Supporting Each Other

Tonight at Seattle City Hall there is a hearing about to start regarding the proposed basketball arena. We are here to share our views with the City and County. Stay tuned to hear what happens with this issue!



Occupy Seattle – and Hallowe’en

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Occupy Seattle is once again asking for everyone who can to join them:

Saturday, October 29th

12:00 Noon

Chase Bank Robin Hood March & Teach-In


As you may know, two days ago, Oakland (CA) police attacked Occupy Oakland with tear gas and clubs.  A decorated Iraq veteran, with two tours of duty with the Marines, was badly injured, requiring brain surgery.  Labor throughout the country, led by the AFL-CIO (and locally by the Washington State Labor Council and the Martin Luther King County Labor Council) are rallying to support the creative and courageous young people of the Occupy movement.  Our Local has, I believe, had quite literally the strongest participation of any Union in Seattle.  If you can make it on Saturday, please wear your colors – Local 15 jackets, caps, shirts buttons or signs.

In addition, Occupy Seattle will have an “Occupy Hallowe’en” event on Sunday.  They need pumpkins, carving tools and tea candles for jack o’lanterns.  If you can help with donations of these supplies or of food, water and other necessities, please call Max Brown at the Labor Council, 206-441-7102.

Finally, there will be a meeting of the Labor Caucus of Occupy Seattle at 6:00 pm this Wednesday, November 2nd in the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Avenue. Everyone is welcome.

In solidarity,


Occupy Seattle update: Rally Saturday 10/22

Labor support for Occupy Seattle is continuing, and growing – as is happening throughout the country.

Local 15 has had proportionately one of the strongest showings of support for Occupy Seattle.  We have members going down to Westlake Park every day, and for the major labor mobilizations we’ve had 10-20 people out each time.

Occupy Seattle is asking that we come out this Saturday, October 22nd, to join with communities of color for a noon rally and 2:00 march to express concern about police misconduct.  If you can be there, please show your colors: wear an IATSE t-shirt, jacket, cap or button, and carry a Local 15 sign.

In addition, labor is helping to bring supplies to Occupy Seattle.  The Boeing Machinists are working on getting Occupy Seattle a generator, as well as medical supplies.  If you can provide food, water, blankets or other supplies, please bring them to the office of the Labor Council (Room 206 in the Labor Temple, 2800 1st Avenue in Belltown – just down the hall from Local 15), Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; or the Seattle/King County Building Trades Council, 6770 E Marginal Way S, Building E, Room 360 (South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus), Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 11:30 am or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; or the Teamsters, 14675 Interurban Avenue S, lobby, in Tukwila, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  They particularly need: megaphones for general assembly meetings; reflective flags and cones; caution tape; reflective vests; flashlights (preferably the kind you can crank and reuse); rope; duct tape; reusable water bottles; metal spoons; reusable bowls; and – if you’re out late – middle of the night coffee drops.  (Please do NOT bring bread, peanut butter or hand sanitizers – they’re overwhelmed with those for right now.)

This is labor’s fight – we are part of the 99%.  There’s now an informal labor caucus working to support Occupy Seattle.  And it’s working: the New York Times reports that last week’s mobilization was the fifth largest in the country, behind New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.  This weekend is a chance for us to show our community allies that labor is there for more than workplace issues – we want a fair economy with family-wage jobs, but we also want social justice for everyone in our community.

In solidarity,


Support for Occupy Seattle

Local 15 has had a great, visible presence at Occupy Seattle during the labor mobilizations this past week.   On Saturday at least 15 of us were there, with our wonderful, high-visibility Local 15 signs.  KOMO-TV news last night had two different shots in which the screen was filled with our signs.  And President Willhelm gave a terrific interview to KOMO radio.   And I know that our members have been getting down to Westlake whenever they can before and after shifts or on breaks from ACT, 5th Avenue, Paramount and Benaroya Hall.

If you’ve been following what’s happened with Occupy Seattle in the last couple of days, you know that the City has started arresting people who try to camp in Westlake Park overnight.  In fact, earlier this week the City took down a Succot tent – part of a religious ritual celebrating a moderately important Jewish holiday – that some of the Occupy Seattle activists had put up.Last night, at the Occupy Seattle General Assembly, there was an overwhelming vote asking for supporters to come down to Westlake Park tomorrow, Saturday October 15th, at 6:00 pm.  They want anyone who can to join them in their General Assembly to discuss how to move forward – and they also want a strong showing of public support, to make it clear to the Mayor and the rest of the City government that this is a movement with a real base.  I think it’s especially important that we make sure that there’s a strong, visible labor presence – so wear IATSE shirts, jackets, caps, sweatshirts, buttons – and if you have one of our Local 15 signs, please bring it with you.

In solidarity,

March for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security


March for a Decent Future

on Medicare’s Birthday

No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

Saturday, July 30th, 12:00 n – 2:00 pm

Safeco Field (1st & Atlantic)

We’re facing an unprecedented attack on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – just at the point when our health care is most at risk.

Not only the right wing, but President Obama and some Congressional Democrats are talking about balancing the budget by raising the retirement age at which we can collect Medicare and Social Security, reducing benefits or eliminating cost-of-living increases and other mechanisms to place the burden for the national debt on working people.

Local 15’s membership has endorsed single-payer healthcare as the best solution for the problems that we’re facing in maintaining our own benefits, and extending affordable quality healthcare to all.

As with the hotel workers’ rally, let’s make sure that Local 15 has a visible presence at this action, part of a national campaign with rallies all over the country.  If you’re planning to come, please let me know (206-441-1515, ext. 225; so that we’ll have enough Local 15 signs to show everyone that we’re in the house.

This event is sponsored by United for Single Payer-Seattle, Physicians for a National Health Plan-Western Washington, Health Care for All-Washington, and Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans.

