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Archive for: May, 2011

Nominations accepted for 2011 labor awards

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the largest labor organization in the state representing approximately 500 union organizations with 400,000 rank-and-file union members,  is accepting nominations for its annual awards honoring exceptional organizational and individual advocacy on behalf of working men and women, plus awards for promoting apprenticeship and workforce training, and women in labor […]

Jackpot for CEOs and businesses, jack #%&! for jobs…

LEGISLATIVE NEWS:   ►  In today’s News Tribune — Employers ‘hit jackpot’ with workers’ comp reform, leader says — This legislative session, business did “extraordinarily well,” said State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson, especially in an overhaul of workers’ compensation. “They hit the jackpot there,” said Johnson, whose group fought tooth-and-nail against the idea of […]

Urge Gov. Gregoire to veto union-busting section of ferry bill

UPDATE: This action has expired. Gov. Gregoire signed the bill decertifying the union. The Legislature passed ESSB 5742, a revenue bill for the Washington State Ferries system. However, it includes a provision that effectively decertifies the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA/AFL-CIO as the exclusive bargaining representative of the Captains working for the […]

Merger will boost the push for ‘green jobs’

The BlueGreen Alliance and Apollo Alliance announced a merger Thursday to strengthen and unify the movement to build a clean energy, good jobs economy to fuel U.S. job creation. The newly unified organization will call on the federal government to focus anew on creating good jobs, securing America’s energy future and preserving the environment for […]

Wisconsin law ruled illegal, pathetic ‘Eyman budget’…

THE WAR ON UNIONS:   ►  In today’s NY Times — Judge voids law curbing Wisconsin unions — Ruling that Republicans in the State Senate had violated the state’s open meetings law, a judge in Wisconsin dealt a blow to them and to Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday by granting a permanent injunction that voided […]

Damage done, paid sick leave, Wauna vote, make a ball…

LEGISLATIVE NEWS:   ►  In today’s Olympian — Senate OKs $32.2 billion state budget — The Senate voted 34-13 to give final approval to a $32.2 billion budget agreement that emerged from a side-by-side effort by majority Democrat and minority Republican senators. The budget lops nearly $5 billion in projected state spending for public schools, […]

On workers’ comp, ‘kick-’em while they’re down’ politics

By John Burbank You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of “kick-’em when they’re down” politics this year than the workers’ compensation legislation rushed through Olympia on Monday (May 23). By the governor’s own estimate, the bill will take about $1 billion that injured workers would have received over the next five years, and […]

GOP Medicare plan goes down in flames

In a 40-57 vote on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate rejected the budget passed by House Republicans. Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray both voted against the budget, which would have replaced Medicare’s guaranteed health care funding for seniors with underfunded vouchers for private insurance, forcing a typical 65-year-old to spend $6,359 more a […]

Wisconsin Gov. Walker acts to suppress vote

With one stroke of his pen at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 25, Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin stripped hundreds of thousands of his state’s citizens of their constitutional right to vote.  Despite no systematic evidence of voter fraud, Walker and his GOP allies decided to make voter suppression a top priority for the […]

Budget/debt deals, GOP beatdown, Boeing “restart”…

LEGISLATIVE NEWS:   ►  In today’s Seattle Times — Lawmakers strike budget deal; teacher pay cut — State lawmakers appear to have cleared the roadblocks to wrapping up their work by the end of the special legislative session Wednesday. Legislators released details of a state budget on Tuesday that cuts teacher and state-worker pay, slashes […]


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