Labor

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Corporations Push Back As Details Emerge on Seattle’s Pay Up Legislation for App-Based Workers

Yesterday battle lines emerged around Pay Up, the proposed suite of legislation aimed at ensuring Seattle's growing number of app-based contract workers earn at...

‘Pay Up’ Legislation Aims To Ensure Seattle App-Based Workers Earn Minimum Wage Among Other...

Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1) and Andrew Lewis (District 7) have unveiled Pay Up, a proposed bill intended to improve compensation and working conditions...

The Urbanist Podcast: The Far Reaching Impacts of the Concrete Worker Strike

In this episode, reporter Ray Dubicki and I were joined by Doug Trumm, Executive Director of The Urbanist, to discuss the concrete mixer driver...

County Proposes Concrete Co-Op as Private Companies Continue to Throttle Supply and Lock Out...

Last week, concrete drivers represented by Teamster Local No. 174 offered to return to work at three of the six concrete companies facing a...
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Concrete Could Flow for West Seattle Bridge and Light Rail Projects as Teamsters Offer...

Last night, Teamster 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks announced an offer to resume to work on behalf of striking concrete drivers at three companies: Cadman...

‘Slap in the Face’ Offer from Concrete Companies Riles Striking Teamsters

The Teamsters representing local concrete drivers rejected the latest offer from owners, which added just 15 cents to wages over three years. The concrete strike...

Concrete Companies Stonewall Striking Truck Drivers, Threatening Cascading Construction Delays

Concrete is not flowing in King County and several high-profile infrastructure projects threaten to be delayed as a result. Concrete mixer drivers are striking...
School crossing guards are a low paid, but essential position. Seattle Public Schools has struggled to recruit and train school crossing guards in recent years. (Credit: Nicholas Pilch)

Council Takes Initial Steps to Fix Childcare in Seattle

Of all the unexpected systems that the pandemic has laid bare, the crisis has shown childcare to be uniquely scattered and broken. By closing...