Community Event: Stop UW Laundry Layoffs! Rally to Support UW Laundry Workers

April 9, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Drumheller Fountain
NE 45th & Brooklyn Ave.
wa 98105
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)

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Sponsored by UW United Students Against Sweatshops and others

Last Thursday, right before the start of the Easter and Passover holidays, UW Medicine issued layoff notices for 15 workers at the Consolidated Laundry, effective for the end of May. Also in May, UW Medicine plans to issue bids for proposals that could privatize the Consolidated Laundry. Workers have no guarantees that UW’s Consolidated Laundry will not be privatized and closed!

Show your support at the second rally with University of Washington Laundry Workers, who are fighting to keep their union jobs as UW Medicine threatens to privatize and close their facility.

Know anyone who has ever been treated by UW Medicine? These Laundry Workers clean patient bed linen for UW Medicine’s hospitals and clinics, as well as scrubs for health care workers. Many of these employees are immigrants and have loyally worked for the UW for decades. They deserve better!


Union members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 are rallying to stop UW Medicine from contracting out/privatizing its laundry facility, which employs more than 100 workers who are protected by a union, have a voice on the job, earn a living wage, receive healthcare benefits, and have retirement security.

The UW’s unionized Laundry Workers will be rallying with community supporters, including students, to highlight how contracting with private sector vendors undermines Seattle’s tradition of respecting high labor standards- by paying workers living wages, offering them employer-provided healthcare, and providing defined-benefit pension plans.

Come show your support for the UW’s Laundry Workers, and tell the University to stop trying to balance UW Medicine’s multi-million dollar hospital and clinics operating losses on the backs of a hard-working and incredibly diverse workforce – the majority of whom are women, people of color, and immigrants.


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