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Striking Carpenters temporarily halt pickets

Union says unsanctioned picketing by Sawant, others has placed it in legal jeopardy   SEATTLE (Sept. 24, 2021) — The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters — an independent union that is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO or the Washington State Labor Council — has been on strike since Sept. 16 against Puget Sound-area employers. […]

A pathway to high-road employment: MLK Labor’s new union hiring hall

The following is from MLK Labor: SEATTLE (Sept. 24, 2021) — This past week, MLK Labor launched a groundbreaking digital hiring hall that will connect job-seekers with good, union jobs in King County. The project, which has been in development for months, will be run in partnership with the workforce development organization Partner in Employment […]

Vancouver educators rally for safe schools, fair contract

Understaffed Educational Support Professionals working without contract demand action from Vancouver Public Schools   The following is from the Washington Education Association: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Sept. 22, 2021) — Vancouver Public Schools leaders have put the health and safety of their staff and students at risk by refusing to offer fair compensation to classified school employees […]

Unanimous strike vote shows Sysco Teamsters are fired up

‘We work hard, they know we work hard. So pay us what we’re worth, that’s all we ask.’   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: KENT, Wash. (Sept. 17, 2021) — Judging from the combative spirit in the room, there was never a doubt how the Sysco strike authorization vote would go down. The […]

UW, Harborview workers rally for fair wage increase

UPDATE (Sept. 16, 2021) — Respect us, protect us, pay us! WFSE Local 3488 members were joined by community, students, and SEIU union siblings today at a rally for a fair wage increase at Harborview. University of Washington, it's time to pay Harborview employees what they're worth. — AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) (@wfsec28) September […]

Hospitals on brink of unprecedented crisis

Preexisting staff shortages have reached critical levels; nurses, healthcare workers and patients need immediate action from hospitals in Washington state   The following is from the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21: (Sept. 14, 2021) — The reality cannot be overstated: Washington hospi­tals are on the brink of a crisis, and […]

Celebrate Labor Day safely, join campaign to pass the PRO Act

(Sept. 3, 2021) — Welcome to Labor Day weekend, a time to celebrate the achievements of unions and working people! Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many of the Labor Day picnics and events traditionally hosted by unions and Central Labor Councils across the state are not being held in the interest of public […]

Union pensions, private equity play role in climate crisis: report

The following is from the University of Washington’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies: SEATTLE (Sept. 2, 2021) — Despite alarming findings by the United Nations and others that climate change signals “code red for humanity,” private equity firms continue to acquire fossil fuel assets and expand long-lasting infrastructure. And many labor pensions continue to […]

Sign letter supporting WEC, WCV workers organizing union

The following is from the Evergreen Workers Union, an affiliate of CWA 7800: SEATTLE (Aug. 26, 2021) — The workers of Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) are proud to stand together as the Evergreen Workers Union, affiliated with Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7800, to build more just and equitable […]

Labor Secretary meets with Cascade workers on safety

Walsh hears from Cascade Behavioral Health workers about unsafe conditions at hospital   The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TUKWILA, Wash. (Aug. 16, 2021) — Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh held a listening session Friday with nurses and healthcare workers at Cascade Behavioral Health, many of whom have been on a safety strike […]


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