The Snohomish County Labor Council and Its Purpose

The Snohomish County Labor Council is a federation of 63 unions in Snohomish County. Those unions represent 42,000 working families for the purpose of bargaining wages/salaries and working conditions with their employers.

The Labor Council and its member unions are dedicated to helping workers organize their workplaces so that they are ensured economic justice and dignity.

Published March 21, 2015 in

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Community Rallies at Tesoro; Contract Vote Set

ANACORTES -- More than 100 union members and community supporters rallied Saturday in support of Tesoro Anacortes oil refinery workers who have been out on strike since Feb. 1. At the rally, local negotiators for the United Steelworkers union (USW) said that a tentative agreement was reached Friday on terms for returning to work. Refinery workers will vote on Monday, March 23 and the union is recommending ratification of the deal.

I can’t explain how much it means to us to have so much labor and community support,” said Ryan Anderson, Unit Chairman of USW Local 12-591 who served as lead negotiator at the local bargaining table. “This wasn’t a fight we wanted, it was a fight they picked with us.”

On March 12, the USW announced a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. The proposed deal reportedly includes annual wage increases and contains language addressing the USW’s safety concerns about worker fatigue and performance of routine maintenance by contractors rather than union members. Read entire article

Published March 16, 2015 in

Machinists Union Seeks Election at South Carolina Boeing Plant

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The machinists union on Monday asked for an election so about 2,500 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation.

Under National Labor Relations Board rules, 30 percent of the workers in a potential union bargaining unit must sign authorization cards for an election to be held, said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.

"We are confident we have achieved the minimum requirement and now the board will determine the exact number of people eligible to vote and then they will set and conduct the election," he said.

The exact number of those who signed authorization cards is not released, he said.

Boeing now employs about 7,500 people in South Carolina. Larkin said the union vote would pertain to production workers, about 2,500 of them, who assemble the company's 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing officials did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Read entire article

Published Feb. 28, 2015 in

U.S. Unions Back to Flexing Their Muscles

There could be a sharp increase in labor disputes as they reassert themselves.

By Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan and Jeff Green

After years of avoiding confrontation, the US labour movement is reasserting itself. From the ports of Los Angeles to the car plants of Detroit, unions are demanding payback for sacrifices they say helped revive the economy.

Oil workers have walked off the job for higher wages and better working conditions. Dock workers have snarled West Coast ports. Personnel staffing oil terminals at the Port of Long Beach, California, are threatening to strike. In Detroit, union leaders girding for contract talks this year will push for the first raise veteran autoworkers have received in a decade.
Union leaders are taking advantage of a tightening labour market and favourable political environment. With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the market notches record highs. Read entire article

TPP: The Next Big Free Trade Mistake

Fast Track Fact #1: Costs Jobs

Trade policies adopted under Fast Track have cost us more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories.

Call Congress: 1-855-712-8441 and Say NO to Fast Track

Source: AFL-CIO

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