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Multiple virtual events to celebrate MLK Day

With the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations caused by the Omicron variant, many but not all events and activities honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend and during MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 17 will be held virtually. Here are some MLK Day events that may be of interest to union members […]

Lifelong union activist, historian Ross Rieder passes away at 81

GRAHAM, Wash. (Jan. 14, 2022) — Ross K. Rieder, 81, passed away Dec. 14 after an extended illness. A former public school teacher and a lifelong educator, Rieder was a union activist with the American Federation of Teachers, a former Washington State Labor Council staffer, and founding President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. […]

Striking Teamsters picket Republic Services

Teamsters 117 members honor picket lines as San Diego recycle, yard waste drivers extend them to Puget Sound area   TUKWILA, Wash. (Jan. 12, 2022) — Puget Sound recycle and yard waste drivers, who are represented by Teamsters Local 117 and work at Republic Services, are honoring picket lines that were established by striking Teamsters […]

In strike’s 6th week, Teamsters shut down Port of Everett

Contribute to strike fund, visit picket lines to support striking concrete workers   The following is from Teamsters Local 174: EVERETT (Jan. 12, 2022) — Striking concrete mixer drivers and plant workers employed by Lehigh Northwest Cement Company extended their picket line to the Port of Everett’s 55,000-ton bulk storage cement facility for three hours […]

Week of MLK events to focus on ‘Truth in Education Now!’

“Labor Solidarity Across Communities of Color” virtual workshop on Jan. 11   SEATTLE (Jan. 7, 2022) — The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition, an all-volunteer organization composed of grassroots, labor, business, people of color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region, has a jam-packed week of activities leading up to […]

1,500 researchers at UW file to form union with UAW

The following is from UW Researchers United: SEATTLE (Jan. 4, 2022) — On Dec. 20, a majority of Research Scientists/Engineers (Assistant-4) from every discipline across all three campuses of the University of Washington filed their representation petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission, seeking to be certified as a new bargaining unit. “Despite the organizing […]

Educational equity workers unionize with IAM 160

The following is from IAM District 160: (Jan. 4, 2022) — Employees at non-profit Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) won their union election, capping off a year-long organizing effort seeking to gain greater voice in their workplace. Uniquely, the union — organized under the name “LEE United,” by The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace […]

A Wellfounded union to provide quality patient care

Nurses and healthcare workers at Tacoma’s Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital form first-ever union with SEIU 1199NW   The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TACOMA (Dec. 17, 2021) — United in their determination to ensure better patient care and safer working conditions, nurses, mental health technicians, unit secretaries, and housekeeping staff at Tacoma’s Wellfound Behavioral […]

Stop Grinch bosses from stealing Christmas for Teamsters families

As Merlino brothers try to steal strikers’ Christmas, support Teamsters 174’s Holiday Toy Drive   The following is from Teamsters Local 174: SEATTLE (Dec. 15, 2021) — With 330 Teamsters still on strike and the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to show these employers that no matter how cruel they decide to be, they will never […]

Raised in Union, Tricia Schroeder elected to lead SEIU 925

The following is from SEIU Local 925: SEATTLE (Dec. 9, 2021) — Members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 elected Tricia Schroeder as the third-ever president of their union. Schroeder not only lives and breathes union, she grew up there, too — in Union, Washington! Her upbringing in a small rural town where […]

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