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Weekly Update

Ballots Drop October 18th!

This time next week you should have your ballot in hand. Make sure you have your MLKCLC endorsements on hand so that you know who workers choose on the issues.

This Saturday, Labor for Teresa is meeting at UFCW 21 at 10:00 a.m., to hit the doors for our union sister. Can you spare some time to get our girl across the line? Take a look at the General Election Field Calendar to find more dates for volunteer opportunities. Help us turn out the vote!
What: Labor for Teresa Canvas
When: Saturday, October 14th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: UFCW 21, 5030 1st Avenue South, #200, Seattle


UNITE HERE Union-Wide Day of Action

On Thursday, October 19, UNITE HERE Local 8 members and community supporters will be rallying and marching in the city of SeaTac to stand with the hundreds of Local 8 members who make the food that is served on airplanes, and you are invited!

Airline catering workers are immigrants and refugees who work and live in South Seattle and South King County. Their labor supports the billion dollar airline industry, but despite record airline profits, they are still fighting for a living wage and dignity in the workplace. For example, Sky Chefs employees in West Seattle were paid below the Seattle minimum wage since April 2015.

Meet at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac at 4:30 p.m. for food and to hear from workers. The park is accessible via the Angle Lake light rail station and the RapidRide A Line and parking is available both at the park and across the street at the IBEW 77 offices. At 5:00pm, we will begin marching and the event will end by 6:00 p.m.
What: Picnic, Rally and March!
When: Thursday, October 19th, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac, then march to SeaTac Airport.
Facebook: Like and share the event on Facebook.

UAW 4121 Climate Justice Events

Climate Justice Speakers Bureau Fall Workshop
Are you interested in climate science communication, education, and labor issues? The UW academic student employees' union, UAW 4121, is actively committed to climate justice.

The union is offering a workshop on worker-centric dialogue that includes reflection on labor and climate justice with Professor Aseem Prakash, as well as communication training and fun exercises to improve public speaking skills. Members from ANY FIELD interested in climate issues are encouraged to attend. *Light dinner provided! 

As a member of the MLKCLC, the academic student employees work with other unions to build a worker-centric dialogue around climate change. Further, they provide a newsletter and speakers bureau to talk with other labor unions in King County about climate change, public health, clean energy, and how we can work together to build a clean and fair economy. 
What: Climate Justice Speakers Bureau Fall Workshop
When: Thursday, October 19th, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: University of Washington, Fisheries 203
Email: Please RSVP to with questions about the event.
Facebook: Like and share the event on Facebook.

Making Government Work for All: A workshop on public comment for Science Labor and Environmental Advocacy
If you are a scientist, labor leader, environmental advocate or concerned citizen, you could be using your expertise and experience to shape public policy through the public comment process. Meet other scientists and labor leaders, sharing a light dinner and draft beer while you learn tips and tricks on crafting impactful public comments. In addition:

  • Hear a jargon-free explanation of current regulations on worker safety, environmental protection and public health that are open for public comment
  • Discuss the background behind these regulations and strategies for writing a public comment on these items.
  • Build relationships with other scientists, labor leaders, and informed citizens.

What: Making Government Work for All: A workshop on public comment for Science Labor and Environmental Advocacy (view the flyer)
When: Thursday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Howard S Wright Room, Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle
Register: The event is FREE but please register.

Head of Social Security Works in Seattle Next Weekend


Everything you wanted to learn about shoring up Social Security you can learn next weekend. Alex Lawson, the Executive Director of Social Security Works, will be in Seattle headlining two separate events sponsored by MLKCLC retiree organizations. Lawson has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets including C-SPAN, FOX News and Al-Jazeera and is a frequent guest host of The Thom Hartmann Program, one of the top progressive radio shows in the country. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, an organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. 

On Saturday, October 21st, the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans (WSARA), will be hosting their annual awards banquet in honor of Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Alex will be the guest speaker.
What: 2017 WSARA Senior Champion Banquet 
Where: Machinists District 751 Hall, 9135 15th Pl S., Seattle 
When: Saturday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Contact: For more information call or email Jackie Boschok at 206-890-1009.

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), will host Alex in the Beaumont Room on the 6th floor of the Bay Vista Tower. He will discuss the consequences of the Republican budget and tax reform proposal and what we need to do.
What: PSARA Event with Alex Lawson
When: Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Beaumont Room, Bay Vista Tower, 2821 2nd Avenue, Seattle
RSVP: Please RSVP to or call the PSARA office, 206-448-9646.

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.

M.L. King County Labor Council
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