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Archive for: July, 2011

Tell Congress: Stop GOP’s FAA shutdown costing 90,000 jobs

More than 90,000 airport construction jobs are on the line because of the Republican shutdown over the Federal Aviation Administration. Not only are 4,000 FAA workers already out of their jobs, but because House Republicans refused to pass a funding authorization bill, money for airport improvements has dried up and construction workers at many airports […]

More EGT arrests, supermajority suit, debt showdown…

LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Seven arrested during union protest at EGT terminal — Law enforcement officials are concerned that union dockworkers are becoming more aggressive after seven were arrested and another was injured Monday morning at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview. ILWU Local 21 blamed EGT […]

EGT escalates dispute at Port of Longview

By David Groves The Stand LONGVIEW — A major labor dispute at the Port of Longview, which has included more than 100 arrests and citations —  including seven more arrests Monday morning — and hundreds of union dockworkers blocking a mile-long train to prevent grain shipments, has escalated even more after the terminal operator, EGT […]

Pickets shut EGT, federal furloughs, ‘job creators’…

LOCAL   ► In Saturday’s (Longview) Daily News — Picket line forces shutdown at EGT port terminal — EGT Development indefinitely shut down its $200 million grain terminal at the Port of Longview Friday morning after union dock workers set up a picket line and blocked employees and contractors from entering the site. The company […]

Tell Congress: No deal cutting Social Security, Medicare

Cross posted from AFL-CIO Now. If you’ve been following the news on the various proposals to reduce national spending as part of a deal to raise the national debt ceiling, you’ll have heard politicians from both parties bandy about phrases like “tough choices” and “shared sacrifice” and “taking on sacred cows.” But as AFL-CIO President […]

USPS’s SOS, GOP vs. NLRB, FAA 911, and Grover (not that one)…

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Hundreds protest USPS proposal to move mail-sorting operations to Pasco — It was standing room only Thursday night as around 300 community members turned out for a contentious meeting with U.S. Postal Service managers about a proposal to move Yakima’s mail-processing operations to Pasco. Katherine […]

In union elections, time is on management’s side

By David Groves We need more time, corporate lobbying groups say. We need more time to make our case to workers about why they shouldn’t form unions. And we also need more time before the federal government updates the rules governing those union elections. That was the message delivered by business organizations at hearings held […]

Boeing’s boost for Renton, state cuts, ‘goring’ the poor…

BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing decision on 737 engine likely to benefit workers in state — The decision to extend the life of the 737 by giving it new engines is a boost to its Puget Sound area workers, given that the company will likely keep work at its Renton facility. […]

Cutting government spending is unpatriotic, harming economy

By John Burbank We have a big private-sector economy, which is floundering in stagnation. Chief among the victims are middle-class Americans, some on the verge of losing their houses, others with their jobs exported out of the country, and others trying to figure out how to pay the accelerating costs of their kids’ education and […]

IUOE will take EGT jobs, Half-American jet order, Gregoire’s choice…

LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Oregon-based operators’ union will accept jobs at EGT terminal — Unionized operating engineers said Tuesday they will take 25 to 35 jobs at the EGT Development grain terminal, sparking a possible battle with union longshoremen who say the jobs should be theirs. IUOE 701 Business Manager […]


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