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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]

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

This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]