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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]

Seattle Moves to End Minimum Wage Exemption for Disabled Workers 2017-08-19 [Seattle Weekly]

Strike by Concrete Truck Drivers Threatens Seattle Construction Projects 2017-08-18 [Transport Topics]

Strike by concrete drivers threatens Seattle construction projects 2017-08-17 [The Times]

Braceros Strike After One Worker Dies 2017-08-11 [Am Prospect]

Tests Show Workers At Hanford Nuclear Facility Inhaled Radioactive Plutonium 2017-08-04 [Slashdot]

Judge Sides With Workers, Dismisses Lawsuit Against Seattle Law Allowing Rideshare Drivers To Unionize 2017-08-04 [Workers Independent News]

Judge dismisses challenge to Seattle ridesharing-union law 2017-08-02 [The National Post]

First New Farm Workers Union in Half-Century 2017-07-20 [Foodtank]

Tech Workers Brace For Seattle's Plan to 'Tax The Rich' 2017-07-18 [NPR]

Workers win paid family leave 2017-07-02 [Working WA]

 VIDEO Court sides with Space Needle workers 2017-06-20 [King5]

Pickers at Washington state berry farm approve contract 2017-06-18 [The Island Packet]

Right to know extends to public sector labor talks 2017-06-18 [Yakima Herald]

Bus drivers union sues Spokane Transit Authority over refusal of pro-union bus ad 2017-06-04 [Spokesman-Rev]

Grain terminal, ILWU have smooth labor talks 2017-05-11 [Daily News]

Workers begin to fill collapsed radioactive tunnel at Hanford nuclear reservation 2017-05-11 [Seattle Times]

Hanford Workers Being Told to Take Cover! 2017-05-10 [KEYW]

Tunnel Collapses at Washington Nuclear Waste Plant; No Radiation Released 2017-05-10 [USNews]

Death on the job: Workers and a city they can't afford 2017-05-02 [Seattle PI]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]