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Here’s how you can support Swedish strikers

Management refuses to negotiate, so 8,000 SEIU Healthcare 1199NW workers will conduct ULP strike on Jan. 28-30   (Jan. 24, 2020) — Reports indicate that Swedish-Providence management is hiring scab workers and security guards — at a cost of more than $11 million! — rather than continue negotiations with its 8,000 nurses and frontline caregivers, […]

Apprenticeship: ‘It means having a future’

Ironworkers 86 apprentice’s success story catches Gov. Inslee’s attention   By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Jan. 21, 2020) — Sometimes, all it takes to start someone on the path to a good-paying family-supporting career is a few words of encouragement. Just ask Robert Arce. When he and his fiancée moved to Washington from California, […]

SEIU 1199NW plans Jan. 28-30 strike at Swedish-Providence

UPDATE (Jan. 17, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.) — The Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21 today released a statement of solidarity with the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members at Swedish-Providence. The unions said they “fully support Swedish workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW as they serve 10-day notice to the hospital of their intention to […]

Some Providence contract wins, but the work’s not done

UPDATE (Jan. 20, 2020) — UFCW 21 members overwhelmingly approve contracts at Holy Family and Sacred Heart — UFCW 21 reports that its Tentative Agreements for service and maintenance workers at Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family in Spokane passed overwhelmingly by a vote of the membership of these bargaining units. Over the weekend, […]

Edgewater Hotel workers in Seattle on the verge of striking

Support them by signing a pledge to honor the strike line, and joining in Jan. 18 picket   SEATTLE (Jan. 15, 2020) — Workers at the Edgewater Hotel represented by UNITE HERE Local 8 have been in contract negotiations for more than seven months. A 93 percent majority of them voted to strike because hotel […]

Clark College faculty reach tentative deal to end strike

UPDATE (Jan. 15, 2020) — The Clark College Association for Higher Education (CCAHE) posted the following news release late Tuesday night: Striking Clark College faculty members and their college administration have reached a tentative contract agreement. There will be no picketing tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 15. The CCAHE union has scheduled a general membership meeting for […]

UFCW 21: Nurses at St. Mary’s, St. Peters, Centralia reach TAs

(Jan. 10, 2020) — The following was distributed Friday morning by UFCW 21: This morning we are announcing that over the night, UFCW 21 RNs from St Mary’s in Walla Walla and then our RNs at St Peters from Olympia and Centralia all reached Tentative Agreements. Just over one week ago 13,000 nurses and health […]

Lake Washington school ESPs, bus drivers authorize strike

UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2020) — The Lake Washington Education Support Professionals (WEA) announced last Friday that they have reached a Tentative Agreement! The details have not yet been released, pending a ratification vote of the members. Teamsters Local 763, representing the bus drivers, paraeducators, and warehouse employees, is reporting progress but has not yet reached […]

As community backs workers, progress in Providence talks

(Jan. 9, 2020) — More tentative agreements continue to be reached between Providence management and its frontline healthcare workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW, Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21. The progress comes as hundreds of Providence caregivers and their supporters held candlelight vigils Wednesday night outside Providence hospitals across Washington state. As […]

SPEEA: Boeing ‘holding families hostage’ via paid leave loophole

Union urges company to stop using Washington’s paid family leave standard as a bargaining chip   The following is from SPEEA: SEATTLE (Jan. 9, 2020) — Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) is making it easier for workers to take time off from jobs to care for newborns or family members, unless you are […]

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