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Archive for: August, 2011

AFL-CIO to mobilize across nation for new 6-point jobs plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 31) — Detailing the desperate need for jobs and for a voice for working people in the political process, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today outlined a broad new mobilization effort to speak to and for working people on economic issues year-round. Joined at a Labor Day press event by workers from Missouri, […]

Where’s Jaime? Rep. Herrera Beutler avoids her constituents

UPDATE (Sept. 8th) — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler never did hold a town hall meeting during the month-long Congressional recess that ended today. However, she returns to Vancouver on Sept. 24 for a $2,500-per-person “roundtable discussion” with her and Speaker John Boehner. By DAVID GROVES The Stand VANCOUVER (Aug. 31) — Two summers ago, the […]

‘Aggressive’ pickets, aggressive fleecing, aggressive layoffs…

LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Feds target ‘aggressive’ picketing at Port of Longview — Accusing the local longshore union of unfair labor practices, a federal board is seeking an order to end “aggressive” picketing at the Port of Longview and allow trains to make deliveries to the new EGT grain export […]

Scabs hit picketers, 496 new 737s, NLRB rhetoric…

LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Union protester arrested following altercation at EGT picket line — An ILWU union protester was arrested Monday outside the EGT grain terminal gates at the Port of Longview for allegedly damaging a contractor’s vehicle driving inside. Another vehicle driven by employees of subcontractor General Construction Co. […]

Is China’s currency manipulation now OK?!

China’s undervaluation of its currency artificially raises the price of U.S. exports to China and suppresses the price of Chinese imports into the United States.  This manipulation closes opportunities for American business to sell their goods in China while flooding the U.S. market with cheap goods. Last fall, with overwhelming bipartisan support, the House passed […]

Social Security recipients in Seattle face lockout

SEATTLE  — Face-to-face service from the Social Security Administration could become a thing of the past in the Seattle area after the SSA recently signed an occupancy agreement that would move employees from two existing field offices in the Seattle area to Seattle’s Jackson Federal Building in spring 2012. “The problem is that this Level […]

NLRB, doctors waiting, Cantwell’s free pass…

N.L.R.B.   ► In The Hill — NLRB chairwoman departs; political fight looms — The departing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board won praise from the nation’s biggest labor group Saturday as she leaves a panel that’s facing key vacancies and an uncertain future. ► From Bloomberg — Obama jobs push collides with NLRB […]

Teamsters leaflet 50 Fred Meyer, QFC stores

(Aug. 26) — More than 300 Teamster grocery warehouse workers, their families, and labor and community partners handbilled 50 Fred Meyer and QFC stores statewide last weekend, demanding that the stores’ parent company, Kroger, provide its workers and their families with quality, affordable health care coverage. Teams of workers and their supporters leafleted all major […]

Why so glum, AFL-CIO speaks out, rogue posters…

IT’S THE QUALITY OF LIFE, STUPID   ► In today’s Seattle Times — State poll shows voters glum about future — Washington state voters are more worried about the future than ever. A statewide poll released Thursday by Stuart Elway shows their mood at its lowest ebb since he started the survey back in 1991. […]

Support workers at Seattle’s Westin, Hilton hotels

SEATTLE (Aug. 25) — This summer, union contracts covering more than 1,400 workers have expired at Seattle-area hotels and restaurants, including the Westin and Downtown Hilton hotels. Although both the Hilton and the Westin have made some movement toward fair contracts, the union reports that management negotiators have yet to show any willingness to address […]


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