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Air France workers on trial for assaulting executives

BOBIGNY, France — A French judge postponed a trial Friday against Air France workers accused of tearing the shirts off airline executives in a violent protest, apparently fearing it could enflame tensions amid nationwide strikes over France’s labor system.

Date: 05/28/2016 | Business Wire

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

NEW YORK — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

Date: 05/27/2016 | Business Wire

Mistrial declared in case of Spokane Police Guild president

SPOKANE — A mistrial has been declared in the trial of former Spokane Police Guild President John Gately.Gately was accused of obstructing an investigation into a fellow officer accused of rape.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest

Machinists vote to strike at Spokane aircraft parts plant

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The Machinists union has voted to go on strike against Triumph Composite Systems, which makes aerospace parts at a factory west of Spokane.The strike is scheduled to begin early Wednesday morning.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Business Wire

Anti-capitalists clash with Seattle police on May Day

SEATTLE — Seattle police used pepper spray Sunday evening to disperse anti-capitalist protesters after authorities said rocks, flares and bricks were thrown at officers downtown.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Northwest

Clashes break out as trade unions hold rallies to mark May Day

Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events:FranceFearing France's worker protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a May Day labor rally...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

May Day marchers take to U.S. streets in heated election year

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of May Day marchers chanting slogans and carrying signs — and at least one Donald Trump piñata — took to the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday calling for immigrant and worker rights and decrying what they see as hateful presidential...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Judge's ruling blocks Wisconsin’s right-to-work law

MADISON, Wis. - A Dane County judge issued a decision Friday blocking Wisconsin officials from enforcing a law barring labor contracts that require workers to pay union fees.The order by Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust comes a week after he ruled the measure, known...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Union, not workers, behind push for $15 wage

When the Fight for $15 hosts its "Day of Action for Worker Justice"recently, the picket signs might as well have "SEIU" written all over them in big letters.The Service Employees International Union has been pulling the strings for a $15 minimum wage...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Commentary

Lawsuit says Koster's rights were violated when he was ousted

SEATTLE — Controversy over how John Koster was abruptly ousted in 2014 as Snohomish County's first ombudsman has now blossomed into a federal civil rights lawsuit.Lawyers for Koster this week...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Local News

Unfair labor complaint filed against Fire District 1 union

EVERETT — An unfair labor practice complaint has been brought against the union of firefighters who work at Snohomish County's largest fire district.Fire District 1 commissioners allege members of the

Date: 03/10/2016 | Local News

Haggen grocery core stores could be sold to Albertsons

BELLINGHAM — The union that represents Haggen employees says government regulators have approved a potential deal for Albertsons to buy the remaining Haggen grocery stores.The Bellingham Herald reported that Haggen didn’t have a comment on the union statement.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Business Wire

County, union reach tentative deal; vote set for March 3

EVERETT — A tentative contract agreement portends a sunnier forecast for labor relations between the Snohomish County government and members of its largest public-sector union.The situation grew ominous in December, when members from the union that represents more than...

Date: 02/15/2016 | Local News

Lawmakers make West Virginia a ‘right-to-work’ state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.

Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire

Boeing announces 3% bonuses for Machinists

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is paying out $77.6 million in annual bonuses for 33,673 Machinists union members in Washington and Oregon.The payments are through the Aerospace Machinists Performance Program (AMPP) and will be in Feb. 18 paychecks.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Business

220 Machinists at Everett aerospace plants reject contract proposal

EVERETT — Negotiators from the Machinists union and Cadence Aerospace-Giddens resumed contract negotiations Tuesday after workers there overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal last week.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Aerospace Blog

Post office shows a profit over holidays

WASHINGTON — A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service, officials said Tuesday.The post office reported a $307 million profit between October and December of...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World

SEIU’s dues collection from home-care workers is illegal

Miranda Thorp is a caregiver for her daughter who, because of her disability, qualifies for state assistance through Medicaid. As her caregiver, the state pays Miranda to help reimburse her for the cost of caring for her daughter.There are currently about 35,000 state-paid...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Commentary

Court set to dimish role of unions as a counterbalance in politics

Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Last deep British coal mine closes

LONDON — Coal once fueled the British Empire, employed armies of men and shook the power of governments.On Friday, workers at Britain's last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire

County workers ready to strike after rejecting contract offer

EVERETT — The union that represents most Snohomish County employees has rejected a new contract offer and signaled they're prepared to strike if no agreement is reached.Members voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to turn down the county's offer, union President Chris...

