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We Don’t Have to Ask If You Want to Make a Difference - We Know You Do
The MLKCLC creates opportunities for affiliates and delegates to help members in our labor community and the broader community. We also take pride in being a connector between our many unions and community partners within King County. We are calling on our Brothers and Sisters throughout the Labor Movement to support the Council and our affiliates in the following events next week:    

Seattle City Council Hearings – Burke-Gilman Trail, Uber and Paid Family Leave
The Burke-Gilman Trail is an important issue that will affect thousands of jobs for maritime and building trades’ workers in the Ballard industrial area. We are calling on the Council to pass our policy that respects the workers that are the economic engine of the Ballard economy. Join us for a press conference and the public hearing immediately following.  
What: Industrial Lands preservation & Burke Gilman trail, Seattle City Council Hearing & Press Conference
When: Monday, March 20th, Press Conference 1:00 p.m. and Hearing 2:00 p.m.
Where: Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 400 4th Avenue, Seattle
Contact: Katie Garrow for more information and if you can attend.

Uber sued the city for the 3rd time last week, and is spending millions of dollars in its campaign to stop drivers from having a voice through their union. This won't deter drivers for fighting for better conditions in Seattle. That's why drivers are standing together and partnering with the City of Seattle to “Raise Up Uber.” Let’s show Uber drivers that we have their back at next week’s hearing.
What: Uber Collective Bargaining Hearing with Teamsters 117
When: Tuesday, March 21st, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 400 4th Avenue, Seattle
Facebook: Share the Facebook event!
Contact:  Katie Garrow for more information and if you can attend.

Thanks to the work of the Coalition of City Unions, the Seattle City Council was forced into adopting one of the first paid family leave policies across the country. Its past time we had a policy framework that includes EVERYONE. Here’s where you can help: the Council will be sharing important information about pathways forward in the paid family leave fight. Workers voices are necessary to create a good plan that benefits us all. 
What: Paid Family Leave Hearing
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 400 4th Avenue, Seattle
Facebook: Share the Facebook event!
Contact:  Katie Garrow if you or someone you know can provide testimony.

Vigil to Protect the Affordable Care Act
The way in which Congressional republicans are making decisions about the Affordable Care Act has been shocking to witness. Their all-out push to slash Medicare is an immediate threat to the lives of thousands of seniors, women and people with disabilities in King County. A candlelight vigil has been scheduled to call on Rep. Dave Reichert to VOTE NO on repealing the bill. View the resolution passed by the MLKCLC, on March 15th.
What: Vigil to Protect the Affordable Care Act
When: Saturday, March 18th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 120th 2nd Avenue NE, Issaquah

Education Community Town Hall
There’s no question that the education of our children is of vital importance to the health and vibrancy of our communities. The McCleary decision makes clear the fact that the WA state legislature has failed spectacularly in their mission to provide quality education. The Washington Education Association produced a Student Bill of Rights, which gets to the heart of the issues and how fully funded schools addresses those concerns. Join with the Federal Way Education Association, Legislators from the 30th and 31st LD’s and the community to hear what’s happening at the state level and to ask questions. (Not in the Federal Way area? Check here for more dates and locations.)
What: Educators Town Hall
When: Monday, March 20th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Where: Auburn Performing Arts Center, 915 4th St NE, Auburn
Facebook: Share the Facebook event.  
Contact:  Katie Garrow for more information and if you can attend.

Auburn Sanctuary City
Auburn residents have been urging the City Council to adopt a Sanctuary City ordinance but so far the calls have fallen on deaf ears. Washington CAN, Teamsters 117 and the MLKCLC are bringing together community members to share their experiences and the fears that have surfaced as raids and deportations have skyrocketed. Interpretation, childcare and snacks will be provided. View and share the flyer.
What: Auburn Town Hall Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 p.m.
Where: St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn
Contact: Katie Garrow for more information and if you can attend.   

Rally for a Fair Contract at WPAS
Employees at Washington Pension Administration Service (WPAS) have been fighting for a fair contract for more than 7 months. They’ve worn buttons, signed petitions, hosted informational pickets to fight back against the extreme union busting proposals from management. What’s bizarre is that WPAS administers benefits for many unions in our region; they profit from union clients but want to provide substandard benefits to their employees. Join OPEIU Local 8 and WPAS employees to show their employer we stand in solidarity with them! Share the flyer. View the resolution passed by the MLKCLC, on February 1st.
What: Rally for a Fair Contract at WPAS
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: WPAS offices, 2815 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Seattle APALA’s 18th Annual Fundraiser
Hear from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, watch cultural performances and learn about worker victories at the Seattle APALA fundraiser and silent auction next Friday. Tickets include a year’s membership in the organization: $75 general; $45 seniors, retirees and students (scholarships available).
What: Seattle APALA Fundraiser
When: Friday, March 24th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Jerry Brockey Center, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle

COPE Interviews – Save the Date
What: South King County Early Endorsement Interviews
When: SATURDAY, April 15th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Suite 307, Teamsters Hall, 14675 Interurban Avenue, Tukwila
RSVP:  Katie Garrow if you plan to attend.

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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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