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Archive for: September, 2011

Labor education campaign gains momentum — Contribute!

Earlier this year, the Washington State Labor Council launched a three-year fundraising campaign (2011-13) to support the state’s labor education efforts, which play a critical role in strengthening and building the labor movement. The campaign benefits two innovative, effective institutions: the Washington State Labor Education & Research Center and the Labor Archives of Washington State. […]

Test of humanity, McKenna overruled, immigration…

Today’s news links: STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — A major test of humanity for Washington’s Legislature (editorial) — The impact of Washington’s looming $2 billion shortfall is coming into focus, and it is ugly indeed. Consider what DSHS and HCA alone might have to eliminate under the worst-case scenario: Care for […]

USPS rallies, EGT, COLA zero, higher health costs…

Today’s news links: U.S. POSTAL SERVICE   ► In today’s Columbian — Postal workers rally outside Herrera Beutler’s office — About 60 postal workers from across Southwest Washington rallied outside the Vancouver office of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to urge her support for a bill that would rescue the U.S. Postal Service from crippling budget […]

Nationwide rallies urge Congress to save USPS

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, members of the four employee unions of the U.S. Postal Service were joined by their community supporters at informational rallies nationwide — including 11 in Washington state –urging Congress to “Save America’s Postal Service.” Thousands of citizens stood alongside members of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter […]

Ports go silent as ILWU president surrenders to Cowlitz cops

The following news release was distributed Monday by the ILWU: LONGVIEW (Sept. 26) — Robert McEllrath, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, added his voice to the growing chorus calling for an end to police brutality and harassment in Longview by surrendering himself today at 11 a.m. to authorities, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark […]

USPS rallies today, Dems mull tax hike, Colombia trade…

Today’s news links: U.S. POSTAL SERVICE   ► Today at AFL-CIO Now — Support Postal Workers: Join today’s rallies to save 120,000 jobs — Under the guise of a “budgetary crisis,” some in Congress are going after the USPS, proposing massive cuts and layoffs — including laying off 120,000 workers, closing thousands of post offices, […]

$25 weekly benefit boost arrives—finally

OLYMPIA (Sept. 27) — Workers who have filed unemployment insurance claims in Washington since March 6 will be getting a welcome — and overdue — boost in their benefit payments this week. In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed HB 1091, which cut employers’ UI tax rates by some $300 million through 2017, but also provided a $25-a-week benefit […]

Boeing, EGT, Obama, USPS, No on I-1183…

Today’s news links: BOEING   ► From Bloomberg — Boeing papers say plant site gave upper hand with labor — Boeing told directors two years ago that locating a 787 Dreamliner plant outside the Seattle area would help gain the upper hand with unions even as it brought extra costs and risks, corporate documents show. […]

Seattle urges Obama: Fight for good jobs, protect safety nets

SEATTLE — Hundreds of citizens gathered outside President Barack Obama’s fundraiser Sunday at the Paramount Theater to urge the president to prioritize job creation, fair taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and protecting social safety nets as the economy continues to struggle. Waving signs urging Obama to “Protect Social Security and Medicare,” “Create Good Jobs – Tax the […]

Rallies across state, nation Tuesday to save USPS

Over the next month, Congress will be forced to make major decisions about the future of the U.S. Postal Service. The agency is in financial trouble for a number of reasons, and proposals to fix it range from ending Saturday delivery, to eliminating hundreds of mail processing centers, to closing thousands of local post offices. […]


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