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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 […]

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 […]

YouthCare employees in Seattle form union with OPEIU 8

The following is from OPEIU Local 8: SEATTLE (Nov. 1, 2019) — Employees at YouthCare have voted overwhelmingly for representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 8, the union announced Thursday. The group of 180 youth counselors, case managers, education and employment specialists, on-call staff, outreach workers, development staff and other […]

Urge Seattle leaders to support Fare Share for Uber, Lyft drivers

Sign an open letter supporting plan for affordable housing, transportation, and a living wage for Uber and Lyft drivers.   The following is from the Fair Share Seattle: SEATTLE (Oct. 30, 2019) — As Seattle continues its unprecedented growth in both population and wealth, affordable housing production and investments in transportation are falling far short […]

A ‘win-win’ investment of union pension dollars in Seattle

Local leaders celebrate as the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust breaks ground on a 100% union-built tower   SEATTLE (Oct. 29, 2019) — Local labor and business leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the ground-breaking for the Waverly Apartments, a 28-story multifamily development tower in downtown Seattle that is a joint venture between the AFL-CIO Building Investment […]

Newsroom union vote slated at The Columbian in Vancouver

Sign the SW Washington CLC pledge to subscribe if the newspaper goes union   By DON McINTOSH Northwest Labor Press VANCOUVER (Oct. 21, 2019) — A group of 28 news department workers at The Columbian daily newspaper in Vancouver will vote Oct. 31 on whether to unionize with the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, a local […]

Tri-Cities labor unions step up partnership with United Way

KENNEWICK (Oct. 18, 2019) — Labor leaders in the Tri-Cities area decided to deepen the partnership between the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, the Southeast Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC), and Central Washington Building Trades to “advance the common good through increased community engagement opportunities for Union members […]

WSNA, UFCW 21 strike votes set at Providence Sacred Heart

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21: SPOKANE (Oct. 14, 2019) — More than 1,900 registered nurses of the Washington State Nurses Association and 1,280 service and maintenance workers of UFCW 21 have joined together in solidarity in scheduled strike votes against Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. These workers are […]

Register for EmPower Women’s Leadership Conference

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — Women in trades careers will join together for the EmPower Women’s Leadership Conference on March 8-9, 2020, at the Ilani Casino Resort to celebrate their success as leaders, inspire other women to find and embrace their inner leader, and showcase the possibilities when women succeed in breaking barriers. Union sisters, brothers and […]


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