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Kroger offers Fred Meyer workers extra pay after outcry 2020-05-19 [ABC]

Boeing to Restart Production in Washington State With 27,000 Workers 2020-04-17 [NYTimes]

Farm worker unions sue Washington state for safer work conditions due to coronavirus 2020-04-17 [Tri-City Herald]

Univ Wash grad student union throws support behind big business tax, citing housing and economic concerns For more info 2020-04-16 [The Daily]

Washington health care unions demand coronavirus hazard pay for workers 2020-04-09 [KREM]

After a labor strike and a pandemic, Swedish Hospital nurses have a contract 2020-04-07 [Crosscut]

Efforts underway to make sure farmworkers have access to care, information 2020-03-29 [Yamika Herald]

State expands unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19 outbreak 2020-03-11 [Q13 FOX]

Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are asking Seattle-based staff to work from home because of coronavirus 2020-03-07 [Union Journal]

Swedish Medical Center workers end 3-day strike; some workers turned away while temporary replacements finish 5-day contracts 2020-02-02 [Union-Bulletin]

Eight Thousand Hospital Workers Strike in Seattle 2020-02-01 [Labor Notes]

Swedish nurses and caregivers expected back at work by Sunday 2020-01-31 [Puget Sound Biz Jrnl]

Strike by Seattle nurses, staff closes emergency rooms 2020-01-31 [ABC News]

UFCW 21 endorses Bernie Sanders; Medicare For All 2020-01-30 [Kent Reporter]

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

Washington Farm Workers Talk Working Conditions With Visiting Mexican Senators 2020-01-30 [NW News Network]

Striking health care workers take to the picket line Tuesday at Swedish Edmonds 2020-01-29 [Edmonds News]

Seattle's Swedish strike gets personal for local workers as Tuesday deadline looms 2020-01-27 [Edmonds News]

Swedish employees to strike for three days next week 2020-01-25 [My Ballard]

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

King, Snohomish County nurses reverse course, announce intent to strike 2020-01-17 [MyNorthwest]

Tentative Agreement reached in Sacred Heart nurses contract negotiations 2020-01-09 [WSNA]

Union ratifies Clearwater Paper contract 2020-01-09 [Lewsiston Tribune]

Sports Illustrated staffers announce intention to unionize 2020-01-07 [KTVZ]

Amazon threatens to fire workers speaking out on climate change without approval 2020-01-05 [Komo News]

Nurses and caregivers at Swedish, Providence hospitals postpone strike 2020-01-04 [KUOW]

Mailer encourages state teachers to stop paying union dues 2020-01-04 [Herald Net]

Providence nurses, workers statewide – including in Spokane – intend to strike starting Jan. 14 2020-01-03 [Spokesman-Rev]

13,000 Providence caregivers statewide to announce strike 2020-01-03 [HeraldNet]

Workers move closer to strike as union rejects latest proposals from Swedish 2020-01-01 [Edmonds News]

8,000 nurses and caregivers prepare to strike for fair wages in Seattle while CEO gets 157% pay raise 2019-12-31 [AlterNet]

Swedish Medical Center nurses could strike by year’s end 2019-12-28 [Bellevue Reporter]

Maverick Gaming Select Choose Union Teamsters Local 117 2019-12-24 [Linkedin]

Three big changes should benefit Washington workers beginning next year 2019-12-15 [Seattle Times]

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

Journalists at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver vote overwhelmingly to unionize 2019-11-02 [nwLaborPress]

Union vote scheduled at The Columbian newspaper 2019-10-16 [nwLaborPress]

Buildings evacuated, workers injured after gas leak in North Seattle 2019-10-13 [KIRO]

Labor Dispute Involving Centralia Grocery Warehouse Resolved in Favor of Workers 2019-10-09 [Daily Chronicle]

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

Union membership is growing again in Washington 2019-09-02 [Spokesman-Rev]

SEIU-represented Kaiser employees set to strike in October 2019-08-28 [TDN]

Seattle teachers get 11% pay raise over 3 years in draft of new contract 2019-08-26 [Seattle Times]

Grocery store workers picket across King County 2019-08-02 [Kent Reporter]

Water District 19 operators join union 2019-07-18 [Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber]

Since Washington, D.C., Won’t Oversee Its Guest Worker Programs, Washington State Will 2019-07-05 [Am Prospect]

Transit Authority Wrong To Rebuff Union Ad, 9th Circ. Says 2019-07-04 [Law360]

Frye Art Museum Workers Vote to Form Union 2019-06-20 [Seattle Times]

Frye Art Museum Security Workers Vote Unanimously to Form Union 2019-06-19 [Art News]

Seattle workers: How We Won a $15 Minimum Wage and More 2019-06-08 [Jacobin]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]