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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]

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]

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]