Labor

The Seattle City Council introduced legislation to approve the Seattle Police Officer Guild’s tentative agreement with the city on Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Will Seattle’s Police Contract Stand the Test of Reforms?

The Seattle City Council introduced legislation to approve a long-awaited agreement, but not everyone seems satisfied.

 

The Westin Seattle workers represented by Unite Here Local 8 gather at Gethsemane Lutheran Church after voting to strike on Sep. 14. Photo by Abby Lawlor

Hotel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

The Westin Seattle employees will picket to demand higher wages from Marriott International.

 

Hundreds of teachers rally outside of John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence to ask for raises in the upcoming contract with Seattle Public Schools. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Is a Strike Looming at Seattle Public Schools?

Some educators say they’re ready to stall negotiations to demand competitive wages.

 

Developmental Disabilities Administration employees take a break during the workday to advocate for higher pay and affordable health insurance on August 9, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

State Employees Can’t Afford Seattle

As the cost of living booms, case managers in contract negotiations cite low wages for high turnover rates.

Developmental Disabilities Administration employees take a break during the workday to advocate for higher pay and affordable health insurance on August 9, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Velma Veloria, Sutapa Basu, and Emma Catague (left to right) have worked to spread labor trafficking awareness over the past two decades. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Advocates Seek to Eradicate Labor Trafficking in Washington

Meet the three local woman who are bringing the issue to the forefront.

Velma Veloria, Sutapa Basu, and Emma Catague (left to right) have worked to spread labor trafficking awareness over the past two decades. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

Washington AG’s Deal Grants Mobility to Fast Food Workers Nationwide

Seven fast food chains have agreed to end no-poaching policies that economists say cause wage stagnation.

Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Matt Wade/Flickr

How Will the Supreme Court’s Janus vs. AFSCME Ruling Impact Washington’s Unions?

The case decision eliminates “fair share” fees, but local unions say they’re prepared.

The Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Matt Wade/Flickr

May Day Marchers Emphasize Intersectionality

Photographs and stories from a peaceful edition of the annual March for Immigrant and Workers Rights.

New Seasons Market’s Old Baggage

As the Portland grocer expands to Seattle, labor organizers raise concerns about its treatment of workers.

Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere

King County Employment Continues to Rise

New statistics show a decrease in unemployment and higher average pay, but the growth may start to slow.

Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere
Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative Still Awaits Full Rollout

Over a year after voter approval, the law’s framework remains unset and open for public suggestion.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

Workers Protest UW Laundry Closure

Over 100 employees would lose their jobs if the Rainier Valley facility shuts down.

Seattle school bus drivers ended a nine-day strike that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Schools Still Seeking Future Options After Bus Drivers End Nine-Day Strike

As the yellow bus service resumes, the district continues plans to attract more contractors.

Seattle school bus drivers ended a nine-day strike that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

The Office of Labor Standards Sets Plan for Implementation of the Hotel Worker Law

It has been more than a year since the law was approved by voters.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

What Has Changed in the Year Since the Passage of Seattle’s Hotel Worker Law?

According to hotel housekeepers on the Westin’s night shift, not much.

Judge Upholds Seattle’s Hotel Worker Law

In December, three hotel associations sued over I-124. A ruling released Friday keeps it intact.

UW Demands Nike Allow Labor Investigators Unprecedented Access to Sweatshops

Otherwise, threatens UW President Ana Mari Cauce, she’ll cut the school’s contract with Nike.

Established Labor Is Pissed At Seattle’s New Left

With ally Ed Murray on his way out, local labor is losing its patience for leftist upstarts.

Hotels Challenge ‘Blacklist’ Provision of New Hotel Workers’ Law

A provision of I-124 requires hotels to keep lists of guests accused of sexually harassing or assaulting staff. Is it ‘McCarthy-esque,’ or just good practice?

Seattle Teachers to Vote On Possible May Day Strike

Councilmembers Sawant and O’Brien have voiced their support for the labor action.