Labor dispute

Business
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State?

Berry pickers showed up in a Skagit County court as they brought a lawsuit against Sakuma Brothers Farms. They said the farm was trying to exclude them from work and instead bring in foreign guest workers under the H-2A program.
Ashley Gross KPLU

People in Seattle are familiar with the H-1B visa program that brings high-tech employees from abroad, but another, more obscure foreign worker program has churned up a lot of controversy in the state recently.

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Workers' Rights
1:59 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Sakuma Brothers Farms Withdraws Application For H-2A Guest Workers

Steve Sakuma in front of newly renovated worker cabins at Sakuma Brothers Farms
Brett Davis Washington Farm Bureau

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Labor Dispute
5:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Berry Pickers Sue Sakuma Brothers Farms, Allege Retaliation After Last Year’s Strikes

FILE - Workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms are seen at work.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Editor's note: The story has been updated to clarify that the berry pickers formed a workers' association. They did not form a union by holding an election under the National Labor Relations Act.

Berry pickers who went on strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Skagit County several times last year have filed a suit against the company, alleging retaliation. The workers say Sakuma has blacklisted many of them from working this summer as payback for their walkouts.

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Labor Dispute
12:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Mental Health Clinicians In Thurston, Mason And Grays Harbor Counties Go On Strike

Clinicians are on strike in Olympia, Wash.
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

More than 150 case managers, therapists and other employees of Behavioral Health Resources have walked off the job for a three-day strike. The agency provides mental-health and substance-abuse services in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties, mostly to Medicaid recipients.

The agency is in deep financial straits and had to take out a line of credit to make payroll in December.

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Business
5:05 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project

Longshoremen picket at the site of Seattle's deep-bore tunnel project
Ashley Gross KPLU

Seattle's waterfront tunnel project is huge. At its height, it's supposed to create almost 3,900 jobs. In a move that shows how important each one of those jobs is, longshoremen headed out to a picket line to protect four of them. 

And that labor dispute over those four jobs has caused some work on the project to grind to a halt. 

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Business
6:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

One Grain Exporter Reaches Labor Deal; Picket Lines At Another

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

There are several new developments Wednesday in a long-running labor dispute between unionized longshoremen and Northwest grain terminal operators. One grain exporter announced it reached a contract agreement, while another locked out its union workers after discovering what it called sabotage.

Picket lines sprung up almost immediately in front of the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. This, after the terminal operator notified the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 of a lock out.

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Business
4:55 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Analyst calls SPEEA decision on Boeing contract 'total capitulation'

Boeing’s refusing to make any improvements in the contract it has offered technical workers. The union says it will now put that same offer out for another vote, a move that an analyst characterizes as giving up.

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Business
9:10 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Space Needle workers say labor dispute is escalating

Chethan Shankar

A labor dispute is heating up between workers at the Space Needle and the private owners of Seattle’s most famous landmark.

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Apple
2:33 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Apple continues to be plagued by reports on labor conditions

A new iPhone 4S at Apple's Beijing flagship store.
Feng Li Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 3:05 pm

Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for working conditions at plants making its products in China.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down

A Cowlitz County Sheriff grabs a union worker by the throat as police move in on several hundred union workers blocking a grain train in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute

A crowd of union workers and supporters gather at a crossing in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday. Hundreds of Longshoremen were at the crossing as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Hundreds of union protesters blocking a grain shipment in southwest Washington state rushed police officers who tried to make arrests and forced them to retreat.

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