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Speak up for PPE, because #SilenceKills

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association:   (April 3, 2020) — “As nurses and health care providers, we should not be expected to face this pandemic without proper personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE),” says Adam Halvorsen, a regis­tered nurse in Washington state and WSNA board member. ​“Now is the time to speak up, because […]

Everyday Hero: Craig Milless, Marysville firefighter/medic

MARYSVILLE (April 2, 2020) — Firefighters, medics and other first responders continue to do their jobs keep our communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These everyday heroes are continually exposing themselves to the coronavirus to protect the public. Here’s the story of one such hero, Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Milless, a member of Marysville Fire District/Marysville Professional […]

10 ways you can support frontline workers during this pandemic

(March 31, 2020) — The following is from UFCW 21, Washington state’s largest private sector union, which represents healthcare workers, grocery workers, and many others on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak: 1) Listen to experts.    The worse this outbreak gets, the harder it will be on everybody, including front line workers. Please, we’re begging […]

Donate to UNITE HERE’s local hospitality worker relief fund

The following urgent message is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (March 30, 2020) — As frontline workers in the hospitality, food service and transportation industries, nearly 5,500 UNITE HERE Local 8 members in Washington and Oregon and the families they support are among those most affected by the coronavirus. Thousands of union members are […]

Sign petition urging Macy’s to protect their workers amid crisis

BAD ACTOR ALERT: Unlike grocers, Macy’s unwilling to step up and help their employees   UPDATE (March 30, 2020) — See UFCW 21’s Macy’s COVID-19 update regarding the company’s temporary closure of stores. Bottom line: the union is still urging supporters o sign this petition. (March 27, 2020) — Throughout Washington state, grocery stores with […]

Supplies Save Lives: Donate unused personal protective gear

The following is from (March 19, 2020) — Washington state health care workers are running out of safety equipment to protect themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Nurses, health professionals, service and maintenance workers, and firefighters are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, but they are running out of […]

Grocery workers, their unions are stepping up to challenge

UFCW, Teamsters are fighting to protect members’ workplace safety, ensure access to the paid leave   UPDATE (March 18, 2020) — UFCW 21, 367 and 1439 and Teamsters 38 announced today they have reached an understanding with Fred Meyer/QFC, similar to the one already reached with Safeway/Albertsons (described below), to better support and protect grocery […]

Amid crisis, thousands of good union jobs available in state

(March 17, 2020) — Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many Washington workers are facing reduced hours, quarantines, or temporary layoff. The Washington State Employment Security Department, which manages the state unemployment insurance system, provides a safety net and partial wage replacement for workers facing quarantine or temporary layoff. But there are also many employers, including the […]

Laid-off, quarantined workers can access unemployment benefits

If you’re denied benefits, the Unemployment Law Project is here to help   SEATTLE (March 16, 2020) — Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses around Washington state face temporary closure. The state’s unemployment insurance system provides a safety net and partial wage replacement for workers facing quarantine or temporary layoff. Six days ago, Gov. Jay […]

State’s healthcare unions demand necessary protective equipment

Largest hospital and clinic unions call for highest possible level of personal protec­tion for caregivers during COVID-19 outbreak   SEATTLE (March 11, 2020) — The following is a joint statement released Tuesday by the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21 on personal protec­tions for health­care workers: The CDC has announced new […]


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