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Today's news - Washington

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]

Why we formed an independent farm workers union 2017-09-19 [Open Democracy]

One Month In, OPEIU Local 8 Strike Against Union Benefits Provider Continues 2017-09-18 [Workers Independent News]

OPEIU Local 8 strike at Welfare and Pension Inc. continues 2017-09-15 [nwLaborPress]

Car Rental Workers At Seattle Airport Win Nearly Two Million Dollars In Back Pay 2017-09-10 [Workers Independent News]

Seattle’s landmark Uber-Lyft pro-union law delayed again following appeals court ruling 2017-09-09 [Geek Wire]

 VIDEO Virginia Mason Memorial hospital workers are fighting against healthcare changes made last year 2017-09-09 [KIMA]

Rental car workers at Seattle airport win nearly $2 million in lawsuit over $15 minimum wage 2017-09-08 [LATimes]

Unions Win Next Round In Seattle Gig Worker Organizing Battle 2017-08-31 [JD Supra]

Judge upholds Seattle's collective-bargaining law for Uber, Lyft drivers 2017-08-27 [Seattle PI]

Tour of Central Washington farms, dairies focuses on Latino workers’ rights 2017-08-27 [Seattle Times]

Seattle push to end lower pay for workers with disabilities: Would it help or hurt? 2017-08-27 [Seattle Times]

Landmark Uber-Lyft driver union law can move forward after federal judge tosses lawsuit 2017-08-25 [GeekWire]

Seattle-area union members who dole out benefits to other union workers go on strike 2017-08-25 [Seattle Times]

Kelso teachers union agrees to tentative new labor deal 2017-08-22 [TDN]

Tech Workers Join Calls For Amazon to Improve Working Conditions for Security Guards 2017-08-19 [The Strangler]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]