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100 years ago in Seattle: Every union member prepares to strike in support of shipyard workers 2019-02-03 [Spokesman-Rev]

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 and a century of evolution 2019-01-19 [Seattle Times]

Facing $11M shortfall, Everett, WA, offers buyouts to 300 AFSCME workers 2019-01-13 [Albany Times Union]

Seattle’s hotel worker protections struck down in court:If upheld, no panic buttons, no health-care subsidies 2018-12-26 [Crosscut]

State appeals court strikes down Seattle’s hotel-worker rights law, citing faulty ballot measure 2018-12-25 [The Times]

Justice Department sues Washington state over law to compensate sick Hanford workers 2018-12-12 [Seattle Times]

Judge: Public sector union doesn’t have to refund fees it received from nonmembers prior to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 2018-11-30 [Bloomberg]

Airplane fuelers at Sea-Tac threaten holiday strike amid contract negotiation 2018-11-22 [The Times]

night of wins for working people 2018-11-15 [nwLaborPress]

Seattle nightclub workers undertake unique training for active shooters 2018-11-12 [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Unions helped write Washington’s carbon fee initiative. Some also want to sink it 2018-10-27 [McClatchy]

Biggest Univ WA labor union ratifies contract after tense negotiations 2018-10-03 [Seattle Times]

Seattle will require businesses to let workers pay for transit with pretax wages 2018-10-02 [Seattle Times]

Kelso's recovery from 2015 teacher strike may guide Longview 2018-09-23 [TDN]

Postal workers gather downtown to protest privatization of mail services 2018-09-21 [Spokesman-Rev]

UFW workers begin 5-day fast for reconsiliation at Darigold HQ in Seattle 2018-09-21 [UFW]

Boeing Calls Back Retired Workers To Help Keep Up With Supply Chain 2018-09-19 [NPR]

Help bus workers to Darigold HQ as they kick off 5-day protest & fast 2018-09-19 [UFW]

Tentative agreement reached in strike that stalled Kitsap road projects 2018-09-09 [Kitsap Sun]

Workers’ union has reached a tentative deal to end construction strike 2018-09-08 [Crane Watch]

21 hotel workers arrested for blocking street in protest over contract dispute 2018-09-05 [PI]

Seattle-area construction strike enters second week, with no movement at bargaining table 2018-08-29 [The Times]

Some deals are done but threat of teacher strikes remains 2018-08-27 [Herald Net]

Construction labor strike halting municipal projects 2018-08-27 [MyNW]

Pot Workers Unionize for the First Time 2018-08-25 [The Stranger]

Work stoppage halts Highway 12 projects 2018-08-25 [Daily World]

Washington state union crane operators strike 2018-08-23 [CNN]

Foreign workers’ two-day walkoff at Whatcom County farm ends with settlement 2018-08-22 [Seattle Times]

Crane operators reject contract, vote to strike 2018-08-21 [MyNorthwest]

For Women, by Women: A Sisterhood of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses for the Homeless 2018-08-18 [Yes!]

Sign here: Darigold milk = fear & intimidation! 2018-08-16 [UFW]

Building Bridges: Trump Attacks 1.2 Million Federal Workers Represented by Unions For more info 2018-07-25 [WBAI Radio]

Seattle council to vote on new rights for nannies, house cleaners and gardeners 2018-07-22 [The Times]

7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers 2018-07-13 [NYTimes]

Amazon warehouse workers need a union — a heavy lift in today’s America 2018-07-06 [The Times]

Seattle Considers a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights 2018-06-30 [Slate]

Seattle: How Cities Became the New Unions 2018-06-29 [Politico]

Lawsuit alleges blacklisting of Mexican farmworkers who joined 2017 orchard strike 2018-06-16 [The Times]

The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The investigation into the killings of two union workers in 1981 2018-06-14 [Real Change]

Mukilteo teachers authorize strike and pack another meeting 2018-06-12 [Herald]

Amazon asks judge to keep brakes on driver Seattle misclassification case 2018-06-06 [Reuters]

Oyster union made this coast stronger 2018-05-30 [Chinook Observer]

Vancouver Fire Dept. reviews efforts to address gender bias 2018-05-28 [The Columbian]

Most common job in Seattle isn’t in retail anymore, and 4 out of 5 of these workers are men 2018-05-17 [Seattle Times]

Teacher: We are sitting ducks here on gun-free campuses 2018-05-14 [Union-Bulletin]

Uber, Lyft drivers hit roadblock on Seattle labor union law 2018-05-13 [Brinkwire]

Uber-Lyft driver union law faces ‘hard road ahead’ after ruling 2018-05-13 [The Gulf News]

Appeals court reinstates challenge to Seattle rideshare law 2018-05-12 [SD Union-Trib]

County guilty of unfair labor practices 2018-05-05 [So Whidbey Record]

Photos: May Day 2018 In Seattle Turns Out Peaceful 2018-05-03 [Seattle Patch]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]