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John Nichols: The Next Media

Conclusion of the Liebling Lecture delivered at the Seatle ILCA Convention.

Boeing Machinists taking a stand for all workers

By Barb Kucera

Machinists at Boeing, who have a history of militant action since forming their union in 1935, are engaged in another struggle that has consequences for all workers.

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Remembering the strike

Tacoma Teachers Hold Firm Against Transfers

TACOMA – It took the governor to end the first strike by Tacoma teachers in 33 years, but when the deal was done, teachers got what they needed – a contract that did away with administrators’ ability to transfer teachers between schools without notice or reason.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire summoned negotiators from the Tacoma School District and the Tacoma Education Association to Olympia on Wednesday, Sept. 21. After short introductions, the Governor told both sides to start talking and reach a deal. Then she left the room. Seven hours later the two sides emerged with a tentative deal.

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A Matter of Dignity: The Puget Sound Labor Agency Food Bank

Labor Helping Labor

Puget Sound Labor Agency provides much-needed assistance to union members and their families, through union member volunteers and donations.

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Contract negotiations at Fred Meyer Distribution Center breakdown over health care

Puyallup, WA

On September 23, Forklift Operator Thomas Pena went to work at the Fred Meyer Distribution Center in Puyallup, Washington, without a contract.

The Teamsters Local 117 member and his co-workers have continued to pack, pallet, and load goods at the warehouse since their contract extension expired on August 15, but nobody is sure how much longer they can continue to serve the approximately 140 stores in Washington, Alaska, and Idaho that depend upon the facility.

The 362 employees there have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike for the first such time in the warehouse's 16-year history, and continue to wait for their employer, Kroger Inc., to return to the bargaining table and bargain in good faith.

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ILWU Local 21 president Dan Coffman (left) discusses the strike with James Gregory, a labor historian at the University of Washington.
ILWU Local 21 president Dan Coffman (left) discusses the strike with James Gregory, a labor historian at the University of Washington.

Longshore Workers Battle Greedy Grain Giant

In its fight against EGT, a mighty union invokes the spirit of '34. 

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The Nation's John Nichols
The Nation's John Nichols

The Nation reporter, John Nichols, wows 'em

John Nichols, reporter for The Nation, gave the ILCA convention members their money’s worth at the A. J. Liebling luncheon lecture on Thursday, September 22. A Madison native, Nichols spoke for two hours, providing the crowd a blow by blow eyewitness account of the Battle for Wisconsin. But he also ranged widely across the labor history that underpinned the massive rebellion, explored connections between events in Egypt and in his state, and described, with biting humor, the utter failure of the mainstream media—especially the New York Times—to adequately understand and cover the movement.

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