Posts for 'Workers Solidarity'

After Friedrichs v. CTA – Rebuild the Fighting Labor Movement!

March 30th, 2016

Yesterday brought great news for the labor movement, with the Supreme Court affirming the dismissal of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a lawsuit that was aimed at undermining public sector unions and the labor movement in general. If the ruling had gone the other way, Friedrichs v. CTA would have reduced the entire public sector to “right to work” status. This […]

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Commemorating the 97th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike

February 8th, 2016

This Saturday, February 6, 2016, marked the 97th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. After two years of strict wage controls, workers in Seattle’s shipyards went on strike, demanding living wages for all shipbuilding workers. One hundred and ten local unions, including at least 65,000 workers, voted to join them in solidarity. For one week, […]

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Why I voted against Amazon’s alley vacation

January 13th, 2016

On January 11, 2016, the Council voted on whether to grant an alley vacation for the development of a new Amazon building, despite strong opposition from workers and community members. I was the only Councilmember to vote against rubber-stamping this decision. I advocated for the Council to first hold Amazon accountable to community concerns and for […]

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Support Union Rights in the “New Economy”

December 14th, 2015

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council passed groundbreaking legislation to provide the legal framework necessary for drivers of taxis and transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to form unions and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. See my speech below. Sisters and Brothers, Thank you for being here for what I […]

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Support Seattle drivers – ALL workers deserve collective bargaining!

December 11th, 2015

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council will vote on a groundbreaking proposal to provide and recognize app-based drivers’ collective bargaining rights. We need to stand with our city’s drivers! ALL workers deserve collective bargaining. Please read this letter from the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council (MLKCLC) below, then join Seattle drivers to demand […]

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12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

November 12th, 2015

Guaranteed paid parental leave is both a workers’ rights and a women’s rights issue. All workers, regardless of their gender identity or family configuration, should be guaranteed this right. Many Americans know that paid parental leave is common in Europe. It is less well known that paid parental leave is a global phenomenon. In 2013, 96% […]

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Support Priority Hire Pre-Apprenticeship Support for Good Youth Jobs

November 10th, 2015

Yesterday, I wrote about my amendment to secure funding for Career Bridge. Today I would like to speak to a complementary amendment, calling on Councilmembers to support Priority Hire Pre-Apprenticeship Support. Supporting Priority Hire This past January, after two years of campaigning by over 40 organizations and countless community activists, Council unanimously voted to adopt […]

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Fund Career Bridge, Fight Racial Injustice

November 9th, 2015

Over the last two decades, Seattle has seen a massive influx of new workers, particularly in the tech industries. City Hall has gone to great lengths to court specific companies through sweetheart deals to mega-corporations and developers. In the meantime, low income Seattleites and people of color, in particular, have been neglected, and the Mayor’s proposed budget continues this […]

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Ensuring Safe Working Conditions at the Port

October 21st, 2015

On September 22, 2015, Councilmember O’Brien and I opposed the passage of a large package ordinance that would expand the City of Seattle’s relationship with the Port of Seattle. For several years, the Teamsters have been trying to organize the Port truck drivers. The Port of Seattle has been denying basic human rights to the drivers, like bathroom access, […]

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An Open Letter to Chinese President Xi

September 23rd, 2015

On September 23, 2015, social justice activists and I held a press conference to discuss the visit of Chinese President Xi and send him an open letter. While President Xi is meeting with executives from corporations such as Uber, Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, DuPont, and Pepsi, the violations of rights of workers in both China and the U.S. […]

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