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Hailed As Rideshare Driver Victory, New Law Lets Uber and Lyft Limit Labor Rights

by Tushar Khurana


On March 4, a labor law concerning rideshare drivers successfully passed through the Washington State Legislature and made its way to the governor’s desk. The Drivers Union, a ride-hailing drivers association affiliated with the Teamsters Local 117 labor union that lobbied heavily for the bill, called it an unprecedented victory that “secures the highest labor standards for Lyft and Uber drivers … including a statewide minimum wage for drivers, paid sick leave, workers’ compensation benefits, and protection against unfair termination.”

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Seattle and Skagit Communities Commemorate May Day

by Guy Oron

(This article originally appeared on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Across Skagit County and Seattle, hundreds of workers and their families marched and celebrated International Workers Day, popularly known as May Day. Organizers highlighted the struggle for better wages and conditions as well as a variety of other progressive causes.

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Seattle Colleges Professors Protest Stagnant Salaries While Inflation Soars

by Ari Robin McKenna

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On Tuesday, April 24, a group of Seattle Colleges professors protested outside the Broadway Performance Hall before walking to their district headquarters, Siegal Center. Inside, union leaders, who professors say aren’t fully representing their needs, were bargaining. Their salaries for the next three years hung in the balance between the 0% raise professors say was initially offered by Seattle Colleges, the 15% raise the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Seattle Local 1789 is bargaining for, and the 40% raise they say is necessary to keep them afloat during historic national inflation in a city where the cost of living is over 50% above the national average.

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Concrete Deliveries Resume to West Seattle Bridge as Worker Strike Continues

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Update: Striking Concrete Drivers and Workers Return to Work, Negotiations Continue

The 300-plus ready-mix concrete and dump drivers and support staff on strike since last December offered an unconditional return to work Monday, April 11, though negotiations for a new contract will continue, according to a Friday, April 8, announcement from Teamsters Local 174.

The return to work was offered as a way to break a logjam of construction projects across the Puget Sound region including the West Seattle Bridge repair project and the Federal Way Link light rail extension project. 

“For months, the concrete companies have used their control over Seattle’s concrete industry to drag out negotiations, and it has been devastating for our community and for our sisters and brothers in the Building Trades,” said Teamsters Local 174 secretary-treasurer, Rick Hicks. 

Hicks said returning to work was a gracious offer by the union on behalf of the people of Seattle and that the companies should “start negotiating in good faith and stop stonewalling negotiations, as they have for months.” The Teamsters said they put forth nine different proposals that were rejected.

Last updated on 04/11/2022.


On Tuesday, April 5, truck drivers began to once again deliver loads of concrete to the West Seattle Bridge after repairs were paused due to a union strike

Since late last year, concrete workers and members of the Teamsters Union began a strike in King County to advocate for a contract that would meet their goals regarding pensions and medical coverage. 

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OPINION: There Are No Shortcuts

by Rosalinda Aguirre


I come from two generations of Mexican immigrants who picked cotton, harvested hops and beets, and labored on the rail lines throughout the country. Through my parents’ work, I met men and women who toiled day after day in the fields for minimal wages and without health care. It was one of my first introductions to social inequality.

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Storyville Coffee Workers Are Unionizing to Fight for Better Pay

by Guy Oron


Storyville Coffee baristas and bakers filed a petition to unionize on Feb. 17. If successful, the new union would represent a total of 14 workers at two locations: Pike Place Market and Queen Anne. In a public statement, the workers expressed their wishes to collectively negotiate a contract which would ensure a livable wage.

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A Duwamish Valley Truck Electrification Program Looks to Reduce Air Pollution

by Tushar Khurana

But the program faces a legacy of driver exploitation…


For months, the news has been brimming with stories of the so-called “supply chain crisis” — the disruption of shipping and manufacturing that has stranded cargo carriers and logjammed containers at ports around the world, resulting in PPE shortages, empty grocery shelves, and a general scarcity of consumer goods. But for many communities, the global distribution system’s routine operations present regular supply chain crises of a different sort. 

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OPINION: Why Casino Workers Are on Strike in Cambodia — and How You Can Help

by Polly Woodbury


Nearly every business in the world has been affected by COVID-19. Undoubtedly, it has been a difficult time to navigate successful operations. However, when a multimillion-dollar company unilaterally terminates 1,329 workers — and nearly 1,100 of them are union leaders, members, and activists — this is not a means of adjusting payroll, it’s an atrocious act of union-busting.

This is what one of the most successful casinos in the world, NagaWorld casino in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, committed against the Labor Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU) in April 2021. Despite LRSU’s attempts to collectively bargain to find a solution for all sides, these efforts were rebuffed and the dispute remains unresolved.

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Construction Stalls Across King County as Concrete Workers Strike for Fair Wages and Health Care

by Tushar Khurana


As the omicron-fueled fifth wave of COVID-19 disrupts schools, grocery stores, airports, and hospitals, construction across King County has come to a standstill as well, albeit for different reasons. For nearly eight weeks now, drivers and workers have been striking at Gary Merlino Construction and the region’s five major concrete suppliers. As a result, many of Puget Sound’s largest construction projects — including affordable housing and the Federal Way Link light rail extension project in the South End — are now on hold.

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