […]

Get help applying for U.S. citizenship Feb. 6 in Seattle


SEATTLE (Jan. 25, 2016) — Are you, or is someone you know, a legal permanent resident (“green-card” holder) who has had their citizenship for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen)? If so, you might be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship! The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is partnering […]

SEIU 1199NW nurses at Group Health endorse Kaiser deal


The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: SEATTLE (Jan. 22, 2016) —  The union of more than 2,000 Group Health nurses and healthcare workers, after meeting with Kaiser Permanente’s CEO and executives and deliberating deeply, is announcing today its endorsement of the proposed Kaiser Permanente acquisition. “In this era of unprecedented healthcare consolidation, we are […]

Celebrate, honor MLK’s pro-labor legacy


(Jan. 18, 2016) — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that the struggle for economic and social justice necessarily includes the right of workers to form unions, not only to improve their own wages and working conditions, but also to fight for the preservation of public services. That’s why celebrating MLK Day and reminding […]

Casa Latina’s board names Marcos Martinez new director


The following is from Casa Latina, which is affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE (Jan. 15, 2016) — After an extensive search in collaboration with worker-members and staff, the Casa Latina board of directors is proud to have selected Marcos Martinez as the organization’s new Executive Director. Founding Executive Director Hilary Stern […]

SPEEA, Boeing reach tentative contract extension


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE 2001 (SPEEA): SEATTLE (Jan. 14, 2016) — More than 20,000 engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Co. will soon receive ballots to vote on six-year contract extensions that include market-leading wages, continued retirement benefit growth, a choice of comprehensive medical plans and […]

WSNA wins decision against ‘on call’ rest breaks for nurses


The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: TACOMA (Jan. 14, 2016) — For years, Tacoma General Hospital had covered nurse rest breaks by using a buddy system that had nurses taking a double load of patients while their colleagues were on their legally mandated breaks. The system meant that nurses were essentially “on […]

Spokane City Council OKs paid sick and safe leave ordinance


SPOKANE (Jan. 12, 2016) — After hearing hours of mostly supportive public comments, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 late Monday night to approve a new city ordinance that guarantee that all workers in the city have the opportunity to earn at least three to five paid sick leave days per year. Although Mayor David […]


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