Don't think for a second that just because you live in Washington State where union density is relatively high, that big business and corporate-backed politicians won't try to snatch away your collective bargaining rights or introduce so-called "right-to-work" legislation that is designed to destroy unions.
Just this past May, Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) introduced a bill that would have made Washington the 25th right-to-work state (SB 5935).
Almost a year ago today, Local 117 members at Davis Wire returned to work after a three-month long unfair labor practice strike at their facility.
Despite knowing the truck entrances, sidewalks and railroad tracks like the back of my hand, yesterday was the first-time that I have ever been inside of the facility.
Over the past 50 years workers have been under attack, but in the past 20 years the fight has radically escalated.
When workers today try to organize into a union - and according to most surveys a clear majority of unorganized workers want union representation - they are faced with violent anti-worker campaigns run by union busters.
It’s hard to be more committed to the labor movement than Aramark’s Tim Tracy.
Tim is a steadfast supporter and a 12-year Shop Steward, who is filled with ideas for promoting his Union.
He is also experienced in the art of tagging, aka graffiti art.
(Seattle, WA) – Puget Sound taxicab operators and their community allies converged on City Hall on Friday to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle's personal transportation industry.
The drivers circled the block blaring their horns, then parked their cabs en masse on 4th Ave. demanding that city officials take immediate action.
The waters of Puget Sound are full of them – rat-like creatures with big wings, a long snout, and iridescent eyes. Their glow attracts divers at night, and they lay an abundance of eggs in the murky sediment, hundreds of feet deep on the coastal shelf.
NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The "fair" in fair trade has a shallow meaning when it comes to Theo Chocolate, a Seattle-based chocolatier, that despite its "fair trade" certification, engaged in a vicious anti-union campaign during a Local 117 organizing drive in 2010.
Once it heard that a majority of its workers wanted to join the Teamsters, Theo hired a union-busting consulting firm, terminated a union leader, held workers in captive audience meetings that lasted up to four hours, and said that they would rather shut down the Fremont-neighborhood factory than sign a union contract.
Early this evening, warehouse workers and drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a fully-recommended 5-year contract agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI).
The contract vote, which was held after a 3:30 p.m. meeting at the Teamsters building in Tukwila, officially ends the nine-week strike that started on December 10 at the company’s distribution center in Auburn, WA. Picket lines at the facility were taken down at approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening.