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Labor dispute

Unions serve as scapegoat for Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO — "First off," Scott Walker proclaimed, "we took on the unions, and we won. We won!"Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kids, not pay, top list of reasons for teacher walkouts

A recent letter to the Herald chastises teachers for the one-day walk-outs that occurred around our state. The big complaint was that it inconvenienced parents, who are stressed finding childcare, while teachers are striking for more money (cost of living increases). But these strikes...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Commentary

West Coast dockworkers ratify 5-year contract

LOS ANGELES — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Time for action

Editorial: Enough with the statements on education funding

Date: 05/21/2015 | Editorials

Truck drivers end strike at Los Angeles-area seaports

LOS ANGELES — Drivers who picketed several trucking firms at the nation’s busiest seaport complex returned to work Friday after a weeklong strike they say will not be their last.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Business Wire

Port truck drivers strike against four L.A.-area companies

LOS ANGELES — Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach walked off the job Monday, organizers said, launching a protest against four trucking firms they accuse of wage theft.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business Wire

Reps for West Coast dockworkers urge union to OK contract

LOS ANGELES — A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers’ union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest

Lawsuits over pay can work against women

Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us. The plaintiff was a Harvard-educated lawyer suing for a healthy $16 million. The defendant was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the high-powered venture capital firm. The...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Heed Providence nurses’ warning on staffing issues

It was a sea of yellow outside my daughter's hospital room on St. Patrick's Day this year as Providence's nurses held an informational picket to raise awareness of staffing and pay issues. Herald readers may have read that day's story, or seen the picket in person. If so, a friendly...

Date: 03/30/2015 | Commentary

Imports plunge at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES — Months of congestion at West Coast ports — the result of a labor dispute and other logistical problems — led to major shifts in U.S. trade patterns.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Business Wire

Still no contract for Providence nurses

EVERETT — After six months of negotiation, contract talks between Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and 1,400 registered nurses remain deadlocked.The two sides have been unable...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Local News

Cheap labor — too cheap

Herald editorial: Young athletes should be paid their due

Date: 02/25/2015 | Editorials

Under investigation, junior hockey league seeks labor law exemption

OLYMPIA — While Washington’s four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labor practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest

Labor dispute: Delayed cargo ships only downside at Everett port

EVERETT — The labor dispute that clogged major West Coast ports barely affected the Port of Everett, which moves much less cargo than the state's two biggest seaports — Tacoma and Seattle.The major issue here was "working with ships delayed" at other...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Business

Except for Oakland, West Coast seaports in full operation

OAKLAND, Calif. — West Coast seaports were back at full operation Sunday, except in Oakland, California, which has seen another work disruption.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World

Refinery strike spreads to biggest U.S. site

The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years was poised to expand this weekend in a labor dispute that may start having more of an impact on the price consumers pay for gasoline.The United Steelworkers union said Saturday that workers at the largest...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World

West Coast ports tackle huge cargo backlog

LOS ANGELES — Labor-management peace is returning to West Coast seaports — and with it, eventually, the free flow of cargo across docks that handle about one-quarter of U.S. international trade.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire

Tentative contract in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Business Wire

Port shutdown looms as talks stall

LOS ANGELES — Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse.Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 West Coast seaports which handle about $1 trillion of goods annually will be mostly closed four of the next five days.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Business Wire

Port shutdown looms as talks stall

LOS ANGELES — Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse.Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 West Coast seaports which handle about $1 trillion of goods annually will be mostly closed four of the next five days.

Date: 02/11/2015 | Business Wire

Steelworkers to expand strike to 2 BP refineries in Midwest

DALLAS — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Nation & World

Port lockout: Some Everett work will continue

EVERETT — Companies that handle billions of dollars of cargo at West Coast seaports said Friday they will hire far fewer workers this weekend, the latest escalation in a contract dispute with dockworkers that threatens to shut down a vital link in U.S.-Asia trade.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Business Wire

Providence nurses turn to leafleting to air contract grievance

EVERETT — Registered nurses at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, whose contract expired in October, are taking their case to the public through informational leafleting.Money,...

Date: 02/05/2015 | Local News

West Coast port lockout could be days away

LOS ANGELES — West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Business Wire

Union asks refinery workers to strike after talks break down

The United Steelworkers Union called for its refinery workers to stage their largest walkout in more 30 years Sunday, saying its negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down less than two weeks after they began.

Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World

Fired Mountlake Terrace officer won’t get job back

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A former Mountlake Terrace police commander has lost his appeal for his job back after nearly a year of legal wrangling.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Sirens

Port dispute: Weyerhaeuser to cut Longview jobs

LONGVIEW — Weyerhaeuser said it will cut production and jobs at its Longview pulp and paper mill because of the West Coast labor dispute that is making it difficult to ship products to customers overseas.The company did not say Wednesday how many workers would be affected.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire

Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

LOS ANGELES — A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Business Wire

State senator to look into apparent slowdown at West Coast ports

OLYMPIA — A Washington state senator said he will look into the apparent slowdown of cargo moving through West Coast ports.Spokane Republican Michael Baumgartner said Northwest growers of Christmas trees have been particularly hurt as goods have sat on docks in recent weeks.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

Session fails to end UO teaching assistants’ strike

EUGENE, Ore. — A day-long mediation session has failed to resolve a strike by graduate teaching assistants at the University of Oregon.The Register-Guard reports that Thursday’s session ended after 11?1/2 hours. The newspaper says talks may resume Friday.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Northwest

Employers decry ‘break’ in West Coast port talks

LOS ANGELES — Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn Thursday, as the union insisted on “small table” talks while employers decried the “extended break.”

Date: 11/20/2014 | Business Wire

1-day strike at 2 hospitals at Tacoma

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Northwest

Strife at West Coast ports threatens holiday goods

LOS ANGELES — Labor strife at major West Coast sea ports is threatening the delivery of holiday goods that consumers expect and retailers need to turn a profit.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

It’s time to be realistic about employee use of marijuana

If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado. As a teenager, Coats was in an automobile accident that left him severely disabled. Now 34, Coats...

Date: 10/06/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Air France pilots end strike after 14 days

PARIS — Despite no deal in sight, Air France’ s main pilots union on Sunday unilaterally ended a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline’s flights, stranded passengers worldwide, cost tens of millions of dollars and led France’s prime minister to decry a “selfish” walkout.

Date: 09/28/2014 | Business Wire

Workers allege racism at Seattle tunnel site

SEATTLE — A group of African American workers is suing the companies hired to dig Sound Transit’s light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle, saying they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race.

Date: 09/23/2014 | Northwest

EvCC, teachers union settle legal dispute

EVERETT — After four years, a legal battle has ended between Everett Community College and the teachers union.

Date: 09/13/2014 | Local News

SPEEA gets help from AARP Legal Foundation

WICHITA — AARP Foundation Litigation has joined the union representing engineers and technical workers at Boeing and other aerospace companies in pressing workplace discrimination charges against Spirit Aerosystems.

Date: 08/11/2014 | Aerospace Blog

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