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Judge: City of Spokane must follow state law, negotiate with union

The following is from the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME Council 2: SPOKANE (Aug. 16, 2021) — Spokane Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel on Friday sided with the union representing Spokane city employees, invalidating a city ordinance calling for “open negotiations’” — an ideological priority of Councilmember Michael Cathcart. Hazel’s ruling […]

Sign the petition: Cascade safety matters!

Healthcare workers walk off job at Cascade Behavioral Health over unsafe conditions, understaffing   TUKWILA (Aug. 13, 2021) — More than 100 healthcare workers at Cascade Behavioral Health care for some of the most vulnerable psychiatric and chemical dependency patients in their community. But instead of prioritizing safe patient care or treating workers with respect, […]

USTR Tai, DelBene meet with labor on worker-centered trade

SEATTLE (Aug. 10, 2021) — United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1st) met with Washington state labor leaders last Thursday at the Machinists District 751 hall in Seattle for a roundtable discussion on the impacts of trade policy on working families. Tai serves in a Cabinet-level position as […]

Join the new Pacific NW chapter of LCLAA

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 10, 2021) — The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) had its charter unanimously approved last week by LCLAA’s national board at the organization’s 2021 convention held Aug. 4-6 in Las Vegas. TAKE A STAND — The new LCLAA PNW chapter is already the fifth largest […]

Join Friday’s UALE forum on WNBA players’ fight for justice

(Aug. 6, 2021) — The women of the WNBA — professional athletes and union members — spent the summer of 2020 in “The Wubble,” locked down in a sports facility in Florida. The WNBA-Bubble protected them from the COVID-19 virus and allowed some of the finest athletes on earth to perform before empty stands. But […]

UW Medicine workers demand fair contract at pickets, rally

SEATTLE (Aug. 5, 2021) — Hundreds of nurses and healthcare workers at UW Medicine and their supporters participated in informational pickets on Wednesday to call on UW Medicine administration to settle an agreement that respects their sacrifice, protects them and their patients from COVID-19 and future pandemics, and pays them what is necessary to recruit […]

Teamsters 117 reaches tentative agreement with Darigold

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Aug. 5, 2021) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a tentative agreement with Darigold over a 4-year contract covering about 190 production warehouse workers at the facilities in Issaquah and at Rainier in Seattle. The agreement is fully-recommended by members of the union negotiations committee. Teamsters at […]

Picket, rally with UW caregivers Aug. 4

Nearly 4,000 nurses and healthcare workers in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW at UW Medicine will hold an informational picket Wednesday, Aug. 4 to call on UW Medicine administration to settle an agreement that respects their sacrifice, protects them and their patients from COVID-19 and future pandemics, and pays them what is necessary to recruit and retain […]

Teamsters reach agreement with Fred Meyer

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: PUYALLUP, Wash. (Aug. 2, 2021) — In a stunning display of unity, grit and determination, the Teamsters 117 bargaining committee has reached a tentative four-year agreement with Fred Meyer covering 500 warehouse workers. Teamsters at Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup will be voting on their contract by […]

Machinists District 751 shows why ‘It Pays to Be Union’

‘I’m very grateful to have this union, which has our backs,’ says member unjustly fired by Boeing. He won his job back and $157,000 in lost wages and benefits.   The following is from Machinists District Council 751: RENTON, Wash. (July 29, 2021) — IAM District 751 scored a victory for justice on the job, […]

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