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Archive for: July, 2011

Gregoire is among least popular governors

By David Groves The Stand OLYMPIA — As Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire enters the home stretch of her two terms leading the State of Washington, she is suffering some of the lowest job approval ratings of her entire tenure. And it’s not simply attributable, as Gregoire might suggest, to the tough economy and painful budget […]

‘Earth to Congress,’ SPEEA votes ‘no,’ centrist copout…

CAREENING TOWARD THE CLIFF   ► The Editor’s rhetorical question of the day — Why isn’t the local press asking our state’s Congressional delegation where they stand on the debt ceiling negotiations?! I can find only one newspaper (The Columbian) that asked one U.S. Representative (Herrera Beutler), and she refused to answer the question. What […]

75% of WA unemployed exhaust benefits before finding work

By Teresa Mosqueda The Stand It is almost impossible not to know someone who is unemployed. The unemployed are our friends, colleagues and family members. It is the chronic unemployed who are the victims of the recession, which was caused by Wall Street greed and malfeasance plus a jobless recovery exacerbated by state and federal […]

Stop KIRO-TV demands to take away their employees’ rights

SEATTLE — Union employees at KIRO-TV, represented by IBEW Local 46, have been fighting for more than 15 months to retain their basic rights of individual free speech and rights to bargain over important workplace issues. These employees work in technical positions, including video editing, broadcast transmission, audio/video production, and maintenance engineering. TAKE A STAND! […]

Boeing opens bidding, Hanford layoffs, FAA shutdown…

BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing suggests it may build 737 elsewhere — Despite reporting better than expected earnings, Boeing Co. executives left Puget Sound-area workers and observers puzzled about the company’s plans for the 737 and Renton. After surprising the industry last week with its decision to refit the 737 with […]

Agenda for this week’s WSLC Convention

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich, Jay Inslee and Jim McDermott, and Mary Beth Maxwell of the U.S. Department of Labor highlight the agenda for the 2011 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, the state’s largest union organization which represents more than 500 union organizations with 400,000 rank-and-file members, to be held […]

Community Health Care rally in Tacoma

TACOMA — Hundreds of healthcare workers from Community Health Care and supporters will rally at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, July 28) at People’s Park in Tacoma to protest of unaffordable healthcare increases while Community Health Care plans to break ground on a new Hilltop Clinic this summer. Following the rally, Community Health Care workers will […]

L&I cites DOC for safety violations in officer’s murder

TUKWILA — After a 6-month investigation into the tragic murder of Officer Jayme Biendl in the chapel of the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) on January 29, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has cited the DOC for “serious” and “repeat serious” violations for its failure to provide line staff with adequate training, a […]

Boeing’s secrets, GOP tyrants, FAA shutdown, heckuva jobs czar…

BOEING   ► Today at IAM 751’s blog — Union fights Boeing plan to close NLRB hearing — Machinists District 751 is fighting a sweeping request by Boeing to keep the public from hearing important evidence in the NLRB complaint. Among the things Boeing doesn’t want the public to know are specifics about its South […]

It’s time to stop the insanity of failed ‘free’ trade agreements

By Lynne Dodson and Kathleen Ridihalgh The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. This summer, insanity reigns over proposed U.S. trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. For more than 20 years, “free” trade agreements have systematically undermined the American economy and the middle […]


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