OWLS Meeting: UW Workers Rising Up!

Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 pm. WSLC offices 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle

Featured reports:

UW Workers Rising Up!
The “U-Dub,” a multibillion-dollar research institution in wealthy King County, has the workers who keep its hallowed halls running in full rebellion over pay, conditions, and other vital issues. Their stories are full of insights and lessons:
UW Custodian Salvador Castillo, a veteran custodian and Vice President of AFSCME 1495, draws on 30 years’ of organizing experience to tell how powerful labor actions and coalitions with students and community have broken through management’s tactics of fear and retaliation.
Meanwhile, Research Scientists/Engineers and Postdocs at the UW, members of UAW 4121, just secured gains in wages and conditions – focusing on the most vulnerable. Their strike reflects a growing wave of labor militancy on college campuses across the country. Find out what drove their resolve to stay on the picket line “one day longer!”

Labor Battles Around the Northwest
The Emerald City, which takes diamond wages to live, is offering the members of city unions a starvation 1 percent pay raise at the negotiating table. At ports from Los Angeles to Seattle, members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union are fighting automation. Nationally, Teamsters are preparing for a showdown with giant UPS, including over two-tiered contracts. Learn more about these struggles or bring news of your own!

OWLS is meeting in-person! We do not have a hybrid option yet but would welcome technical help from union members who have those talents for future meetings!
Meeting location:
Washington State Labor Council Offices, 321 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144 (corner of 16th Ave S & Jackson St.)

All Out for Juneteenth!

Juneteenth    In Seattle, Washington, the A Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 19, 52, and 23 will stop work on the day side of Monday, June 19, to commemorate Juneteenth. This holiday, which marks the end of slavery in the U.S., has become an important day to celebrate and recognize the historic and ongoing struggles for racial and social justice, for equality, freedom, and a better world.

In the Pacific Northwest, APRI and ILWU Locals 19, 52, and 98 have played a critical role in initiating a labor commemoration of this holiday, as has ILWU Local 10 in the Bay Area. Organizers are inviting all unions and working class people to join in a march and rally that will begin at the ILWU hall at 10am (3440 E Marginal Way S) and march to Terminal 46 Alaskan Way S. and Atlantic Street, from 11am-1pm. OWLS will have a contingent and is helping to build participation for this important event.