Thank You Councilmember Sawant

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant visiting the Squire Park Community Council community meeting in January to hear our concerns and offer some tips on community engagement.


Our Community, Our Health Care

On Tuesday March 18th, LabCorp workers held a large Informational picket outside Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital on 18th Avenue between Jefferson and Cherry. These LabCorp employees work as phlebotomists and lab technicians at Swedish and other locations in our region. UFCW 21 represents these more than 700 worker members and is Washington State's largest private sector union with over 46,000 workers in grocery stores, health care and other industries. Squire Park Community residents also attended and supported the picket. Squire Park residents included members of the ILWU and SEIU unions. Our current less-than-union-friendly legal environment required this initial picket to be confined to one entrance of the Cherry Hill building and thus seemed to inhibit the workers from providing information directly to patients and visitors of the Hospital, or distributing as many leaflets as could have been accomplished.

Undaunted, LabCorp workers stood up for dignity, respect, and a fair contract. They did not stand alone. LabCorp workers were glad to see so many people from other unions, organizations, and from our neighborhood stand with them. Passing cars sounded their support.

This struggle is similar to so many others, across our state and across our country, where ordinary working people must unite to fight for better lives. Our LabCorp workers want competitive wages, affordable healthcare, and safe staffing levels for patients. It is ironic that LabCorp, a healthcare provider, would attempt to compromise affordable healthcare for their own workers. LabCorp needs a shot of justice and that’s exactly what they got.

As we go to press there are additional contract negotiation dates through the end of April. Hopefully management of LabCorp will get the message and change the approach they have had since last summer, when bargaining began. These workers have been pushing for a long time and deserve the basic respect of decent wages, affordable health care, and safe staffing levels. Not only are these conditions better for workers, but also will improve our experience and safety as their patients.


Spring 2018 Squire Park Newsletter

In this Issue:
  • Community Meeting Saturday April 14th – Join Us!
  • Land Use Review Committee
  • Tent City 3
  • Seattle Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary
  • Concerns over new market coming to 23rd & Union
  • Bike Share Updates
  • Swedish Caregiver Commute Successes
  • Byrd Barr Place
  • A Mural for the Central Area
  • Thanks to Sawant
  • LabCorp Labor Concerns
  • Word Search



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