Two important actions on July 22 and July 30

There are two important actions coming up that Local 15 members should support if possible.  There will be a separate post for the second rally, but on Friday:

Rally for Worker Justice at Seattle Luxury Hotels

Friday, July 22nd 4-6pm

Westin Hotel(1900 5th Ave, corner of Virginia, Seattle)

This rally is led by the members of UNITE HERE 8, the hospitality workers union. These workers have already staged one picket at the Westin. We will be joined by unions and members visiting and working in the hotel.

This summer, 1400 hotel workers whose union contracts have expired are joining together to fight for a better life. Most are workers of color, immigrant, women, or LGBT who are uniting to demand a share in the economic recovery that hotels have enjoyed.  They are trying to transform hospitality jobs into middle class jobs for themselves and many thousand yet to be organized workers.

During the recession, hotels protected their profits by cutting staff and increasing workloads for already overburdened workers. According to the industry’s own projections, hotels will be returning to record profit levels by 2012.


Union contracts covering over 1,400 workers have expired in hotels and restaurants including the Westin, Edgewater, Seattle Hilton, Washington Athletic Club, Space Needle, SeaTac Hilton, and the Doubletree.

“Hotel workers can sometimes seem invisible,” says Erik Van Rossum, Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 8, the union representing the workers in the campaign. “They create luxury in Seattle’s hotels by cleaning the rooms, washing the dishes, and cooking the food, among other thankless jobs. But now they are standing up with one voice to demand respect and fairness.”

Local 15 is hoping to work with UNITE HERE Local 8 to encourage more Union AV work in the hotels represented by Local 8, including the Westin.  It’s important that we have a good showing with Local 15 signs, to let our sisters and brothers in Local 8 know that we support them! If you’re planning to go, please let BR Paul Bigman know (206-441-1515, ext. 225; so that we’ll have enough Local 15 signs.

More pickets and rallies are planned including one  on August 4 at 4:30pm in SeaTac. Stay tuned for more details

For more information, contact Jasmine Marwaha of Local 8 at 206-470-2993


In the face of a coordinated full-scale attack on public employees and on Americans’ fundamental freedom of association, the Washington State Labor Council is working with its affiliates and progressive community allies to organize a week of action APRIL 2-8. Mark your calendars for these events and make plans to join us as we demand that the bankers and billionaires — and their Republican handmaidens in government — stop the attacks on working people and that they share in the sacrifice as our nation struggles to recover from the economic havoc their greed and malfeasance has caused.

Of special note, SUNDAY, APRIL 3 — 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle — Join IATSE Local 15 for Solidarity Night at “Billy Elliott: The Musical.” Living in a coal mining town in Northern England, young Billy Elliot doesn’t take to boxing lessons and is instead drawn to ballet. His father and brother, striking miners, struggle to understand and support his passion for dance. This is a Union production. Actors are members of Actors Equity; stagehands, IATSE Local 15; hair and makeup, IATSE Local 488; and wardrobe, IATSE Local 887; and musicians, AFM 76-493 and other locals. No-host bar begins at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $26.30 to $56.90. For tickets or information, contact IATSE Local 15 at 206-441-1515 ext. 225 or Tickets at these group rates are limited, so please get in touch now!

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Monday, April 4th,at 4:30 theatrical unions, led by IATSE Local 15, will rally at Seattle Center and march to the Seattle Labor Temple to remind the world that Seattle is a union town with good labor-management relations. IATSE employers will be asked to affirm their support for workers’ rights.  For more information about this event please contact BR Bigman.
We will have a sign making session at 3:30 at the Center House food court.  Bring your artistic skills and slogan ideas.  Paper stock and pens will be provided.  Please RSVP to Bess: if you can make it to this pre-event.
Volunteer credit hours will be awarded for this event.
This is a chance to get involved and come together to show our  Union pride.  Please come and bring your families and friends.

Int'l Solidarity Event

Want to learn how to lobby for Union issues?

Lobbying Training for Union Members in Seattle

The Martin Luther King Labor Council Political Action Committee and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are co-sponsoring a training session from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 10 at South Seattle Community College (6770 E Marginal Way S, Building E) to help union members develop skills to effectively lobby legislators and build coalitions with other lobbyists in their districts.  Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm, and dinner will be provided.  Registration is $10 per person. Parking is free on the SSCC campus.  Please complete a registration form for each attendee.  Make checks payable and send to: M.L. King County Labor Council, 2800 First Avenue #206, Seattle, WA  98121.  For more information, please email or call 206-441-8510.

Labor forum on national health care

National Health Care:
What’s next for labor?

Join us for a discussion led by:

• Teresa Mosqueda, Legislative & Policy Director, WA State Labor Council
• Greg Devereux, Executive Director, WA Federation of State Employees
• Sofia Aragon, Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor, WA State Nurses Association
• Larry Brown, Political Director, Machinists District 751
• Hilary Stern, Executive Director, Casa Latina
• Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator, Labor Campaign for Single Payer

Working people have made gains on national health care in the past few years. But clearly, we have a long way yet to go.

What should labor’s strategy be to win a health care system that serves the needs of all, rather than the profits of the few? What are the next steps toward achieving real national health care?

Please join us:

Thursday, February 3rd
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Seattle Labor Temple, Hall One
2800 First Avenue, Seattle

Cosponsored by: •Washington State Labor Council •Labor Campaign for Single Payer • American Federation of Government Employees Local 3937 •Casa Latina •Communications Workers of America Local 7800 •Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific •International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 15 •International Association of Machinists District 751 •Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council •Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 8 •Washington Federation of State Employees-American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees Council 28 •Washington State Nurses Association

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For more information, please call 206-214-6169, or email

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