Working to Live in Southwest Washington

Oh What A Year It’s Been With Special Guest Larry Brown

December 19, 2020


You don't need us to tell you that 2020 has been a ROUGH year... and you don't need us to tell you why! With everything that's happened, though, there have been some major victories for working people!

Rather than dwell on the bad things that have happened this year, Shannon and Harold decided to talk to the people involved with some of those victories, including

- Clark College Association for Higher Education ( President Suzanne Southerland, who tells us about CCAHE's successful strike and standing in solidarity with WPEA members (

- Washington State Nurses Association ( Local Unit Co-Chair at Vancouver's Peace Health Hospital Didi Gray, who tells us about two bills passed in the Washington Legislature to keep nurses safe...

- International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 5 ( Representative Myka Dubay, who tells us how employees at Vancouver's Columbia River Veterinary Services ( won their union - Myka also reminds us to ditch that OTHER online book store and to shop union and shop local at Powell's books through the union's "partner link" ( which directs 7.5% of your purchase to their worker relief fund for laid off Powells workers...

- News Coordinator for the Columbian ( ) and shop steward for the Columbian Guild ( ) Lindsey Hewitt tells us about the challenges - and successes - of bargaining during a pandemic...

- Vancouver Association of Education Support Professionals ( ) President Barb Plymate tells us about her union's recent victory - and what podcast listeners like YOU did to make it happen!

Then Shannon and Harold take a broader look at worker victories across the state with Washington State Labor Council ( President Larry Brown - and they talk about what working people can expect in 2021!

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