2023 Year in Review

December 19, 2023

2023 was a busy year for our local labor movement! From strikes and contracts to elections and job fairs, we recapped the biggest moments of the past year.

2023 Timeline:


  • Seattle Convention Center Addition opens
  • UW Librarians (SEIU 925) ratify their first contract


  • Seattle’s voters pass the Social Housing Ballot Measure (I-135)
  • MLK Labor holds our first New Delegate Orientation


  • UNITEHERE 8 workers at Facebook rally for severance & transparency around layoffs
  • MLK Labor organizes nation’s largest Starbucks rally on “Founders Day”
  • President’s Organizing Initiative awarded a $2 million federal grant”


  • Seattle Colleges faculty walkout over inadequate funding
  • MLK Labor helps pass $1B union-built Crises Cares Levy
  • 1,500 students attend Career Showcase at the ShoWare Center


  • MLK Labor hosted the first ever “Candidate Palooza”
  • MLK Labor helps kick off the Seattle Housing Levy


  • UW postdocs & researchers have a one-day unfair labor practice strike
  • MLK Labor/WSLC brings unions to learn about the Glacier Supreme Court decision
  • Historic Labor attendance at Seattle Pride


  • Groundbreaking Community Workforce Agreement at Tyee High School
  • MLK Labor supports striking SAG-AFTRA members
  • Showbox workers become the first nightclub in the region to unionize with IATSE 15


  • MLK Labor signs a Labor Harmony Agreement at the new Seattle Waterfront Park
  • The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy passes
  • UPS workers ratify 5-year contract with historic wage increases


  • Over 600 union members and their families attend our Labor Day Celebration
  • King County Metro transit operators (ATU 587) win an 18% pay increase
  • City of Seattle Workers hold a massive rally at City Hall


  • MLK Labor Board holds first-ever full-day racial justice retreat
  • Labor Council supports WSNA Virginia Mason nurses at contract rally
  • Governor Inslee announces support for the burgeoning offshore wind industry


  • Meet the Winners event celebrates labor’s political work in 2023
  • Labor community joins striking Macy’s workers to rally on Black Friday


  • Mayor Harrell signs Building Emissions Performance Standards creating thousands of union jobs
  • City of Seattle Workers reach a Tentative Agreement

The numbers that defined the year:

  • 8 Strike Sanctions passed by the Executive Board
  • Over $40k in strike funds raised by MLK Labor
  • 61.5% (32/52) of Labor-Endorsed Candidates endorsed won their elections
  • 9 candidate endorsement events held
  • $1B won in the Seattle Housing Levy for a livable community and union jobs
  • 13,000 members received political mail pieces
  • 20,000 doors were knocked as part of the Labor Neighbor program
  • 200 Labor Neighbor Volunteers
  • 600 people attended our Labor Day Celebration in SeaTac
  • 10,000 workers joined a union with help from the President’s Organizing Initiative since it’s inception

Retirements in 2023:

  • Larry Brown (IAM 751/WSLC)
  • Karen Hart (SEIU 925)
  • Diane Sosne (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW)
  • Terri Mast (Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific)
  • Leonard Smith (Teamsters 117)

Those lost in 2023:

  • Joel Funfar (past president of SPEEA)
  • Tracey Thompson (past Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117)
  • Paul Bigman

Meet the Winners Award Winners:

  • Best Labor-Backed Campaign: Yes for Homes Coalition – Seattle Housing Levy
  • Building Power Award: Ironworkers Local 86
  • Top Union Field Program: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
  • Union Candidates of the Year: Amber Wise (UFCW 3000) and Anthony Berkley (Teamsters 117) who both ran for Hospital Commission races
  • Volunteer of the Year: Ben Wilkerson (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW)

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