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Archive for: October, 2011

Monument honoring The Girls dedicated in Chehalis

UPDATE: Here are some photos from the Nov. 1 dedication ceremony: CHEHALIS — The Stand recently shared the story of The Girls, eight young women killed in the 1911 Imperial Powder Company explosion just outside of Chehalis, which included a call for contributions to build a monument at the unmarked grave of the victims of this […]

Providence nurses in Olympia plan ULP strike

The following was distributed Monday morning by SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: OLYMPIA — Despite significant profit margins, Providence Health and Services is demanding takeaways from nurses and healthcare workers at Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice.  Facing proposed new policies that would reduce access to sick leave and shift family healthcare costs to workers, nurses and healthcare workers […]

Cuts ain’t workin’, Intalco contract, lost Job Creators…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In Sunday’s Olympian — State tax ideas pop up — Plenty of advocates are lining up with tax and revenue ideas – some new, some worn. Two oldies from the electoral recycle bin are a temporary one-penny increase in the state’s 6.5-cent sales tax — which could raise $1 billion a […]

AFL-CIO blasts Dems’ proposed cuts in safety net

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has reaffirmed that the AFL-CIO opposes any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits or to the federal contribution to Medicaid, and he criticized Senate Democrats on the “Super Committee” for proposing — according to news reports — hundreds of billions of cuts.     TAKE A STAND! To join in […]

Risks of deinstitutionalization now outweigh the benefits

By Cheryl Felak This past week, a tragic death occurred. Tommy, a 30-year-old developmentally disabled man, died. Among his developmental disabilities Tommy had PICA, a condition in which a person ingests non-food items. As reported, Tommy’s life ended because he ingested laundry detergent which had been improperly stored in a milk carton. Tommy’s death was […]

Gregoire’s grim choices, nuisance of amputation reports, Occupy America…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Gregoire outlines grim choices for budget cuts — For the fourth year in a row, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday outlined more than $1.5 billion in state cuts to health care, social services, prisons and education. The latest round would increase public-school class sizes, eliminate subsidized […]

Volunteer for Labor Neighbor phone banks this week

Hundreds of union volunteers with the Washington State Labor Council’s Labor Neighbor program have made thousands of phone calls to fellow union members across the state, urging them to vote against the job-killing Initiative 1125 and the risky Initiative 1183. As this year’s Labor Neighbor effort hits its home stretch between now an Election Day […]

Tell Gov. Gregoire to cut corporate tax breaks by 3%

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, a coalition of labor unions representing Washington state employees received a letter from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office asking to re-open negotiations on health care benefits. This, after state employees have sacrificed thousands of layoffs, a 3% pay cut, and already agreed to a concessionary contract that raised employees’ share of health […]

Friends with fewer benefits, ballots for sale, Wall Street cheats…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Union opposes governor’s suggestion to cut benefits — Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director, Marty Brown, sent a letter to a coalition of unions, primarily representing general government workers, asking them to reopen the health-care benefits agreement “in order to negotiate a reduction in the employer premium […]

Spokane’s union members rally, meet local candidates

Several hundred union members and their family members gathered at the annual Spokane Labor Rally on Oct. 19 to meet local candidates and to discuss what can be done to improve the local and state economy. Here is video coverage of the event produced by Kathy Cummings, Communications Director of the Washington State Labor Council, […]


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