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Sysco workers unanimously authorize strike


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA, Wash. (Oct. 6, 2015) — Teamster warehouse workers and drivers who are employed at the major food service conglomerate Sysco have voted unanimously to authorize a strike. The vote took place on Sept. 19 at the Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila. Union members voted 150-0 in favor […]

Northwest Hospital employees picket for better care Wednesday


The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: SEATTLE (Oct. 6, 2015) — Healthcare workers at UW Medicine Northwest Hospital are calling on UW Medicine to invest in our local community hospital, saying that the respected UW institution has the resources it takes to improve staffing for patients, provide affordable care for healthcare workers, and recruit […]

Memorial Sunday in Seattle for tradeswoman/activist Heidi Durham


By ANDREA BAUER Special to The Stand SEATTLE — A public memorial will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 for Heidi Durham, one of the first women in the U.S. to break into the electrical trades, champion of affirmative action, and decades-long feminist and union activist with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. She died of […]

Climate march, TPP protest Oct. 14 in Seattle


SEATTLE — Union members and community supporters who are concerned about climate change and/or the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should mark their calendars for Wednesday, Oct. 14. There will be two actions in downtown Seattle that day: the 2015 People’s Climate March at 5 p.m., featuring special guest Naomi Klein, which will be preceded by a […]

Spokane Labor Rally is Wednesday, Oct. 14


SPOKANE — The Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliates will host the 23nd annual Spokane Labor Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana, Spokane Valley. The Labor Rally is an annual tradition for the Spokane-area labor movement where union members […]

Support for-hire drivers’ rights in Seattle


UPDATE — A key Seattle City Council committee voted unanimously (7-0) this afternoon to advance this innovative new ordinanceĀ that will protect driversā€™ right to organize and negotiate for higher pay and better conditions!   SEATTLE (Oct. 2, 2015) — The Seattle City Council is considering groundbreaking legislation that would give drivers in Seattle’s for-hire industry […]

$15/hour coalition at UW scores major victory


SEATTLE (Sept. 29, 2015) — Following a coalition demand by campus unions and student leaders, the University of Washington announced Monday that it would raise wages for all employees — including student workers — to $13/hour on January 1, 2016, and $15/hour January 1, 2017. While UW had first communicated that the increase would only […]

Apprentices, donors give food bank a facelift


(Sept. 28. 2015) — The Puget Sound Labor Agency, which is celebrating its 40th year of service, provides food and other necessities for more than 38,000 people each year in the local community and to union members in need. Given its budget challenges, sprucing up the Food Bank at the Seattle Labor Temple has been […]

Unions working together to protect Haggen employees


(Sept. 28, 2015) — The unions representing members at Pacific Northwest Haggen stores sent the following statement to their membership on Saturday, Sept. 26: Dear Haggen Members: We understand the frustration and concern you, your co-workers, and your families are all experiencing these past few weeks as the Haggen bankruptcy continues to develop. Thanks to […]

Sign the Passenger/Driver Bill of Rights in the Uber economy


The following is from Working Washington: (Sept. 23, 2015) — Hundreds of people have already added their names to the Passenger/Driver Bill of Rights, which spells out basic principles that everyone in the Uber economy should be able to expect — like safe transportation, living wages, open communication, privacy, nondiscrimination, and a voice in the […]


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