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Today's news - Washington

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]

May Day: Here’s what to expect for today’s events in Seattle 2018-05-01 [Seattle Times]

Seattle braces for May Day 2018 2018-05-01 [KIRO7]

Washington school districts, teachers prep for summer of salary talks 2018-04-30 [Seattle Times]

Pay, sexual-harassment issues at stake as Univ WA grad students vote to authorize strike 2018-04-29 [Seattle Times]

Hanford workers seeking help for chemical exposure 2018-04-29 [KIMA]

Kadlec union rallies for better hospital working conditions 2018-04-26 [KNDO]

Burgerville Workers May Form America’s First Recognized Fast Food Union After Years Of Retaliation 2018-04-11 [Shadow Proof]

Workers radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition 2018-04-10 [Peninsula Daily News]

Seattle Teamsters union supports health of families but not soda tax 2018-04-09 [Herald Net]

Workers radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition in Hanford 2018-04-09 [ABC]

Radiation halts demolition at plutonium plant for Nagasaki bomb 2018-04-09 [The Asahi Shimbun]

Farm workers marching for equal rights in the fields 2018-04-09 [CBS]

Seattle Solidarity Network Scores Quick Win Against Thieving Temp Agency 2018-04-06 [libcom.org]

Home caregivers divided over union-backed bill signed into law 2018-03-30 [King5]

In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change 2018-03-20 [Curbed ]

Legislature takes steps to combat suicide among farm workers 2018-03-18 [Yakima Herald]

Unfair labor practices complaint filed by teachers union; issues to be presented to board 2018-03-17 [North Cost News]

Camas responds to firefighters unsafe work environment complaint 2018-03-13 [Camas-Washougal Post-Record]

Help on the way for ill Hanford workers 2018-03-08 [Tri-City Herald]

Law Makes It Easier for Hanford Workers to Get Worker Comp 2018-03-08 [USNews]

The list of pro-union workers fired by Burgerville is mounting 2018-02-28 [nwLaborPress]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]