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After a year in prison, join the effort to Free Nestora Salgado


(Aug. 19, 2014) — Nearly one year ago, on Aug. 21, 2013, Renton resident Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a legal indigenous community defense force in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested. For 12 months, she has been imprisoned in Mexico on false charges and denied the right to see […]

Valley, Deaconess nurses in Spokane win agreement

SEIU HealthCare 1199NW conduct an informational picket outside Valley Hospital in October 2013.

SPOKANE (Aug. 15, 2014) — After campaigning since December 2012, including a strike in sub-zero weather, nurses and hospital workers have won an agreement with Valley and Deaconess Hospitals that will give them a stronger voice to improve staffing and increase the hospitals’ investment in front-line care. “We stood united for our patients and it […]

Major court win for subcontractors’ workers

(From left) Armando Arredondo, Hector Martinez and Noe Montes of the Workers defense Committee at Casa Latina.

By HILARY STERN Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 14, 2014) — Beginning in 2007, Orlando Ventura Reyes went to work every night — scheduled for 364 days a year — at a Puget Sound-area Fred Meyer store. He says he made less than the minimum wage, was not paid overtime, and had to find […]

Tentative deal reached to end grain lockout


VANCOUVER, Wash. (Aug. 13, 2014) — A tentative contract agreement covering Pacific Northwest grain terminals — and potentially ending the nearly 18-month lockout of grain workers by Mitsui-United Grain in Vancouver — was reached late Monday night by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and area grain terminal operators. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service […]

Jorgensen workers forge union with IAM


The following is crossposted from Machinists (IAM) District 751: TUKWILA (Aug. 12, 2014) — Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The […]

Benton demands escort service amid United Grain lockout


By DAVID GROVES The Stand VANCOUVER, Wash. (Aug. 6, 2014) — What obligation do taxpayers have to provide security indefinitely to a for-profit corporation engaged in a protracted labor dispute so it can continue operating with cheaper workers after locking out its unionized workforce? None, says the Governor’s Office, local law enforcement and labor leaders. […]

NLRB: Boeing illegally ‘tainted’ 2012 bargaining with SPEEA


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE 2001: (Aug. 4, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found The Boeing Company violated labor law and is ordering it to provide wage rates, regional salary information and productivity data from various company locations to SPEEA. The order further instructs Boeing […]

Highline nurses retain their health plan, win COLAs in deal


BURIEN (July 29, 2014) — Some 800 nurses and healthcare workers represented by SEIU HealthCare 1199NW at Highline Medical Center helped ensure quality care through a winning campaign to get the Franciscan Health System to invest in Burien’s hospital. “Good care comes from having experienced staff at your bedside and we want the best here […]

Workers for Alaska Air’s bag vendor vote to join SEIU 6


SEATAC (July 25, 2014) — More than 200 Sea-Tac Airport workers at Bags, Inc., who are contracted by Alaska Air Group to provide wheelchair and other passenger services for Alaska customers, have voted to join SEIU Local 6 to improve their wages and working conditions while lifting up their community. “My co-workers and I voted for […]

IAM 751′s Holden: Boeing CEO’s remarks ‘astounding and sad’


UPDATE — IAM President Tom Buffenbarger is demanding an apology from Boeing CEO Jim McNerney for his “unfunny and unnecessary remarks.” The following is crossposted from the IAM District 751 blog: SEATTLE (July 25, 2013) — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement to union members in response […]


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