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Machinists District 751 shows why ‘It Pays to Be Union’

‘I’m very grateful to have this union, which has our backs,’ says member unjustly fired by Boeing. He won his job back and $157,000 in lost wages and benefits.   The following is from Machinists District Council 751: RENTON, Wash. (July 29, 2021) — IAM District 751 scored a victory for justice on the job, […]

Teamsters ‘Just Practicing’ pickets at Darigold in Issaquah

UPDATE from Teamsters 117 (July 27, 2021) — Approximately 170 lab and production workers who work out of Darigold processing plants in Seattle and Issaquah will participate in a “Just Practicing” picketing action on Tuesday and Wednesday, protesting the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith. Teamsters Local 117 General Counsel Tracey Thompson and Darigold […]

Tell UW Medicine: Respect nurses, caregivers

SEATTLE (July 19, 2021) — Nearly 4,000 nurses and caregivers at Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center–Northwest represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW are in the fight of their careers, and they need your help. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these frontline workers have done everything they can to provide the best quality care to their […]

Teamsters at Fred Meyer vote unanimously to authorize strike

Contract between Fred Meyer, Teamsters Local 117 expires Sunday   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA, Wash. (July 19, 2021) — Teamsters Local 117 warehouse workers at Fred Meyer voted unanimously (335-0) to authorize a strike on Saturday setting the stage for possible food distribution disruptions at 180 grocery stores across Washington, Idaho, […]

BCS strike ends as Teamsters offer to return to work

The following is from Teamsters Local 231: BELLINGHAM (July 15, 2021) — Teamsters Local 231 members employed at Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS) have offered an unconditional return to work, ending their current Unfair Labor Practice strike after 14 days. This decision was made largely to benefit the local community, which was seeing catastrophic impacts as […]

Got ballot? Check out labor’s primary election endorsements

(July 15, 2021) — If you haven’t already received your Primary Election ballot for the 2021 election, you will any day now. County auditors around Washington state are mailing ballots to voters this week, and union voters are being urged to fill them out right away and return them. Voter turnout in Primary Elections is […]

Teamsters gear up for possible strike at Fred Meyer, Safeway

Major grocery contracts expire this weekend. Over 1,000 warehouse workers and drivers will take strike authorization votes on Saturday and Sunday.   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA, Wash. (July 15, 2021) — Teamsters in the grocery industry in Washington state are gearing up for a possible labor dispute. More than 1,000 grocery […]

Celebrate Edgewater workers’ contract victory on Friday

SEATTLE (July 13, 2021) — After a long struggle, workers at the Edgewater Hotel won a groundbreaking new union contract that UNITE HERE Local 8 reports leads the way in hotel worker protections as Washington state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Now these workers and their union want to celebrate this contract victory with […]

Spokane city, county workers picket for fair bargaining

The following is from AFSCME Council 2: SPOKANE (July 13, 2021) — Workers from across Spokane county and city government held an informational picket last Friday at the County Courthouse to speak out about being asked to work for months — some more than a year — without a contract. They demanded that both county […]

Bellingham Cold Storage workers are out on strike — again

BELLINGHAM (July 2, 2021) — For the second time in a month, more than 100 Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS) workers represented by Teamsters Local 231 went on strike Thursday morning. These workers who are a critical part of the perishable food supply chain have been in contract talks since November 2020. The union reports that […]

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