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As Boeing resumes work, unions say safety comes first

IAM 751 and SPEEA tell members: Safety is our top priority amid pandemic   SEATTLE (April 17, 2020) — The Boeing Co. on Thursday announced a phased approach for resuming work at its Puget Sound-area facilities to begin next week, promising that “the company has taken extra precautions and instituted comprehensive procedures to keep people […]

Join UW’s online labor seminars every Tuesday and Wednesday

(April 13, 2020) — The University of Washington’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies has announced two weekly on-line labor seminars featuring a wide range of labor scholars and activists. The webinars are free and open to the public. For example, this Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. you can hear about “Gig Labor and the Law” […]

IATSE is sewing solidarity for frontline workers

With almost all members out of work, IATSE has mobilized to make needed PPE   SEATTLE (April 10, 2020) — Few unions have been hit harder by the job loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic than the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. These are the entertainment industry technicians, artisans and craftspersons who work in […]

Sunrise Dental is now offering emergency services

The following is from Sunrise Dental: (April 10, 2020) — Sunrise Dental is a Union dental group and is comprised of independently owned dental offices throughout Washington and Oregon. We are a group of Unionized dentists who morally believe that taking care of our employees and patients is our No. 1 priority. During these difficult […]

SEIU6 deal: 5,000 Seattle-area janitors keep health coverage

The following is from SEIU6: SEATTLE (April 9, 2020) — Over 5,000 janitors who clean commercial buildings, hospitals, and municipal buildings in the Seattle area will maintain their full-family, 100% employer-paid health insurance for at least three months in the event that COVID-19 causes layoffs in the janitorial industry. SEIU6 initiated the deal, which was […]

Metro/King County workers seek PPE, hazard pay, transparency

SEATTLE (April 9, 2020) — Bus drivers, custodians, and other transit workers spoke out Tuesday on the need for urgent safety measures on Metro/King County bus and rail service amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an open letter to King County officials, more than 50 transit workers called for full Personal Protective Equipment, hazard pay in […]

WA State LERC webinar series on COVID-19 issues begins April 8

The following is from the Washington State Labor and Education Research Center: With the COVID-19 pandemic less than a month old, labor advocates have pushed for and won new economic supports for our community. However, our successes at the federal, state and local level have created a confusing patchwork of resources. Labor leaders continue to […]

WSNA: Speak up for PPE, because #SilenceKills

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association:   (April 3, 2020) — “As nurses and health care providers, we should not be expected to face this pandemic without proper personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE),” says Adam Halvorsen, a regis­tered nurse in Washington state and WSNA board member. ​“Now is the time to speak up, because […]

Everyday Hero: Craig Milless, Marysville firefighter/medic

MARYSVILLE (April 2, 2020) — Firefighters, medics and other first responders continue to do their jobs keep our communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These everyday heroes are continually exposing themselves to the coronavirus to protect the public. Here’s the story of one such hero, Firefighter/Paramedic Craig Milless, a member of Marysville Fire District/Marysville Professional […]

10 ways you can support frontline workers during this pandemic

(March 31, 2020) — The following is from UFCW 21, Washington state’s largest private sector union, which represents healthcare workers, grocery workers, and many others on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak: 1) Listen to experts.    The worse this outbreak gets, the harder it will be on everybody, including front line workers. Please, we’re begging […]

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