May Day marchers gather in downtown Seattle

ByShannon J. Cortes

May 1, 2022

The march was co-sponsored by four Seattle labor organizations: El Comité, UFCW 3000, MLK Labor and the May 1st Action Coalition.

SEATTLE — Marchers gathered in Seattle to defend the rights of immigrants and workers on May Day.

A march co-sponsored by four Seattle labor organizations, The committee, UFCW 3000, MLK work and the May Day Action Coalitionstarted at Judkins Park on Dearborn Street with the route ending downtown.

“It’s always very energizing to see groups coming together, all different types of groups, different industries coming together and saying let’s unite and fight for more protection,” said Carino Barragan, one of the marchers. Sunday event.

Although the May Day march has been much smaller in the past two years due to COVID, the mission was still the same, focused on fighting for workers and immigrant rights.

“We’re on the cusp of truly transformational change in the way we approach work and the way we approach our society,” said Jason Chow, who attended Sunday’s march.

In most countries, May Day is known as International Workers’ Day or Workers’ Day. May 1 is not officially recognized as a holiday in the United States. However, many consider it a national strike day. Thousands turn out for protests and marches in Seattle and other major US cities.

For the past 20 years, the May Day March for Workers’ and Immigrants’ Rights has been the biggest May Day event in Seattle. The march was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was brought back in 2021 and 2022.

Recently, workers’ rights were in the spotlight as employees of several major Washington-based companies voted to form nationwide unions.

Employees voted to form the first Starbucks union in Buffalo, NY, in December 2021. Locations across the country quickly followed suit, including several stores in and around the Seattle area. Workers at an REI store in Manhattan also voted to unionize earlier this year.

Amazon’s first union formed in a Brooklyn warehouse in March, however, the company filed an objection with the National Labor Relations Board asking for a new election.

A warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama held two union elections after the NLRB voted the company unfairly influenced the first. However, the outcome of the second election is still up in the air. Hearings on 416 disputed ballots that could decide the vote are expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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