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Workers Win! No Trump in Seattle or Portland
Thanks to our activism, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won't come within 100 miles of Seattle. Victory! Protests will take place at his visits in Lynden and Spokane.

• Spokane: The rally is at noon at the Spokane Convention Center, with doors opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th. Check out the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

• Lynden: The rally is at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden on Saturday, May 7th. Groups are meeting at 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The rally is starting at 3 p.m. Check out the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. 

Justice for Janitors!
Over 3,000 SEIU Local 6 janitors who clean and maintain commercial office space begin bargaining a new four-year contract in May. After bargaining their last contract during the recession in 2012, janitors have mopped, vacuumed, dusted and scrubbed to help Puget Sound commercial real estate bounce back to become one of the hottest in the nation.

Now janitors from across the state are determined to win a $15/hr. minimum, maintenance of fully paid family medical benefits, and an end to work speed-ups that have put janitors in the top ten for accepted worker compensation claims in the last ten years. Join the janitors, security officers, airport and stadium workers of SEIU6 to #RaiseAmerica and continue the fight for Justice for Janitors! at a contract campaign kickoff, rally and march.
When: Friday, May 13th, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle

MLKCLC COPE Interviews
The Committee on Political Education (COPE) resumes its chock full schedule next week, beginning with an interview of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday, May 10th at 4:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Seattle Labor Temple. For a complete list of next week’s candidate interviews, consult the web site.

Preserving Solidarity Forever: Washington State Farmworker Struggles
Join the Labor Archives of Washington for its second annual “Preserving Solidarity Forever” event. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of labor history, this year’s event honors veteran farmworker organizers from the famous Chateau St. Michelle Winery union campaign and highlights the ongoing farmworker organizing in the Skagit Valley.
When: Saturday, May 14th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: University of Washington Seattle, Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 145
Free and open to the public. Free parking. Food and drinks provided.
RSVP at or by calling (206) 543-7946.

Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive
The annual Letter Carriers’ food drive is held every year the second Saturday in May. (See #StampOutHunger!) Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.
When: Saturday, May 14th
Where: Leave bags of non-perishable food by your mailbox

Activate Progressive Communities in South King County
Join Shaunie Wheeler (IBEW Local 77) and Mia Gregerson (State Rep., 33rd LD) in a discussion about how to strengthen the progressive community of South King County. Guest speakers include Tina Podlodowski, candidate for Washington Secretary of State; Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council; and Fatima Aho.
When: Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: IBEW Local 77, 19415 International Boulevard, SeaTac
Free parking. Food and drinks provided. For more information, contact Shaunie Wheeler.

Help Puget Sound Labor Agency Reach Its Fundraising GOAAAL!
Join PSLA on August 21st at 6:30 p.m. and watch Seattle Sounders FC take on The Portland Timbers. Tickets are $27 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit PSLA. Call Frank Moreno at (206) 926-3669 or email to purchase tickets. Promo code: PSLA16.

Constituency Group Meeting Notices
APRI (A. Philip Randolph Institute) meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Room 208 of the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Avenue, Seattle. (Next meeting: May 16th)

APRI Youth & Young Adult Chapter meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 715 23rd Ave. S., Seattle. (Next meeting: May 14th) For more information on APRI and APRI Youth & Young Adult Chapter, e-mail

APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance). For information on APALA meetings, e-mail

CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle. (Next meeting: May 17th)
For more information on CBTU, e-mail

CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) meets the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle. (Next meeting: June 6th) For more information on CLUW, e-mail

LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Seattle Machinists Hall, 9125 15th Pl S, South Park (Next meeting: May 9th) For more information on LCLAA, e-mail

P@W (Pride at Work) For information on P@W meetings, e-mail

PSARA (Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action) The Executive Board of PSARA meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle. (Next meeting: May 19th) All PSARA members are welcome to attend.  For more information on PSARA, e-mail

WA YELL (Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders) For information on WA YELL meetings, e-mail  

WSARA (Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans) For information on WSARA meetings, e-mail

Stay Connected!
Looking for more local labor news? You can count on the Washington State Labor Council’s online publication, The Stand, to keep you informed.

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