Megha Desai is a public defender in Multnomah County, Oregon. In a given week, she might work upwards of 60 hours. Right now, she has about 145 open cases.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — On Wednesday, community and family gathered to honor fallen and injured Washington State Department of Transportation workers.

All-knowing sources of information. Tour guides to the highways and byways of history. The friendly voice of a morning story time.

Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

Students protest possible closure of UW Medical laundry; 100 jobs at risk

Originally published April 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm Updated April 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

Katherine Long Seattle Times higher-education reporter



Fight to save the UW Laundry spreads to full campus, community, corridors of power

At Save UW Laundry Rally on UW Campus. “It’s really sad they’re trying to close down this laundry.”—Patricia Thomas 

More on Monday’s Supreme Court hearing

Top quotes from Monday’s US Supreme Court hearing on the Janus case that aims to install inequality at the bargaining table (to negotiate wages to sustain our families) and also in representing state employees’ contract rights in the workplace:


Some 50 University of Washington Laundry members – many people of color and immigrants who have embraced the American Dream -- pleaded with the King County Council Monday afternoon (Feb. 26) to join their fight to keep their facility open.

“Please help us – our dream is gone,” Sewalem Gebre, a laundry operator 1 and Local 3488 member, told the council.

The UW claims a $75 million budget shortfall may mean a closure and outsourcing of the facility in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

Chronicling decades of custodial mistreatment at the UW

Perhaps you were taking a walk through Gowen Hall and found the ground floor linoleum to be awfully sticky. Maybe you were in the back of a Cunningham Hall classroom and accidentally touched a disgustingly dusty windowsill. Or maybe your class in the Health Sciences Building got cancelled because of spilled chemicals. Regardless of the specifics, all of us have, at one point, encountered a situation that would have been prevented with proper custodial attention.

UW and Harborview members speak truth to power on proposed closure of UW Laundry and costly new laundering requirements for HMC custodial staff

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) workers from the University of Washington (UW) Consolidated Laundry and workers from Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Thursday morning (Jan. 25) called on the Harborview Board of Trustees to uphold the values of King County and support workers on laundry jobs and respect for custodians.