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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]

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]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]