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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]

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]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]