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Tag Archives: Collective Bargaining

NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking about the American Dream with Abigail Disney

Excerpt: In the ninth and final installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney about her film "The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales," labor organizing, and improving the lives of the workers at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking worker organizing, ALU’s future with Chris Smalls

Excerpt: In this sixth installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with organizer and Amazon Labor Union President Chris Smalls about the unifying power of workers joining forces to bargain collectively and the future of the ALU.
Written by:Caya Berndt
Categories:Economic Security, Events, Policy Topics, Series & Special Reports
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Laborers fight for safe working conditions while the media chases right wing protesters

Excerpt: While big media has focused on protests organized by covidiots, one hundred and ninety worker actions resulting from refusing to be victims of COVID-19 are largely ignored.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties, Economic Security, Healthcare, Policy Topics, World Commmunity
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Labor for Bernie rallies in Seattle ahead of Washington’s March 10th presidential primary

Excerpt: Speeches from Washington's Pramila Jayapal and union leaders made the case for the Sanders campaign and helped attendees organize.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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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 the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Economic Security, Policy Topics
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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
Categories:Economic Security, Litigation, Policy Topics
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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
Categories:Economic Security, Education, Policy Topics
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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
Categories:Economic Security, Live Coverage
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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
Categories:Economic Security, Education, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics
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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
Categories:Breaking News, Economic Security, Policy Topics
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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
Categories:Economic Security, Policy Topics
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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 the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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