by Dae Shik Kim
When I used to live on Capitol Hill, I would run into Kshama Sawant a couple times a month at the Central Co-op. I would always take a quick peek into her shopping cart and knew right away she was about to throw down. Seattle is a small enough city where it isn’t out of the ordinary to see one of your local electeds in public. I’ve seen Andrew Lewis in his Indochino suit panic-jogging through Pioneer Square so many times and never really thought much of it. But seeing Kshama Sawant do “human” things always felt a little different. Maybe because most of us have never seen her break “character,” especially within the walls of City Hall. Or maybe because corporate media loves to portray “radical leftists” as joyless figures, quick to cancel others, perpetuating stereotypes that overlook multifaceted lives and passions.
Continue reading Love, Labor, and Legacy: An Exit Interview With Councilmember Kshama Sawant
How Washington’s history with labor movements gives Washingtonians a unique perspective on recent labor strikes.
by Christopher Lara
Hollywood officially ground to a halt when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) began a strike after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell apart.
Continue reading OPINION | Connecting Washington Labor History and the Hollywood Strike
by Ari Robin McKenna
Ongoing negotiations between Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and IUOE Local 302 — the union representing custodial staff, culinary services, school grounds crews, and security workers — could potentially threaten the start of the 2023–2024 school year.
Continue reading Contract for Seattle Public Schools’ Support Staff Expired Thursday, Casting a Pall Over the Start of the School Year
by Jesse Kennemer
For a food service worker, even a mild case of COVID in the “post-pandemic era” can lead to critical loss of personal income or even losing a job. This is before even taking into consideration the potential health impact of the infection itself, especially in the long-term.
Continue reading OPINION | Working With COVID
by Ronnie Estoque
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) gathered for its first national convention in Seattle from Aug. 3–6, featuring hundreds who marched in support of Embassy Suites hotel workers in Pioneer Square seeking an updated labor contract.
During the convention, APALA also recognized two local organizers with national awards for their dedication to the Asian and Pacific American labor movement, which has a long and storied history in the Seattle area.
Continue reading APALA Awards Recognize Local Labor Union Leaders
by Luna Reyna
Tuesday evening, the Seattle City Council Public Safety and Human Services Committee held the only public hearing where community members could give input on the upcoming Seattle Police Management Association (SPMA) contract before closed-door negotiations.
Continue reading Public Hearing on Seattle Police Union Contract Considered a ‘Sham’ by Some, Progress by Others
by Guy Oron
(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
On July 25, the Teamsters union announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with UPS over pay and conditions, just a week before 340,000 workers were poised to go on strike in what would have been the largest single-employer work stoppage in United States history.
The announcement followed months of tense negotiations and more than a year of preparation by the union. For weeks, UPS workers held practice pickets to show the shipping company they would not back down.
Continue reading Teamsters Union Reaches ‘Historic’ Agreement With UPS, Faces Criticism From Rank-and-File