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Archive for: September, 2011

Boeing documents: S.C. option had highest risks, costs

The following news release was distributed today by Machinists District 751. SEATTLE (Sept. 23) — Newly uncovered Boeing Co. documents show the company’s own executives believed that “Project Gemini” — their plan to establish a second 787 line in South Carolina — was their highest-risk option for their new Dreamliner jet and the one most […]

‘Brutality’ in Longview, in Olympia, in U.S. trade policy…

Today’s news links: E.G.T. DISPUTE   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — ILWU files civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Nelson, Chief Duscha — The union is seeking a federal injunction to prevent law enforcement from arresting Longview-based Local 21 members at their homes and driving back from work. Also, union officials allege that police […]

The results are in: ‘Free trade’ is simply bad public policy

By Stan Sorscher In a somewhat contentious Town Hall meeting, some of my Congressmember’s constituents, including me, were challenging his adherence to “free trade” policies. In his defense he said, “Go watch ‘The Constant Gardener’.” So I did. Many scenes are shot in Africa, with vivid images of urban slums and timeless poverty, where people […]

NLRB safe for now; more EGT unrest; deal for teachers…

Today’s news links: N.L.R.B.   ► At Politico — GOP’s NLRB funding move rejected — Split down the middle, the Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly rejected a GOP amendment to deny funding for the NLRB to pursue any order threatening Boeing’s new non-union 787 line in South Carolina. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) joined 14 Republicans on […]

Labor, business agree: ‘No’ on I-1125

The Washington State Labor Council and labor organizations across the state are joining with the business community to oppose Tim Eyman’s latest ballot measure, Initiative 1125, a dangerous and irresponsible initiative that would halt major transportation projects across the state. As part of the Keep Washington Rolling coalition, the WSLC has begun explaining to union […]

Labor journalists gather in Seattle for conference this week

Journalists who cover news from a workers’ perspective will descend on Seattle this week, seriously overloading the area’s progressive media bandwidth. These journalists and communication techies who are members of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA), the AFL-CIO affiliate for unions’ media workers, will hold the organization’s 23rd biennial convention Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 22-24) […]

A real Tea Party movement is happening in Longview

By David Macaray On Sept. 8, a group of longshoremen estimated at between 500-1,000, all members of the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union), stormed the gates of a Longview grain terminal (located in southwestern Washington state) to protest the company’s (EGT Development) anti-union policies. The ILWU insists that the EGT contract, along with the […]

State budget cuts, Cowlitz Cops’ costs, Happy Days…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Workers’ comp overhaul keeps business costs down — A major overhaul of the state’s system is already helping keep costs down for businesses, state officials said Tuesday. L&I said it’s proposing an average rate hike of 2.5% for 2012, saying it could have been pushing for a double-digit […]

Obama will hear from Seattle this Sunday at Paramount Theater

SEATTLE — Community and labor organizations will gather outside President Barack Obama’s fundraiser at the Paramount Theater this Sunday to let him know where Seattle stands on the critical issues facing our nation’s economy. Representatives of the various groups will stand side-by-side to deliver the following messages: — Create Good Jobs Now! — Fair Taxation […]

‘Free trade’ backing firms outsourced 18,600 jobs

Crossposted from AFL-CIO Now’s Tula Connell. Congress will soon consider three so-called free trade agreements (FTAs) between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama. Yet because these agreements do not include sufficient protections for workers, passage of these pacts would be a job-killing move at a time when more than 26 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed […]


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