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Archive for: October, 2011

Boeing profits up, vote at Intalco, rich get richer…

ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Tim Eyman’s secret war on light rail (Danny Westneat column) — Putting light rail across the I-90 bridge is already voter-approved, by a 57% vote in the 2008 election. A goal of I-1125 is to kill it off. But the initiative would not repeal any of the […]

Promoting manufacturing is key to state’s economic recovery

By Sen. Maralyn Chase Washington state is unique, from our beautiful coastlines, breathtaking forests, arts and culture to the way in which we collect taxes. Washington is one of only six states without an income tax.  We are one of just two states with a business and occupation (B & O) tax, and our sales […]

UNITE HERE Local 8 calls for Seattle Hilton boycott

SEATTLE — As of Oct. 20, UNITE HERE Local 8 has called for a boycott of the Seattle Hilton at 6th Avenue and University Street. The approximately 100 unionized workers are fighting not only for a fair contract; they are standing up to demand a successorship agreement that would protect their jobs and their union […]

I-1125 opposition, Scott White Memorial Fund, Boeing adds jobs…

ELECTION   ► At — Poll shows Initiative 1125 losing support — “After gaining ground over the summer, support for I-1125 dropped from 56% in September to 43% last week,” pollster Stuart Elway wrote. “At the same time, opposition grew from 25% to 36%. The proportion of undecided voters has remained relatively steady all […]

Picket against Social Security cuts Thursday across state

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Social Security Administration employees and their supporters will engage in informational picketing and leafleting at SSA offices throughout the nation to call attention to the dramatic proposed cuts in administrative funding and staffing that would undermine SSA services. If these cuts come to pass, many more of the agency’s 1,500 field […]

Get ballots in TODAY; labor recommends…

The Washington State Labor Council and union organizations across the state have been informing members and their families about labor’s recommendations on initiatives that appear on the ballots now being received by Washington voters. Delegates to the WSLC 2011 Convention In August voted to OPPOSE Initiative 1125 defunding highway and transportation projects, SUPPORT Initiative 1163 […]

Connect the dots, Occupy and labor, immigration…

CONNECT THE DOTS   ► In today’s NY Times — Obama’s jobs plan is blocked again by Senate Republicans — For the second time in 10 days, Senate Republicans filibustered Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by the president. This time, the bill was narrowed to provide $35 billion to state and […]

Boeing, Machinists team up to oppose I-1125

SEATTLE — The Keep Washington Rolling coalition opposing Initiative 1125 has announced that The Boeing Co. and the Machinists union representing tens of thousands of Boeing workers, have joined together to release a new radio ad explaining the harm I-1125 would do to Washington’s economy. Listen to the ad here:     The ad, paid […]

Hertz terminates 25 Muslim workers; Teamsters file ULPs

The following was distributed Thursday, Oct. 20 by Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA — Hertz mailed termination letters to 25 Muslim workers today who had been suspended on Sept. 30 for not complying with a unilaterally implemented break policy. Hertz implemented the policy without notifying or bargaining with Teamsters Local 117, the union that represents these […]

Attend L&I’s workers’ compensation rate hearings Oct. 25-28

In September, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced a proposed average rate increase of 2.5% to workers’ compensation premiums in 2012. Each year, L&I must review premium rates and make adjustments to cover the anticipated costs of claims that will be filed in the next year. The proposed rate increase is […]


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