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Washington state posts big gains in union membership

With 45,000 more members, Washington rises to 3rd most unionized in U.S.   (Jan. 22, 2018) — An estimated 584,000 Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2017, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, an increase of 45,000 from the previous year and 84,000 since 2015. National union membership […]

On Jan. 20-21, women will march again — and take action

This weekend, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s Marches held nationwide on President Trump’s inauguration weekend in 2017, more marches and events are scheduled throughout the state. SATURDAY, JAN. 20 Women’s+ March on Olympia — A “Washington Women+ Move Mountains” rally will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the […]

Urge better pay for employees of city-owned Vancouver Hilton

UNITE HERE 8 plans food drive Thursday outside City Hall; please donate!   VANCOUVER, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2018) — Despite record revenue in recent years, the city-owned Vancouver Hilton hotel continues to propose paying poverty wages — just pennies over the state minimum wage — keeping workers living in poverty. Many of the these workers have […]

Seattle school bus driver strike imminent after 85% reject offer

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: SEATTLE (Jan. 9, 2018) — At a Saturday meeting that filled nearly every seat in the Teamsters’ Local 174 Union auditorium, First Student school bus drivers voted by a margin of 85% to reject the most recent offer made by their employer. Now that this offer has been […]

Labor Education & Research Center is hiring a new director

By LYNNE DODSON Special to The Stand SEATTLE (Jan. 4, 2018) — In Washington state, there are more than 40 business schools in our colleges. But there is only one labor education program — the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center — and it’s looking for a new director. Is it you? In 1971, when […]

Diekhans’ one-woman show about Mother Jones is Jan. 11-14

SEATTLE (Jan. 2, 2018) — What did Mother Mary Harris Jones do to earn the title of The Most Dangerous Woman in America? Find out when Therese Diekhans performs as John D. Rockefeller, Louis Tikas, Maria Baumgartner, Maggie, Dennis, politicians, prosecutors, hired thugs, mine and mill workers, and of course, Mother Jones in the one-woman […]

Caregivers, union block holiday job cuts sought by Providence

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: OLYMPIA (Dec. 15, 2017) — Providence St. Peter Hospital may have planned to be a holiday Grinch, giving Health Unit Coordinators notice of job cuts that were to happen as soon as Dec. 16, but caregivers together took legal action with their union, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and on […]

Swedish nurses, caregivers vote ‘no confidence’ in management

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: SEATTLE (Dec. 13, 2017) — The union of nurses and caregivers at all Swedish-Providence campuses voted 98% “No Confidence” in Swedish and Providence administration following dozens of complaints about poor staffing, broken supplies, and management racism. The nurses and caregivers announced their vote Tuesday night at a speak-out […]

Thursday forum: Keep Sinclair from downsizing local news

The following is from IATSE Local 600: SEATTLE — Drastic changes to the local television regulations has allowed Sinclair Broadcast Group to own both KOMO and KCPQ. Once it completes the purchase of Tribune Broadcasting’s 40 stations, Sinclair will cover 72 percent of the country, making it the most powerful media company in American history. […]

Pickets continue on final day of Providence caregivers’ strike

The following from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: EVERETT (Dec. 8, 2017) — Some 230 home health and hospice nurses, social workers, and other caregivers stood strong through day two of their unfair labor practice strike on Thursday with large, energetic picket lines and growing support from the community for their campaign to hold Providence Home Health […]


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