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Teamsters on ULP strike at Gary Merlino

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: SEATTLE (Nov. 23, 2021) — At 5:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, pickets went up at Gary Merlino Construction plants in Renton and Seattle as workers walked off the job in an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike. The strike was called after GMC management refused to bargain in […]

Katie Garrow of Laborers 242 takes helm at MLK Labor

The following is from the MLK Labor Council: SEATTLE (Nov. 18, 2021) — Katie Garrow was sworn in Wednesday night to serve as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the MLK Labor Council. Katie was nominated at the September Delegates Meeting and won unanimously. Garrow, who is a member of Laborers Local 242, will serve a three-year […]

State rules that Spokane County must negotiate with AFSCME

The following is from AFSCME Council 2: SPOKANE (Nov. 17, 2021) — The Spokane County Commission has been found guilty of an unfair labor practice and ordered by the State of Washington Public Employment Relations Commission to stop refusing to negotiate with the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME Local 492, the […]

Strike averted as Kaiser unions reach tentative agreement

Deal includes wage increases and wage justice, major staffing improvements, and two-tier is defeated   LOS ANGELES (Nov. 15, 2021) — After months of negotiations, the 52,000 members of the Alliance of Healthcare Unions, which includes the 3,400 Kaiser Permanente employees of Oregon and southwest Washington who are represented by the Oregon Federation of Nurses […]

New Cascade contract is a national model for the industry

After 3½ month strike, Cascade Behavioral Health workers in Tukwila overwhelmingly ratify deal to improve safety and wages   TUKWILA, Wash. (Nov. 11, 2021) — In a watershed moment for workers in the behavioral health industry, nurses, mental health technicians, and support staff represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW at Cascade Behavioral Health voted overwhelmingly on […]

Cascade workers reach deal to end strike

Cascade Behavioral Health workers reach tentative agreement to end safety strike. Join return-to-work rally on Monday morning in Tukwila.    The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TUKWILA, Wash. — Lidia Abushet, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Cascade Behavioral Health, released the following statement on Friday: “Today, we celebrate the power of having a unified […]

Support Kaiser workers on verge of strike

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers, including in Oregon and SW Washington, will strike on Nov. 15   OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2021) — The management of Kaiser Permanente should be ashamed. The company has offered the Alliance of Health Care Unions, a coalition of 21 union locals up and down the West Coast, just 1 […]

Teamsters at Sysco ratify ‘groundbreaking’ new contract

Teamsters 117 members will see wage increases of $4/hour, plus pension and medical security   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Nov. 4, 2021) — An often overlooked part of our identity as Teamsters is that we work hard, incredibly so. Lewis Lemafa and his co-workers at Sysco are prime examples of that. […]

Join UW Harry Bridges Center as it honors students, faculty Nov. 9

SEATTLE (Nov. 4, 2021) — Join the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies for a special evening on Zoom as it honors student and faculty achievements and raises funds for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. This event — from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 — is free and open to […]

Vancouver educators authorize strike to address school safety

Vancouver Association of Education Support Professionals say VPS staffing crisis puts students at risk   The following is from the VAESP: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Oct. 29, 2021) — Members of the Vancouver Association of Education Support Professionals (VAESP) overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to authorize their leadership to call a strike if they deem it necessary in the […]


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