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Univ. of Washington’s 1,200 Postdocs file for union election

The following is from UAW Local 4121: SEATTLE (Oct. 5, 2017) — As a result of an ongoing grassroots organizing campaign, a majority of the 1,200 Postdoctoral Researchers (Postdocs) working at the University of Washington have signed authorization cards in support of forming a union, UW Postdocs United/UAW Local 4121 (UWPU/UAW). The cards were filed […]

Tacoma patients decry lack of charity care by CHI Franciscan

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: TACOMA (Oct. 5, 2017) — One patient was denied charity care because of a CHI Franciscan paperwork error. One patient was struggling with a low credit rating resulting from a $500 bill from CHI Franciscan — which he paid and was given a receipt for.  One patient discontinued […]

Physicians urge MultiCare to avoid staff cuts amid flu season

The following is from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists/AFSCME: TACOMA (Oct. 5, 2017) — Physicians and advanced providers represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists are fighting to preserve safe staffing during flu season at MultiCare Health Systems. The company has come to UAPD-represented providers at MHS Legacy Urgent Care Clinics […]

As DeVos visits, counter rally planned Oct. 13 in Bellevue

BELLEVUE — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to the Seattle area next Friday, Oct. 13 to be keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Washington Policy Center, a conservative corporate-funded think tank that pushes privatization of the public school system, among other things. The Equity in Education Coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor […]

Seattle U., St. Martin’s faculty unite to fight for their rights

The following is from SEIU Local 925: (Sept. 29, 2017) — Contingent, tenured, and tenure-line faculty at Seattle University and Saint Martin’s University announced this week that they will unite and build a strong organization outside the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process to fight for improvements like fair pay and better working conditions. “While […]

Strike ends, but WPAS owners fire 10 strikers; union files ULPs

The following is from Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8: MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Sept. 28, 2017) — OPEIU Local 8 has reached a Tentative Agreement with Welfare and Pension Administration Services, Inc. (WPAS) that was ratified by the strikers this past Monday. Workers won their fight by keeping seniority rights, sick leave benefits, a […]

Hundreds urge Providence to invest in care at Everett vigil

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: EVERETT (Sept. 28, 2017) — Hospice and home health caregivers, frustrated with rushing between vulnerable patients and taking long hours of on-call time, hosted a community candlelight vigil on Wednesday to call on Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish County to invest in care and caregivers. More […]

‘Dolores’ documentary screens Oct. 6-12 at SIFF in Seattle

SEATTLE — History tells us that Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers union. But missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. […]

Farmworkers’ rights meeting set for Thursday in Yakima

YAKIMA — Farmworkers in the Yakima Valley: Do you have questions about your labor rights? Make plans to attend a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the UFCW Labor Hall, 507 S. 3rd St. in Yakima. (Download and share event fliers in English and en Español.) Workers of the agricultural industry […]

Bellingham Technical College staff vote to strike Monday

The following is from the Washington Education Association: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 22, 2017) — Non-faculty employees at Bellingham Technical College have voted to strike Monday, Sept. 25, if the BTC Board of Trustees continues its refusal to offer a fair contract settlement. College staff and their supporters plan to protest at the Board’s meeting Thursday at […]


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