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Teamsters at three grocery warehouses OK contract; Fred Meyer talks continue


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (July 22, 2014) –  Hundreds of Teamsters at three grocery warehouses — Safeway, SuperValu, and Unified Grocers — voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contracts over the weekend. The agreements contain annual wage increases and protections against subcontracting and the rising cost of health care. Voting took place […]

Minimum wage repeal won’t qualify for ballot in Seattle


The following is from Working Washington: SEATTLE (July 16, 2014) — King County Elections has now reviewed well over half of the referendum petitions submitted by Forward Seattle, and their fringe effort to repeal the minimum wage law has come up short. So far, 15,004 of Forward Seattle’s 18,928 petition signatures have been reviewed, and only 11,412 have […]

UFCW Local 21 members celebrate two big contract wins


(July 15, 2014) — Members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 are celebrating two recently ratified contract victories covering a combined 1,600 employees at Skagit Regional Hospital and Harrison Medical Center. Skagit Regional Hospital: In September 2012, some 900 SRH employees voted to be represented by UFCW Local 21. SRH is a […]

Medical cannabis collective forms union with UFCW Local 367


The following is from UFCW Local 367: PUYALLUP (July 14, 2014) — Dutch Master’s Organic Gardens, Puyallup’s medical cannabis collective serving patients since 2011, took the first step towards joining with the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 367 in a shared commitment to find regulatory solutions for the industry. These Patient Consultants […]

Rally June 11 on Sakuma strike anniversary; make donation


BURLINGTON — This Friday, June 11 is the one-year anniversary of the first strike by farm workers over the wages and working conditions at Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm. As these farm workers continue to face poor treatment and retaliation by their employer, all of their supporters are invited to join them Friday at 10 a.m. […]

UW’s Harborview contract to get new scrutiny from King County


The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28: SEATTLE (July 9, 2014) — King County is reasserting its ownership duties over Harborview Medical Center — and that means the toughest look in more than 40 years at how the University of Washington has run the region’s prime trauma hospital. The UW’s […]

Young Leaders Summit will be July 20-21 in Wenatchee


WENATCHEE — The Young Leaders Summit, sponsored by Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) and 21 Progress, will be held July 20-21 at the North Central Washington Labor Council, 27 N. Chelan Ave. in Wenatchee, prior to the Washington State Labor Council’s 2014 Convention. With the theme “A Fighting Chance,” this exciting two-day summit […]

Sakuma Brothers loses (again) in court, now giving away berries


BURLINGTON, Wash. (July 1, 2014) — Farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers berry farm won another round in court last week after a judge ordered the farm’s owners to end their discriminatory denial of housing to farmworkers who participated in last year’s work stoppages. Later that same day, Sakuma Brothers opened a 30-acre field for a free […]

Harrison hospital staff reaches tentative deal in Bremerton


BREMERTON (June 20, 2014) — The negotiating team for professional and technical workers at Harrison Medical Center (HMC) on Wednesday reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital after more than a year of negotiations. The deal comes eight days after employees overwhelmingly voted to authorize a one-day strike if their union, United Food and […]

Rep. Adam Smith calls for justice for Nestora Salgado


The following is crossposted from the Seattle University School of Law: SEATTLE (June 17, 2014) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) joined advocates at Seattle University School of Law on Monday to speak in strong support of Nestora Salgado-García, the U.S. citizen from Renton who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August. “I […]


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