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Labor Neighbor 2018 is well underway. On Saturday, September 14, general efforts kicked-off with a walk in Vancouver talking to union families in the 3rd Congressional District for the WSLC, AFL-CIO endorsed candidates. The current Labor Neighbor Calendar is attached with dates of the scheduled walks and phone banks. There are walks happening every weekend across the state, with walks in Spokane this weekend, and phone banks every week in South Seattle.
While the walk locations change, and some are still being finalized, the phone banks are happening at the IAM 751 District Hall, 9135 15th Place South, Seattle, Washington 98108 every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 6 p.m. or 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
All over the country—from our public schools to the food service industry—working people are taking collective action as we haven’t seen in years. The middle class is proof that the best way to get a raise, better benefits and a voice on the job is through a union contract. That’s why these corporate elites are doing all they can to break us up.
Here’s the thing: We have never depended on any politician or judge to decide our fate and we aren’t about to start now. Workers’ rights are constitutional and that hasn’t changed.
What has changed is the power of corporations to hurt workers. Greedy CEOs and special interests have used the Supreme Court to do the bidding of the corporations and their donors who want to weaken working people’s freedoms. Now people’s ability to negotiate together for safer workplaces, higher wages and better benefits is being threatened.
This case was never about the plaintiff, Mark Janus—it is the culmination of decades of corporate attacks on working people, motivated by greed instead of what’s best for workers. That’s why working people must stand together right now to support our freedom to organize for a level economic playing field.
We are stronger together—we know it and so do they.
The Nation posted an excellent article about the history of the "Right to Work" movment documenting the systematic approach by corporations and the wealthy to gut the Labor Movement - it is worth your time. Click the photo or the headline to read it.
Healthy-In, Healthy Out
After more than two years of dedicated work, the efforts to produce a best practices manual for reducing fire fighter risk of exposures to carcinogens has come to fruition. Healthy In, Healthy Out is now available for all fire fighters in Washington. To get copies for your members, call the WSCFF office at 360-943-3030.
Copies are now available in Spanish or click for flipbook.
Watch the Healthy-In, Healthy Out VIDEO for more best practices protocols.
Our gratitude to Beth Gallup of Local 1747 for leading the effort and the team of dedicated members and professionals who worked diligently to help our members protect themselves: Bob Carroll, Local 452; Charles Cordova, Local 2898; Bob Dirham, Local 1296; Brian Dodge, Bates & Local 1747; Scott Ervin, Local 2024; Dan Griffey, Local 2394; J. Havner, Local 27; Bill Hoover, Local 2545 & Firefighters Cancer Support Network; Jenny Keizer, Kent Fire Department; Dean Shelton, Local 3219 & WSCFF 10th District Rep.; Brad Thompson, Valley Regional Fire Authority; Adam Villard, Local 3811.
Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.Paused