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September 6, 2021

ILGWU sit-in strike

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Organized labor has been such an established part of American life for so many decades, it’s too easy to forget the immense changes the labor movement has brought to our nation’s workforce and families.  Some examples include how organized labor helped abolish child labor and gave American workers the eight-hour work day, weekends off, overtime pay, the right to organize, and so much more we take for granted today.

Of course, these days workers and labor unions are facing entirely new challenges, two examples of which are shown in these news articles:

- California bill could alter Amazon labor practicesThe New York Times

- It shouldn’t take a 100-degree day to trigger heat protections for farmworkersThe Seattle Times

See today’s Quote of the Day and the “Did You Know?” section below for more on labor history.

And now back to COVID - - from which, unfortunately, we seem to be unable so far to escape.  I’m including information below on the latest news on variants, booster shots, kids, and efforts to prevent the next pandemic. 

Also included below is information on helping Afghan refugees arriving in our region, updates on climate change and much more.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.