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Archive for: August, 2011

Boeing unions pony up, Times frets, voter anger…

BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing unions chip in $200,000 in effort to keep 737 line in state — The money — $100,000 from IAM 751 and $100,000 from SPEEA — will be used by the Washington Aerospace Partnership to fund an aerospace study outlining the state’s strengths and weaknesses in the […]

Washington state ranks No. 1 in creating new businesses

With the addition of more than 8,300 business establishments in 2010, Washington state now ranks No. 1 in the nation in business creation, according to a new state-by-state analysis based on Bureau of Labor Statistics employment and wage information. Rounding out the top five were Massachusetts, Texas, New York and Illinois. As the Los Angeles […]

Hobbs for Congress fundraiser a Corporate Lobbypalooza

UPDATED with a fresh solicitation of lobbyists’ money! (see below). The staff of The Stand was forwarded an email invitation to attend a fundraiser — with “Generous Donations Accepted!” — sponsored by a who’s who of corporate lobbyists in Washington state on behalf of the 2012 1st District congressional campaign of State Sen. Steve Hobbs […]

OFM: Eyman’s I-1125 would halt transportation projects

OLYMPIA — The state Office of Fiscal Management has released its fiscal analysis of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1125, finding that if passed, the initiative would blast a hole in state transportation funding, halting major projects and creating a project backlog in communities around the state. Masquerading as a measure about tolling, I-1125 is a dangerous […]

Supercommittee!™, initiative polling, GOP tax hike…

SUPERCOMMITTEE!™   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Groups press Murray for listening session on Supercommittee!™ work — The Healthy Washington Coalition, representing low-income, medical, labor and senior-citizen advocates, are asking Sen. Murray to hold a public session to hear their concerns about the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, according to a copy […]

Sens. Kilmer, Pridemore: We’re not ‘Roadkillers’

In its recently published 2011 Legislative Report, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO printed a list of state legislators in the Roadkill Caucus. Since its publication, the WSLC has been contacted by state Sens. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and Craig Pridemore (D-Vancouver), who have both disavowed membership in the coalition of conservative Democrats. The Roadkill Caucus […]

Hytek workers join IAM, state layoffs, AFL-CIO Super PAC…

AEROSPACE   ► At the IAM 751 blog — Kent aerospace workers join Machinists Union — Some 165 workers at Hytek Finishes in Kent have voted to join the Machinists Union. The workers voted in favor of the union by a better than 2-to-1 margin on Aug. 11. The NLRB certified the results on Aug. […]

Medicaid cuts would widen racial disparities

As the new congressional Supercommittee!™ debates how to cut federal spending by $1.5 trillion in the next decade, hanging in the balance are the lives of millions who receive health coverage through Medicaid, more than half of them people of color. National and state organizations across the country are calling on Congress to stand with […]

Verizon update, tax exemption review, “A new car!”…

VERIZON STRIKE NEGOTIATIONS   ► At AFL-CIO Now — Striking Verizon workers to return to work Tuesday — The 45,000 striking Verizon workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will return to work Tuesday under the existing contract as bargaining resumes. ► In today’s Boston Globe — Strike […]

45,000 Verizon strikers will return to work

UPDATE (Aug. 20): The CWA and IBEW announced today: “Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in force for an indefinite period. We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be […]


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