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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]

Frye Art Museum Declines to Recognize Security Workers’ Union 2019-06-08 [Art News]

Security Workers at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum Form Union 2019-06-07 [Art News]

More Washington workers could see OT pay under proposed rule 2019-06-06 [Albany Times Union]

BUILDING BRIDGES: High Voltage Women - Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light For more info 2019-05-31 [WBAI Radio]

Dozens of dairy workers demand $1 million in alleged unpaid wages from Mabton farm 2019-05-30 [Yakima Herald]

In Vancouver, Sen. Murray touts bill backing unions: Measure would put new teeth into existing protections 2019-05-30 [Columbian]

Legislature passes break and overtime protections for health care workers 2019-05-04 [Issaquah Reporter]

'A lot of heavy hearts today': Tech and construction workers pause at scene of Seattle crane collapse 2019-04-29 [GeekWire]

Washington's deadliest jobs since 2011, per federal government dataent-data 2019-04-20 [Seattle PI, via KOMO News]

Seattle Labor Chorus sings of 1919 General Strike 2019-04-19 [People's World]

Drug distributor readies to close Everett facility 2019-04-06 [Herald Net]

Macy's workers win sick days by fighting fashionably 2019-04-03 [Labor Notes]

Macy’s Workers Win Sick Days by Fighting Back Fashionably 2019-03-31 [Truth Out]

Macy*s Workers Win Sick Days by Fighting Back Fashionably 2019-03-29 [Labor Notes]

Union to picket Michelle Obama’s Tacoma book event 2019-03-24 [KING 5]

April 10th will henceforth be celebrated as Dolores Huerta Day 2019-03-24 [The Advocate]

100 years ago in Seattle: Every union member prepares to strike in support of shipyard workers 2019-02-03 [Spokesman-Rev]

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 and a century of evolution 2019-01-19 [Seattle Times]

Facing $11M shortfall, Everett, WA, offers buyouts to 300 AFSCME workers 2019-01-13 [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]

State appeals court strikes down Seattle’s hotel-worker rights law, citing faulty ballot measure 2018-12-25 [The Times]

Justice Department sues Washington state over law to compensate sick Hanford workers 2018-12-12 [Seattle Times]

Judge: Public sector union doesn’t have to refund fees it received from nonmembers prior to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 2018-11-30 [Bloomberg]

Airplane fuelers at Sea-Tac threaten holiday strike amid contract negotiation 2018-11-22 [The Times]

night of wins for working people 2018-11-15 [nwLaborPress]

Seattle nightclub workers undertake unique training for active shooters 2018-11-12 [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Unions helped write Washington’s carbon fee initiative. Some also want to sink it 2018-10-27 [McClatchy]

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]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]