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Thank you, veterans ● 2½-year strike over? ● Educators: Enroll now!

Monday, November 11, 2019   VETERANS DAY   WATCH: a message from @unionveterans executive director Will Attig on #veteransday2019. #1u pic.twitter.com/nvRfq1ggWp — AFL-CIO ✊🏽 (@AFLCIO) November 11, 2019 ► In today’s Columbian — Join together to thank veterans for their service (editorial) — Equally important, the holiday should provide an opportunity to reflect upon how […]

WSLC: No rest break exemption for truckers

Labor joins Sen. Murray, public safety advocates in fighting industry effort to take away truckers’ rest and meal breaks   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 11, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has joined dozens of public safety, consumer and labor organizations in urging the federal government to reject a request by the commercial trucking […]

Hanford raises ● Fairness gains ● Bonnie’s birthday

Friday, November 8, 2019   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Hanford union workers agree to contract extension with pay raise — Workers under the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council voted in favor of extending its collective bargaining agreements for a year. HAMTC is an umbrella group for 15 Hanford unions that represent […]

Grocery workers ratify historic new contract

UFCW 21, Teamsters 38, UFCW 367 win major gains with no takeaways   SEATTLE (Nov. 8, 2019) — For months, bargaining teams representing some 30,000 grocery workers in 12 counties around the Puget Sound area have been working to get a fair contract agreement. These workers — who are our family members, friends and neighbors […]

No new NAFTA: Vigil on Nov. 13 in Seattle for Mexican miners

SEATTLE — The AFL-CIO and the rest of the labor movement have been saying NO to NAFTA 2.0, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, because of the deal’s multiple shortcomings, including the lack of teeth for enforcement of basic labor rights. One example of why this is so important is the fate of Media Luna miners […]

I-976 mayday ● Falling feces ● ERA Now? ● Scab shaming

Thursday, November 7, 2019   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Affirmative-action measure Referendum 88 continues to trail. but many King County votes still to be tallied — Washington voters continue to reject an affirmative-action measure, with Wednesday’s vote count showing statewide Referendum 88 still trailing. But with an estimated 277,000 votes still to be tallied […]

Free couples’ addiction recovery retreat Dec. 14-15 in Seattle

SEATTLE — “As unionists, we fight for the well-being of all working people on the job and off, because we know that what we do at work impacts us at home,” wrote April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in a recent column at The Stand. “This is why the labor […]

‘Harsh reckoning’ ahead ● Unionists running, winning ● ‘OK, boomer’

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   LOCAL ELECTIONS   ► Today at The Stand — I-976 passes; I-1000/R88 remains too close to call ► In today’s Seattle Times — I-976 could leave Washington voters with a harsh reckoning (editorial) — The voters’ approval of I-976 will pit worthy project against worthy project as the state’s many infrastructure […]

Centralia Armistice Day Tragedy to be commemorated Nov. 9-11

LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. — On Nov. 11, 1919, during a parade celebrating the first anniversary of Armistice Day (Veterans Day), a long-simmering conflict between the Industrial Workers of the World (“Wobblies”) and the local American Legion erupted in violence. It resulted in six deaths, additional wounded, multiple prison terms, and an ongoing bitter dispute about […]

I-976 passes; I-1000/R88 still too close to call

UPDATE (Nov. 8, 2019) — The election results listed below have been updated as of 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Check Vote.WA.gov for the latest results. (Nov. 6, 2019) — Following are election results in races and ballot measures where the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO made an endorsement. (* denotes endorsement.) The WSLC […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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