Workers forced to walk through raw sewage in Ruth’s Chris restaurant at Grand Hyatt Seattle

On January 3rd, 2016, a plumbing malfunction caused raw sewage to flood an elevator shaft, some banquet rooms in Ruth’s Chris restaurant, and an employee locker room. The restaurant continued to function, and workers were asked to go retrieve their belongings from their lockers, requiring them to walk through raw sewage and toilet paper. One […]

UNITE HERE Local 8 City of Seattle Primary Endorsements

UNITE HERE Local 8 has endorsed the following candidates for the August 4, 2015 Primary Election in Seattle: Seattle City Council District 1 – Lisa Herbold and Brianna Thomas District 2 – Bruce Harrell District 3 – Kshama Sawant District 4 – Jean Godden District 5 – Sandy Brown and Halei Watkins District 6 – […]

Space Needle Workers, Seattle City Councilmembers Pledge Continued Fight for Job Security

SEATTLE—Workers and members of the Seattle City Council gathered at the base of the Space Needle Tuesday to continue the fight for job security at the symbol of Seattle. One week ago, Space Needle workers won their first raises in over three years. On July 14, the Space Needle Corporation declared impasse and implemented its […]

Space Needle Offers “Poison Candy” To Workers

SEATTLE—Space Needle workers walked away Thursday from a month-long effort at mediation with their employer,  frustrated but ready to continue fighting for raises, protections against subcontracting, and union rights. “I was optimistic about returning to mediation,” said cook Andy Roos. “But it’s frustrating to be so close and not see willingness from the company to […]


Boycott Organizer – Local 8, Seattle, WA Be a part of a movement of low wage workers that is confronting corporate greed and mistreatment of workers, raising the standards of service sector jobs, and winning dignity and respect on the job through solidarity and action. Across the United States and Canada, our members (a majority […]

Federal Panel Upholds Ruling that Space Needle Violated Workers’ Rights

Space Needle Workers Hope For Final Answer to 2013 Labor Charges SEATTLE – A three-member panel of the federal body that monitors U.S. labor law issued a decision and order in favor of Space Needle workers and their union at the end of the day Friday. “I’ve been a line cook at the Space Needle […]