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Today's news - Washington

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]

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]

This month in labour history

3-06-2016 A federal judge ruled that women's soccer players could not go on strike, despite their collective bargaining agreement (which included a no-strike clause) having expired. The women were in dispute over pay discrimination. [more]

3-06-1900 The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union is founded in New York City. [more]

4-06-1912 Massachusetts becomes the first US state to establish a minimum wage [more]

4-06-2012 When National Football League referees failed to agree to a new contract, which included big pension cuts, the NFL locked them out and began hiring scabs to replace them. Bosses came up with a revised offer which was agreed on 26 September. [more]

9-06-1865 Helen Marot, campaigner for working women, is born. [more]

11-06-1913 Police shoot at maritime workers on strike at United Fruit Co. in New Orleans, killing one. [more]

12-06-1904 Defying AFL's Samuel Gompers, 50,000 members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen walk off their jobs. [more]

16-06-1918 Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene Debs makes his famous speech against capitalism in Canton, OH, which will land him in jail. [more]

19-06-1912 The eight-hour day is adopted for Federal employees [more]

20-06-1947 President Truman vetoes the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, but his veto is overturned by Congress three days later. [more]

23-06-1999 Workers at Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in North Carolina vote for union recognition after a 25 year struggle [more]

26-06-1894 American Railway Union members begin to refuse to run trains including Pullman cars, until the strike at Pullmans is settled [more]

27-06-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World, later popularly known as the Wobblies, is founded in Chicago with the aim of uniting all workers in One Big Union [more]

29-06-1894 Over 125,000 workers on two dozen railroads have joined the boycott of Pullman cars [more]

30-06-1918 Socialist anf labor leader Eugene Debs is arrested under the Espionage Act for making an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio [more]