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Machinists ratify new labor deal at Intalco, urge BPA power deal

With members’ approval of new 5-year contract, BPA power deal is final step to modernizing and restarting aluminum smelter     The following is from the International Association of Machinists (IAM): FERNDALE, Wash. (May 20, 2022) — IAM Local 2379 (District 160) members at Intalco Works, a Washington State aluminum manufacturing plant, have overwhelmingly ratified a […]

UWMC social workers announce unionization with SEIU 925

SEATTLE (May 19, 2022) — Social workers at the University of Washington Medical Center announced this week that they are joining together with SEIU 925 to improve their wages, working conditions and the essentials services they provide. Here’s the announcement they made to their colleagues: We, the Social Workers at the University of Washington Medical […]

Tell McClatchy execs: Commit to equitable wages in our state

The following is from the Washington State NewsGuild: (May 18, 2022) — The journalists of four local newsrooms in Washington state, The Olympian, The News Tribune in Tacoma, The Bellingham Herald and Tri-City Herald, have been bargaining for a year to secure a first contract with The McClatchy Company that recognizes the hard work we […]

Support Pierce Co. employees struggling to get a fair contract

Amid proposed wage freezes, county workers will picket today in Tacoma. Sign a message of support!   TACOMA (May 17, 2022) — All union members and community supporters of quality public services in Pierce County are urged to show their support for the county’s employees who are struggling to get a fair contract. TAKE A […]

Nurses: All deserve reproductive health care

Washington State and Oregon Nurses Associations ‘unequivocally opposed’ to criminalization of abortion   SEATTLE (May 12, 2022) — The following joint statement was released Wednesday by the Washington State Nurses Association and the Oregon Nurses Association: The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) stand firm in our resolve that all people […]

‘Revolutionary Nonviolence’ online seminar will be May 20

The University of Washington Tacoma’s Labor Solidarity Project will present “Revolutionary Nonviolence: An Online Seminar on Organizing for Freedom” on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar will feature Dr. Kent Wong, the Director of the UCLA Labor Center, along with labor and community activists, and UWT students. Click here to register. […]

1,600 WSU student workers file for union representation

The following is from WSU-CASE: PULLMAN, Wash. (May 6, 2022) — On May 4, graduate and undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistants, as well as Tutors and Graders and others — collectively known as Academic Student Employees or ASEs — across all campuses and extension centers of Washington State University filed their representation petition with the […]

Central Puget Sound grocery workers ratify new contract

3-year deal includes wage increases of $4 to $9 an hour, gains in safety and training, health care benefits protected with no increased costs, a secured pension and more.   The following is from UFCW 3000: DES MOINES, Wash. (May 2, 2022) — Frontline essential grocery store workers stayed on the job during the pandemic, […]

Retirees give McMorris Rodgers ‘Zero Award’ for voting record

The following is from the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans: SPOKANE (April 28, 2022) — Area retiree members of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans gathered in Spokane at the office of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Monday to present her with a Retiree “Zero Award” for earning a score of 0% in […]

Participate in May Day events on Sunday

Celebrate International Workers’ Day in Seattle, Aberdeen, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Yakima   For decades, organized labor has joined immigrant rights and community activists to celebrate “May Day,” or International Workers’ Day, on May 1 at events and marches that call for stronger workers’ and immigrants’ rights. All union members and community supporters are encouraged to […]

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