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Legislature passes break and overtime protections for health care workers 2019-05-04 [Issaquah Reporter]

'A lot of heavy hearts today': Tech and construction workers pause at scene of Seattle crane collapse 2019-04-29 [GeekWire]

Washington's deadliest jobs since 2011, per federal government dataent-data 2019-04-20 [Seattle PI, via KOMO News]

Seattle Labor Chorus sings of 1919 General Strike 2019-04-19 [People's World]

Drug distributor readies to close Everett facility 2019-04-06 [Herald Net]

Macy's workers win sick days by fighting fashionably 2019-04-03 [Labor Notes]

Macy’s Workers Win Sick Days by Fighting Back Fashionably 2019-03-31 [Truth Out]

Macy*s Workers Win Sick Days by Fighting Back Fashionably 2019-03-29 [Labor Notes]

Union to picket Michelle Obama’s Tacoma book event 2019-03-24 [KING 5]

April 10th will henceforth be celebrated as Dolores Huerta Day 2019-03-24 [The Advocate]

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]

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]

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

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

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [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]