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Welfare and Pension benefit administrators go on strike

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 23, 2017) — The workers who administer health and pension benefits for thousands of union members in the Pacific Northwest are going on strike. After 11 months of negotiations and seven months without a contract, members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8 who work at Welfare and […]

Sea-Tac taxi drivers to strike again Wednesday over conditions

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATAC (Aug. 23, 2017) — For the second day this week, taxi drivers who serve customers at Sea-Tac Airport will strike over unsafe, unsanitary working conditions and retaliatory practices by the drivers’ dispatch company, Eastside For Hire. The strike will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 […]

Locascio resigns; WA Fair Trade Coalition seeks new director

SEATTLE (Aug. 22, 2017) — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition, the state alliance of more than 60 labor, faith, environmental, farmer and social justice groups that are committed to creating a fair, balanced and sustainable global trading system, is seeking a new director. See the job posting. Gillian Locascio, who has served as WFTC director […]

Seattle-area concrete strike ends with ‘rock solid’ contract

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: TUKWILA (Aug. 21, 2017) — A full week after 86 Teamsters at CalPortland walked off the job and 208 other Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepared to do the same, everyone is now back to work after a deal was finally reached in the pre-dawn hours […]

Security officers, supporters stage sit-in at Amazon HQ

The following is from SEIU Local 6: SEATTLE (Aug. 21, 2017) — On Friday, more than 50 tech workers, security officers, janitors, union members and community supporters held a sit-in at Amazon headquarters demanding that the tech giant hold Security Industry Specialists (SIS) — the contractor Amazon hired to protect its campus — accountable for […]

EvergreenHealth workers win raises, benefits, voice in staffing

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: KIRKLAND (Aug. 10, 2017) — Using their strength as members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, more than 1,000 nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, dietary and housekeeping staff, and more have brought the $15/hour minimum wage to the Eastside in a new contract agreement with EvergreenHealth. The caregivers also secured […]

Urge against USPS job cuts this Thursday in Burien

BURIEN — The U.S. Postal Service is operating in the black, having posted three straight years of operating profits totaling $3.2 billion since 2013. But you can expect longer lines and service cuts anyway because the agency has plans to eliminate 12,000 clerk jobs in Washington state and across the nation. In the Seattle installation […]

Facebook cafeteria workers unite in Seattle, Menlo Park

‘I finally feel like I can have a real future for me and my son.’   SEATTLE (Aug. 8, 2017) — Last week, nearly 60 cafeteria workers who work for Flagship Facility Services won union representation at Facebook’s Seattle campus. The workers will be members of UNITE HERE Local 8. This announcement comes just weeks after more […]

ILWU’s solidarity caravan backs Lucky Friday Mine strikers

By BRIAN SKIFFINGTON Special to The Stand COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (Aug. 8, 2017) — Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 19, 22, 23, 24 and the Pacific Coast Pensioners Association converged on Hecla Mining Companies corporate offices near Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Seventeen longshore workers from Western Washington joined […]

Seattle-area concrete workers prep for strike

Amid record-setting boom, Teamsters find employers’ lowball offer laughable   TUKWILA (Aug. 4, 2017) — The following was posted earlier this week by Teamsters Local 174: The auditorium at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall was packed once again Tuesday with an army of orange shirts, as employees from five Sand & Gravel companies —  […]


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