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Today's news - Washington

State Democratic lawmakers push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play 2018-02-16 [Bainbridge Island Review]

Hanford radioactive contamination grows: 6 workers, 2 offices, 36 vehicles 2018-02-16 [Yakima Herald]

State Senate approves pair of union-backed bills after lengthy debate 2018-02-11 [Seattle Times]

Senate passes plan to set up new way to manage home care workers 2018-02-11 [Spokesman-Review]

Freedom Foundation not a friend to working-class families 2018-02-10 [Statesman Jrnl]

Tensions Flare at Capitol After Democrats Try to Pass Pro-Union Bills After Midnight 2018-02-10 [Chronicle]

Package of labor bills could bolster local union membership 2018-02-09 [TDN]

Union-backed bills spark debate on state Senate floor 2018-02-09 [HeraldNet]

Seattle school bus drivers strike continues 2018-02-08 [MyNW]

School-bus contractor is no stranger to labor disputes 2018-02-04 [The Times]

Employees of GBW Railcar Services in Chehalis Protest as Contract Negotiations Get Underway 2018-02-03 [Chronicle]

Foreign Workers Say They Were Told by Munger and Sarbanand Farms to Pick Blueberries Unless They Were on Their Death Beds 2018-02-02 [Mother Jones]

David Rolf is Teaming Up with Uber, Some in Labor Say WTF 2018-01-27 [The Stranger]

New tests show Hanford workers exposed to radiation 2018-01-27 [KOMO]

Amazon’s New Seattle Supermarket Could Be Grim News for Human Workers 2018-01-27 [New Yorker]

Law granting sick time goes into effect in Washington 2018-01-06 [Thv11]

State investigates construction worker's deadly fall in Seattle 2018-01-03 [KOMO]

New changes to the workplace for Washington workers, including minimum wage boost 2018-01-02 [KATU News]

Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions 2017-12-31 [The Herald]

Teamsters official says Noel Canning workers wanted out 2017-12-28 [The Herald]

Hospital cuts supervisor pay by 10%, eyes staff reductions 2017-12-23 [Becker's Hospital Rev]

As robots take on more work, Amazon invests in warehouse workers' education 2017-12-21 [KUOW]

Several Workers Possibly Contaminated At Hanford Nuclear Site 2017-12-16 [KUOW]

Union, business interests voice support for oil terminal 2017-12-13 [The Columbian]

Union agrees. Some Hanford chemical vapor protection can be reduced 2017-12-12 [The Herald]

States, AFL-CIO Back Seattle's Uber Union Law In 9th Circ. 2017-12-12 [LexisNexis]

Domestic workers launch campaign as Seattle looks at new rights for nannies and house cleaners 2017-12-07 [Seattle Times]

A Green New Deal 2017-12-06 [TRN]

Univ. Of Washington postdocs: Unionize to stop sexual harassment on the job 2017-12-01 [People's World]

Workers finish cleaning up nuclear burial ground at Hanford 2017-12-01 [KOMO]

School bus tries to leave lot through picketing crowd as drivers strike in Seattle 2017-11-30 [News Tribune]

Providence hospice workers union says it will strike 2017-11-24 [The Herald]

The door-to-door union killers: rightwing foundation takes labor fight to the streets 2017-10-27 [The Guardian]

Striking S.S. Steiner workers in Yakima say their rights are on the line 2017-10-25 [Yakima Herald]

Seattle workers accuse airline caterer of backtracking on fines and wages 2017-10-22 [KUOW]

Hanford nuclear site workers report possible chemical vapors 2017-10-20 [Herald Net]

What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle 2017-10-20 [Wash Post]

Hundreds protest Trump’s immigration policies in Seattle 2017-10-16 [Seattle Times]

This State Wants to Offer Universal Benefits to Gig Workers 2017-10-14 [Fortune]

Seattle Teacher: Dear Betsy DeVos, You’re Not Welcome Here For more info 2017-10-13 [I am an Educator]

Protest Planned for Betsy DeVos's Arrival in Bellevue on Friday 2017-10-12 [The Stranger]

Washington AG Sues Private Prison Company For Paying Incarcerated Workers In Snacks, Chicken 2017-10-09 [Workers Independent News]

Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of Washington Are Trying to Start a Union Because Their Lives Suck 2017-10-08 [Stranger]

State workers denounce far-right, union-busting Freedom Foundation 2017-10-04 [Liberation]

Farmworkers end strike against Larson Fruit 2017-10-03 [AP]

Foreign farmworkers’ unusual strike in Central Washington shows new labor muscle 2017-10-02 [The Times]

Seattle mayor wants all workers to have an IRA 2017-09-26 [KUOW]

Reason for rate drop in workers’ comp should be clearer 2017-09-23 [Seattle Times editorial]

Lawsuit: ICE detention center paid imprisoned workers less than $1 per day 2017-09-21 [CNN Money]

70 Mercer Island union workers continue strike 2017-09-21 [MI Reporter]

This month in labour history

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]

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]

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]

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

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