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Starbucks illegally kept wages, benefits form union workers For more info 2023-10-03 [Bloomberg]

With 3 recent wins, Starbucks union gains traction in Eastern WA 2023-09-21 [Crosscut]

Mushroom workers and community members rally in support of union drive 2023-09-07 [Real Change]

Advocates ramp up support in Seattle for farmworker union recognition 2023-09-03 [The Times]

Healthcare workers to rally at Kaiser Permanente Washington in Capitol Hill 2023-07-27 [SEIU]

It's hot. For farmworkers without federal heat protections, it could be life or death 2023-07-10 [NPR]

Outdoor workers will soon benefit from revised heat protections 2023-07-07 [JJKeller]

NLRB sues Starbucks over treatment of Seattle workers 2023-07-07 [Reuters]

Butting heads: Tacoma Art Museum board and workers differ on who’s eligible to join union 2023-06-24 [News Tribune]

Richland onion processor pays nearly $90K to workers after overtime investigation 2023-06-24 [Tri-City Herald]

Starbucks Agrees to Give Unionized Workers Back Pay for Missed UW Game Shifts 2023-06-16 [Eater]

“American exports sitting idle at the docks” as union actions shut down Port of Seattle 2023-06-11 [KIRO]

Port of Seattle cargo operations 'shut down' amid labor negotiations For more info 2023-06-11 [KING5]

PMA says US West Coast port workers shut down Port of Seattle; workers' union denies claim 2023-06-11 [Reuters]

Growing Anger & West Coast Work Action: ILWU Local 52 Past Pres Gabriel Prawl On Firings In Seattle For more info 2023-06-05 [LVP]

Supreme Court Rules Against Seattle-Based Workers 2023-06-05 [Urbanist]

In blow to unions, Supreme Court rules Glacier Northwest can pursue strike damage claim 2023-06-02 [NBC]

Supreme Court rules against union in labor dispute involving truck drivers and wet concrete 2023-06-02 [FOX]

Seattle Amazon workers plan walkout Wednesday over layoffs, return-to-office mandate 2023-05-31 [KIRO]

Seattle Amazon Workers Plan Walkout Over Return to Office, Climate Concerns 2023-05-28 [Slashdot]

Seattle Amazon workers plan walkout over return to office, layoffs 2023-05-23 [Seattle Times]

Victory in WA mushrooms, but still a long way to go 2023-05-20 [UFW]

Farmworkers continue to speak out about conditions at Sunnyside mushroom plant 2023-05-09 [The Herald]

Efforts to unionize agricultural workers in WA face long-standing hurdles 2023-04-30 [The Herald]

Most gig workers paid sick leave under new Seattle law 2023-03-30 [ABC]

Seattle groups rally against Amazon’s alleged union busting in Kentucky 2023-03-27 [The Times]

Starbucks union fight shows hard road for many toward contract 2023-03-05 [Columbia]

Statement from Alphabet Workers Union-CWA in support of Seattle ordinance to ban caste discrimination 2023-02-23 [Alphabet Workers Union]

After layoffs, ex-Amazon workers wonder about ‘Earth’s Best Employer’ 2023-02-12 [Columbian]

Senators hear from healthcare workers on hospital staffing crisis 2023-01-18 [WSNA]

Ostrom mushroom workers in Sunnyside rally again for union recognition 2023-01-15 [Yakima Herald-Republic]

Kroger workers across Western Washington haven’t received proper wages over two months 2022-12-18 [NWPB]

Seattle ILWU Longshore Local 19 & 52 Workers Fight Coast Guard Land Grab Of Working Port Terminals For more info 2022-11-25 [LVP]

Advocates say rules protecting outdoor workers from heat aren't being enforced 2022-09-28 [NPR]

Tumwater Starbucks workers announce they will strike Friday and Saturday 2022-09-09 [Olympian]

Seattle cancels first day of school as teachers go on strike 2022-09-07 [Aljazeera]

Seattle CEO Dan Price, who cut his pay so workers earned $70K, resigns 2022-08-19 [KOMO]

Seattle Area Verizon Wireless Retail Workers Ratify First Union Contract, Drive Organizing Momentum at Telecom Giant 2022-08-10 [CWA]

‘Domestic Workers Bill of Rights' Measures Introduced in Legislature 2020-01-30 [Daily Chronicle]

Prove them wrong: They are disabled — except on the job 2016-12-18 [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]

Uber-Lyft driver union law faces ‘hard road ahead' after ruling 2018-05-13 [The Gulf News]

Swedish Medical Center nurses in Seattle vote to strike, demand ‘equity and inclusion' 2019-11-19 [KIRO]

In Seattle, domestic workers don't have the same protections as others—but that could change 2018-03-20 [Curbed ]

Amazon's Seattle Workers Are Planning Their First-Ever Walkout—for Climate Action 2019-09-11 [Slate]

Three arrests as protest marches on Capitol Hill for ‘essential workers' 2020-11-28 [Capitol Hill Seattle]

Police: Armed man spews ‘KKK' remarks at Lynnwood Walmart 2020-01-20 [Herald Net]

'There is no going back to normal': El Comité to march in support of workers, immigrants' rights May 1 2021-05-01 [KING 5]

I take care of workers in Yakima County, a coronavirus hot spot: ‘The nearest hospital is a few miles away, but most refuse to use it' 2020-06-24 [MarketWatch]

7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach' Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers 2018-07-13 [NYTimes]

This month in labour history

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]

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 The American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all products made in Germany in order to protest Nazi antagonism towards German unions. [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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-10-1825 After 8 years and over 1,000 dead, mostly Irish migrants, the Erie Canal is open, linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. [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]