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Archive for: May, 2011

In Boeing case, right-wing flies off course

By Kimberly Freeman Brown Right-wing pundits and politicians have been in rare form over the past few weeks, with the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing serving as a catalyst for their ramped up attack on workers’ rights. As usual, the facts have all too quickly been lost in the frenzy of overblown rhetoric […]

Benefits are available for trade-impacted workers, businesses

As a recent Letter to the Editor in the News Tribune pointed out, assistance is available to laid-off workers and businesses impacted by foreign trade, and it is being underutilized. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in partnership with the State Employment Security Department, maintain a website — — to help laid-off workers and […]

South Puget Sound CC suddenly cuts 180 classes

The following news release was distributed Tuesday by AFT Washington: The administration at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is slashing 180 course *sections from its AA transfer program. Sections that will be eliminated are in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences – all required for a successful transfer into a four-year university. Registration […]

‘We’re not Wisconsin?’ No, arguably we are worse

By Brendan Williams Throughout the 2011 legislative session, cold comfort, and perhaps a smug relativism, was found in the statement, “We’re not Wisconsin.” Indeed, as time passed even Wisconsin was no longer “Wisconsin” as the epitome of an anti-labor state government.  Ohio, for example, went further by restricting collective bargaining for police and firefighters.  Yet […]

Wha’happa? Budget now cued up, elections, recalls…

LEGISLATIVE NEWS:   ►  In today’s Olympian — Workers’ comp bill passes — The Association of Washington Business supports the plan as a way to limit premium hikes, which had been forecast to jump by double digits for some business sectors this year. Gov. Gregoire said that size of rate hike won’t happen now, but […]

‘Shameful’ cuts OK’d; see how they voted

On Monday, the Washington State House and Senate passed labor-opposed workers’ compensation legislation, without amendment, that Gov. Chris Gregoire calls “some of the largest reforms in the system’s 100-year history.” The bill — which had no public hearing and no fiscal note explaining its costs — was made public for the first time at about […]

This is government at its worst

By David Groves Calling all advocates for open government. You know who you are. Every newspaper editorial board in the state. Every right-wing corporate-funded think tank. Attorney General Rob McKenna. The Washington Coalition for Open Government (upon which I once served as a board member). All you government gadflies with sincere, and sometimes not-so-sincere, motives. […]

Tell your legislators: Vote NO on governor’s workers’ comp plan

In the waning hours of the special overtime legislative session, Gov. Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to cut workers’ compensation benefits by more than $800 million in the next four years, on top of the $330 million in system savings agreed to by both business and labor interests. The plan includes […]

‘Atrocious’ deal; ferry vandals; why we’re in debt…

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION NEWS:   ►  Today from AP — State leaders reach deal on workers’ compensation — The proposal announced by Gov. Gregoire and leaders from both parties seeks to improve the long-term health of the system by offering financial settlements to older workers who get injured. Labor groups immediately panned the deal. “It is […]

Labor rejects latest ‘settlement’ proposal

The following news release was distributed Saturday by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. LABOR REJECTS LATEST PLAN FOR INJURED WORKER ‘SETTLEMENTS’ Saying “It’s time to pass budget and go home,” unions pledge to work on responsible reform OLYMPIA — The unions that comprise the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, are unequivocally opposed to legalizing workers’ […]


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