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27th annual Spokane Labor Rally is Wednesday, Oct. 16

SPOKANE VALLEY — The 2019 Spokane Labor Rally will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds, 404 N. Havana St. in Spokane Valley. This is the 27th consecutive year that the Spokane Regional Labor Council and its affiliated unions have hosted this popular event to share good […]

Teamsters win big ruling in UNFI relocation to Centralia

‘I’m prouder to be a Teamster now than I’ve ever been in 30 years’   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TACOMA (Oct. 9, 2019) — Teamsters at UNFI’s warehouse in Tacoma celebrated Monday after an arbitrator ruled that union members shall be allowed to transfer to Centralia under the same terms and conditions that […]

Union Breakfast set for Oct. 16 at United Way in Kennewick

KENNEWICK — The labor movement in the Tri-Cities area is stepping up its partnership between the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, the Southeast Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC), and Central Washington Building Trades to “advance the common good through increased community engagement opportunities for Union members and their […]

Teamsters striking Republic Services extend pickets to Seattle

Striking workers call on ‘Trash King of Seattle,’ Bill Gates, to provide living wages, affordable health care   The following is from Teamsters Local 25 in Boston: SEATTLE (Oct. 4, 2019) — Sanitation workers on strike at Republic Services in Marshfield, Mass., extended their picket line to Seattle Thursday morning. Approximately 250 Republic Services/Allied Waste workers throughout […]

Uber, Lyft drivers back ‘Fare Share’ in Seattle

Proposed 51-cent tax on ride-hail giants would ‘stop the race to the bottom’   The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATTLE (Oct. 3, 2019) — At a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, Uber and Lyft drivers urged the Seattle City Council to support their “Fare Share” priorities to establish a minimum pay […]

C2C celebrates 15 years of advocacy Friday in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — A unique grassroots organization that supports immigrant and farmworkers’ rights in Washington state is celebrating 15 years of fighting back. Community to Community Development (C2C) is holding its 15th anniversary in Bellingham, highlighting some of its accomplishments over the past decade and a half. Liz Darrow, C2C’s media coordinator, says the group has […]

An economic boost… gone with the wind?

Unions say RES Americas is not delivering on the promise of good local clean-energy jobs at Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project   By DAVID GROVES The Stand RAINIER, Wash. (Oct. 1, 2019) — In Washington state, organized labor has partnered with environmental groups to pass important legislation, like this year’s 100% clean energy bill. SB 5116 […]

Fred Meyer boycott ends with tentative deal

UFCW 555 reaches tentative agreement in Oregon, southwest Washington   TIGARD, Ore. (Sept. 30, 2019) — United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 announced Saturday that the union has reached a tentative contract agreement covering grocery workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway stores in Oregon and southwest Washington. With the deal, the […]

Attend forum on I-1000/R88 on Sept. 26 in Seattle

SEATTLE — All are invited to an open public forum on I-1000/R88 on the November ballot to restore equity and opportunity for veterans, small business owners, and communities of color across Washington state. It will be Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Thursday’s forum will feature former Gov. […]

UFCW 555 calls for Fred Meyer boycott in Oregon, SW Wash.

TIGARD, Ore. (Sept. 23, 2019) — Following 15-plus months of tense labor negotiations in which Fred Meyer/Kroger continually refused to respond to reasonable pleas to fix gross inequity in pay and thereafter committed unfair labor practices to coerce employees to settle for less, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 is calling on consumers to boycott, […]


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