Working Washington ephemera collection, 2012-2015

Overview of the Collection

Working Washington
Working Washington ephemera collection
2012-2015 (inclusive)
4.61 cubic feet (6 boxes) plus 1 vertical file, 1 oversized folder, and archived websites
Collection Number
5892 (Accession No. 5892-001)
Ephemera collection from a coalition of community groups campaigning for $15 minimum wage in Seattle
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users. However, an appointment with the Labor Archives curator is required prior to viewing certain items in the collection. Contact UW Special Collections for more details or to request an appointment.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Working Washington is a coalition of unions, faith, and grassroots community groups--an outgrowth of Service Employees International Union Local 775--that seeks to unite working people to fight for a fair economy. They were the organization that organized the campaign of fast food strikes that sparked the fight for the $15 minimum wage in Seattle and helped lead the successful campaign to pass a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Banners, picket signs, placards, flyers, advertisements, posters and stickers from Working Washington's campaigns including efforts to combat wage theft, increase the wage for fast food workers (starting in 2012), involvement in the SeaTac minimum wage campaign 2013-2014, and involvement in the Seattle 15Now minimum wage campaign 2013-2015. Other items include a hand drawn coloring book from SeaTac campaign and "wage theft" mock crime scene tape from the wage theft campaign. As well, this collection contains a t-shirt and sign from the Yes! For SeaTac campaign; a ballot initiative that Working Washington for which part of a coalition for a $15 minimum wage on the SeaTac city ballot. The collection includes banners from marches in Bellevue and Olympia. A component of this accession is born-digital photographs from the campaign and digital captures of the Working Washington website, Facebook Page, Flickr gallery, and YouTube channel.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms a part of the Labor Archives of Washington

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

The Working Washington website has been regularly captured by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine since 2013. The snapshots can be viewed here:*/ .

The organization's YouTube and Facebook pages have been regularly captured since 2013. The snapshots can be viewed here:*/*/

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Placards and postersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box:oversize 1

Folded textile bannerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box:oversize 2

Folded textile bannerReturn to Top

Container(s): Box:oversize 3

Rolled vinyl bannersReturn to Top

Container(s): Tube:oversize 4

Rolled vinyl bannersReturn to Top

Container(s): Tube:oversize 5

Demand Delivery PosterReturn to Top

Container(s): Tube:oversize 6

One demand delivery poster presented to management at SeaTac Airport Menzies Aviation, a provider of cargo handling services, by Menzies employees and Working Washington activists. The digital photo collage has quotes from Menzies employees listing their complaints about their working conditions.

Access by appointment with curator only.

"It's our Our Airport" bus adsReturn to Top

Container(s): Tube:oversize 6

Three copies of "It's Our Airport" King County Metro bus ads created by Working Washington to demand better working conditions at SeaTac Airport. The posters feature Hosea Wilcox, a skycap at SeaTac, and includes the phrases "Make All Airport Jobs Good Jobs" and "First Class", "Coach Class", and "Poverty Class" with images of the airplane seating areas for the first two classes and the image of Wilcox as the "Poverty Class."

Access by appointment with curator only.

Placards, posters, and picket signReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder:oversize OS Folder

Stickers, coloring books, and other small ephemeraReturn to Top

Container(s): VF VF

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Labor movement--Washington (State)
  • Labor unions--Washington (State)
  • Labor--Washington (State)
  • Minimum wage--Washington (State)
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Working Washington--Archives

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (host institution)