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13,000 Providence healthcare workers preparing to strike

UPDATE (Jan. 6, 2020) — Providence and Swedish healthcare workers from across the state have postponed announcing a strike date after negotiators “made significant progress on key issues” on Jan. 2 in contract talks. Both sides were optimistic about reaching a deal in the next week. On Jan. 3, the unions reported: “Over the last […]

Strike ends as Willapa Valley teachers, district ratify deal

UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2019) — The Washington Education Association reports: Both Willapa Valley Education Association and the school district ratified a three-year contract Monday night, ending the 14-day strike. The strike cancelled classes for 10 days. The new contract will increase pay by 13.5 percent over three years, on top of the 23-percent McCleary increase […]

Teamsters 117 wins historic gains for Uber, Lyft drivers

Seattle legislation establishes groundbreaking grievance procedure, sets the table for minimum wage protections   SEATTLE (Dec. 12, 2019) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a significant victory in the fight to bring workers in the gig economy a voice on the job. The Seattle-based union led the way in helping to pass a new law […]

As New Seasons store closes, UFCW 21 acts to help workers

SEATTLE (Dec. 11, 2019) — Portland-based New Seasons Market has announced that it is closing the Ballard grocery store that opened in May 2018 amid protests from labor supporters who decried the company’s union-busting activities at its Oregon stores. Metropolitan Market, a unionized Seattle chain with seven locations in the Seattle area, will take over […]

Union Jobs Clearinghouse lists staff positions available in WA

(Dec. 11, 2019) — Union members and other progressive leaders who are interested in getting staff jobs with labor unions and allied organizations in Washington state, and across the nation, should check out the Union Jobs Clearinghouse at It’s the “central site for posting the open positions in unions and socially allied organizations and […]

Clark College faculty union votes to authorize strike

  VANCOUVER (Dec. 9, 2019) — The Clark College Association for Higher Education, the union for full-time and part-time faculty at the Vancouver community college, voted unanimously on Saturday to authorize a strike. The union has been trying to negotiate a new contract for more than 14 months that makes faculty pay more competitive with […]

Support Edgewater Hotel workers at pickets on Dec. 7

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE — Workers at the Edgewater Hotel have been in contract negotiations for more than six months. The hotel is asking its employees to accept wages below other downtown hotels and refuses to secure their jobs if the hotel is sold. Management has lashed out at workers […]

St. Elizabeth nurses in Enumclaw picket, rally for fair contract

RNs are calling on CHI Franciscan to provide safe staffing, affordable health care   UPDATE (Dec. 5, 2019) — Thanks to all who supported the nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday! Here’s coverage from The (Tacoma) News Tribune:   ► In today’s News Tribune — Enumclaw nurses picket over pay, staffing as CHI Franciscan aligns […]

Kadlec nurses win major victory with tentative agreement

Nurses maintain paid time off benefits, win enhanced staffing and workplace violence language   The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: RICHLAND (Nov. 27, 2019) — In a major victory for Kadlec nurses, the Washington State Nurses Association and Providence Kadlec Regional Medical Center reached a tentative contract agreement Monday night. In the […]

Teachers in Raymond OK strike if deal not reached by Dec. 2

UPDATE (Dec. 2, 2019) — The Willapa Valley Education Association thanks all who attended the Nov. 25 school board meeting to urge a fair contract for educators in that district. Unfortunately, school administrators still have refused to budge after another day of bargaining on Nov. 26. So that evening the union took a strike authorization […]


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