…a happy ending! In May of 2018, WIP told how two years of organizing and strikes led by the IWW brought Oregon’s Burgerville to the bargaining table. Now after (only!) three years, workers will vote on a contract that includes a three-month set schedule, paid vacation time and parental leave, improved job safety, and more. An organizer with the union added “We need real change in our society, and these improvements are just the beginning of new struggles to win even more.” Burgerville has branches in Centralia, Kelso and Vancouver.
..never-ending: Olympia’s Department of Planning and Development for the fifth time accepted as complete Jerry Mahan’s application to develop Green Cove. The property on Cooper Point is a former gravel mine and waste site now the focus of a pending order from the Dept of Ecology on hazardous contamination Read the whole story in the Aug. 2021 issue of WIP.
…never enough? Will warehouses be the new “farm crop?” Over the next year, the county will investigate the environmental impact of rezoning agricultural land for warehouses. Thurston County lost 11% of its farmland acres since 2000. Warehouse investor UPCastle also has its eye on new “Federal Opportunity Zones” that offer tax advantages—in Lacey, Nisqually and downtown Olympia.