Date: 12/18/2015 | Local News

Seattle becomes first U.S. city to let Uber drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle on Monday became the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Seattle considers letting Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle could soon become the first city in the nation to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft form a union over pay and working conditions.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Seattle to decide whether to let Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

SEATTLE — Seattle may soon become the first city to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft collectively bargain over pay and working conditions, a move opposed by the companies and one seen as a test case for the changing 21st century workforce.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Business Wire

Shippers still harbor hopes for Port of Portland service

SALEM, Ore. — Severely diminished container service at the Port of Portland hasn’t yet irreversibly changed shipping strategies, but that pattern won’t hold forever, according to a freight expert.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Sanders urges Verizon to resolve local labor dispute

NEW YORK — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is wading into a labor dispute involving Verizon, urging the telecommunications giant to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 members of the Communications Workers of America.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Business

Machinists plan to picket Everett aerospace supplier Cadence-Giddens

Members of Machinists union District Lodge 751 plan to picket Monday at Everett-based Cadence-Giddens.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Some Hanford workers approve new contracts

RICHLAND — Union workers at four Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractors have approved new collective bargaining agreements.That’s according to the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Thursday.The Tri-City Herald reports the vote totals were not made public.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest

State AG files campaign finance complaint against union

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a campaign finance complaint against a union and its political action committee, accusing them of not filing timely reports of contributions.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

New Chrysler, UAW pact boosts 2nd tier wages

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering so-called second-tier United Auto Workers members as much as $29 an hour — up from $25 previously proposed — under a new tentative agreement which avoided a strike by 40,000 union members, two people familiar...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Abortion, race, birth control top high court agenda

WASHINGTON — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Attorney general files campaign complaint against healthcare union

OLYMPIA — The Washington attorney general has filed a campaign finance complaint against Service Employees International Healthcare Union No. 775.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

UAW members rally against Fiat Chrysler deal

DETROIT — About 30 UAW workers and retirees marched with signs and chanted “same work, same pay,” in front of the union’s headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday as they rallied against a proposed contract between the union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

Shifting work to Mexico now up for UAW vote

DETROIT — Building more cars in Mexico.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

GOP’s Walker to propose vast union restrictions

MADISON, Wis. — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Monday will call for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S., seeking to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin’s governor to curb the power of unions.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

Worker safety at dairies needs the Legislature’s attention

As we celebrate Labor Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all workers for the contributions they make to our economy. I hope all get to enjoy end-of-summer picnics and barbecues, watch a baseball game or participate in some other family activity this weekend.Last...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

NLRB decision: What's the definition of employer?

What makes an employer an employer?That's the question a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board attempts to settle. The NLRB last week decided that contract workers and franchise employees — think of your local McDonald's — may more easily unionize...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

Southwest reaches contract with its pilots

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.Terms weren't disclosed Thursday.Leaders of the Southwest Airlines Pilots'...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Home health-care workers have choice on union dues

While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion

Somers, Lovick clash over new contract for county employees

EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract

NEW YORK — Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire

Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

WASHINGTON — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don’t reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire

Ex-union boss gets 19 years for arson, violence at worksites

PHILADELPHIA — A former Philadelphia union boss was sentenced Monday to more than 19 years in prison for overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation at nonunion work sites, including a Quaker meetinghouse.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Bill would cut big-rig driver age to 18

WASHINGTON — Parents may hesitate to hand teens the keys to the family car, but Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to get behind the wheel of big rigs on the nation’s interstates

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Feds to require cameras in train cabs

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it’s drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Time outside of class doesn't mean teachers aren't working

Last August, I was fortunate enough to secure a one-year teaching position as a physics and chemistry instructor in Snohomish County. Perhaps more fortunate is the fact that I spent the previous year, with the support of my parents and fiancee, completing a math/science masters in...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Commentary

House rejects Obama appeals, imperils trade bill

WASHINGTON — Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blow to President Barack Obama on Friday and left his ambitious global trade agenda in serious doubt.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Gawker website employees vote to unionize

NEW YORK — Gossip and news site Gawker Media employees say they have voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East, making it the first digital media outlet to organize.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

It's an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against a strong minimum wage or decent pensions for everyday working people but don't even bat an eyelash at big-time CEOs who take home millions of dollars a year or outsource local jobs —...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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