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Archive for: June, 2011

‘Emergency’ ends, Caterpillar SaysWA, Inslee in, do-nothing Congress (please)…

HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS:   ►  In today’s News Tribune — College Board won’t extend layoff authority — Washington’s two-year colleges won’t be able to fast-track faculty layoffs, for now. A “financial emergency” declared by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges expires June 30. The emergency declaration makes it easier for the schools to […]

State employee activist Althea Lute dies

UPDATE: Memorial services for state employee activist Althea Lute are planned at Mount Baker Missionary Baptist Church (map) on Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. By Tim Welch WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Althea Lute, the beloved Washington Federation of State Employees staffer and former University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center Local 1488 activist who made her mark […]

Murray supports NLRB rule change on union elections

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has come out in support of the National Labor Relations Board’s modest proposed rule to remove roadblocks for workers who want to vote on whether to form a union. The goal of the proposed change is to remove some bureaucratic hurdles to conducting fair and timely union elections. Here is the statement […]

Judge denies Boeing effort to put NLRB on trial

By Connie Kelliher IAM District 751 SEATTLE (June 23) — In the first day of substantive discussions on the record in the hearing concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing, the judge quickly denied Boeing’s subpoena request for the NLRB’s investigation documents. In essence, the ruling puts a lid on Boeing’s attempt to […]

TSA-AFGE, AFT fights layoffs, Boeing hiring…

MORE T.S.A. NEWS:   ►  Right here at The Stand — AFGE elected as union by TSA screeners! — Transportation Security Administration employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO as their exclusive union representative with an 8,903-8,447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union. ►  At WashingtonPost.com — TSO […]

AFGE elected as union by TSA screeners!

Transportation Security Administration employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO as their exclusive union representative with an 8,903-8,447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union. AFGE National President John Gage today issued the following statement: We are obviously thrilled with the election results, but more importantly are delighted that […]

Urge Biden: Don’t target federal employees in budget talks

The American Federation of Government Employees is collecting signatures — in writing and electronically — on a petition urging Vice President Joe Biden against agreeing to deficit-reduction measures that target federal government employees and the critical services they provide the American public. Take Action!™ Please click here to sign the petition that reads: Dear Mr. […]

Corporate tax-dodgers Microsoft, Boeing throw colleges a bone

By JOHN BURBANK (June 22, 2011) — Two weeks ago Governor Gregoire convened a press conference with two corporate leaders from Microsoft and Boeing.  They were celebrating a breakthrough in higher education.  It was a breakthrough – it was like 60,000 high school graduates walking out onto thin ice and breaking through.  The troika offered […]

Tri-Cities strike prep, Seattle sick leave, connecting the economic dots…

LOCAL NEWS:   ►  In today’s Tri-City Herald — Tri-Cities Community Health workers ready to go on strike — Workers at Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco are poised to strike after a year and a half of fruitless negotiations to replace a contract that expired in March 2010. Members of Office and Professional Employees International […]

Call Rep. McDermott about free trade agreements

The Washington Fair Trade Coalition has declared today (Tuesday, June 21) to be “Trade Justice Call-In Day” and is urging all supporters of fair trade agreements that respect workers’ rights and environmental protections to call the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott at 202-225-3106. (But feel free to call any time after that […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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