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Tag Archives: Collective Bargaining

Familias Unidas por La Justicia ends Sakuma Farms boycott, unionization vote scheduled

Excerpt: Readers, here’s some very encouraging news from our brothers and sisters at Familias Unidas por La Justicia that we just received minutes ago: Dear Supporters: As of today, Sakuma Brothers Farms and Familias Unidas por La Justicia have mutually agreed to conduct a secret ballot election within the next 8 days. The election will determine if […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Labor movement finally catches a break as Supreme Court deadlocks in Friedrichs case

Excerpt: A right wing attempt to severely weaken public sector unions ended in failure today when the Supreme Court announced in a one-sentence ruling that it would not overturn its 1977 decision allowing such unions to charge non-members agency fees to cover the cost of representing them in collective bargaining negotiations. Presumably, the remaining members of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Emerald City teachers overwhelmingly ratify new contract with Seattle Public Schools

Excerpt: Teachers in Seattle have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with Seattle Public Schools, which means classes will be held as scheduled tomorrow and in the months beyond, the Seattle Education Association announced tonight. The agreement had three components. All were ratified with large margins. “Today was a great day for unity in Seattle […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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#NN15: Ending Inequality For All

Excerpt: This panel, led by Charles Chamberlain, is a discussion on the issues of inequality in the workplace and how progressives can tackle these issues. Panelists include: Elba Diaz, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Keith Ellison, Analilia Mejia, Amanda Monroe The country has turned a critical eye toward the historic gap between the 1 percent and the rest of […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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Lake Washington teachers latest to walk out in protest of inadequate education funding

Excerpt: Teachers in the Lake Washington School District – which serves 26,700 students in NPI’s hometown of Redmond along with the neighboring cities of Kirkland and Sammamish – have voted to walk off the job on Wednesday, May 6th in protest of the Legislature’s completely inadequate response to the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, and its refusal […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Machinists reject Boeing’s unreasonable offer on 777X work by a two-to-one margin

Excerpt: The thirty thousand plus members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751 have overwhelmingly voted to reject an offer from the Boeing Company that would have replaced their existing labor agreement with a new long-term contract, the union’s leadership announced earlier tonight. At a press conference in Seattle, IAMAW 751 President […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Know where to shop for groceries in the event that UFCW members go on strike

Excerpt: As of this morning, we are twelve hours away from a possible strike against Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertson’s, and QFC by our brothers and sisters in the United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 21. The hardworking members of Local 21 are trying to negotiate a new contract with the big chains, but so far, they […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Analysis: New Republican-backed bills would cut injured workers’ benefits

Excerpt: Last week all pretense of bipartisanship in State Senator Rodney Tom’s new coalition was abandoned with its introduction of five anti-labor bills purposely intended to weaken worker’s compensation. The new caucus formed by Senators Tom and Sheldon and the Republicans is trying to rush these bills through to passage. A floor vote is expected in […]
Written by:Linda Seltzer
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Waste Management reaches agreement with Teamsters; truck drivers returning to work

Excerpt: A days-long, regionwide strike against Waste Management by its recycling and garbage truck drivers will likely be over as of tomorrow, thanks to successful negotiations that resulted in a new multi-year contract, the company and Teamsters Local 117 announced this evening. The strike began last week when recycling truck drivers began picketing Waste Management after […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Boeing, Machinists reach agreement to build next generation 737 in Renton

Excerpt: The Boeing Company announced this morning that it has tentatively reached a labor agreement with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) that will ensure the next generation of its 737 narrow-body jet (known as the MAX) will be built in Renton, Washington, where production of the current 737 is based. “The 737 MAX builds upon […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Don’t forget to celebrate LABOR Day!

Excerpt: It’s been accepted as gospel that the greatest economic engine in America is small business – a myth started more than a generation ago by groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce and propagated by politicians who want to cultivate a ‘pro-business’ reputation. In fact, the greatest force in the American economy for much […]
Written by:Steve
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Recall efforts well underway in Wisconsin, Democratic Party says

Excerpt: Heartening news from the Badger State: In another sign that the Wisconsin GOP’s quick passage of the bill to roll back bargaining rights is only causing the fight to escalate, Dems have now collected over 45 percent of the signatures necessary to hold recall elections for eight GOP state senators, the Wisconsin Democratic Party tells […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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