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Archive for: December, 2011

‘Wisconsin Plan’ puts WA school employees’ health care at risk

By DAVID WESTBERG OLYMPIA (Dec. 26, 2011) — In the latest of the national efforts to demonize state and educational employees, following on the heels of similar anti-collective bargaining drives in Ohio, Wisconsin and Tennessee, the “blue” State of Washington’s Health Care Authority has released a legislative proposal to remove health benefits from the scope […]

Republican Medicare proposal: A tried-and-failed ‘zombie’

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has issued the following statement regarding the Ryan-Wyden plan under which Medicare would merely subsidize premiums charged by private insurers. The Ryan-Wyden proposal cripples Medicare in order to give the Republican Party a political boost and to earn Senator Wyden praise from powerful people who care more about the appearance of […]

‘Reform before revenue,’ single Sen. Cantwell, cars and chicken feet…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Publicola — Gregoire takes on ‘Reform Before Revenue’ mantra— The governor busted the state Republicans’ “Reform before revenue” mantra (which is shared by the Roadkill Caucus of corporate Democrats). She took the Republican reform recommendations one by one and said “How much are you gonna book against the $2 billion […]

WSLC’s Mosqueda appointed to Health Benefits Exchange board

OLYMPIA (Dec. 16) — Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday appointed nine Washingtonians to serve as the first governing board of the state’s Health Benefits Exchange, a new health insurance marketplace that will be available to individuals and small businesses beginning in January 2014. Among the nine is Teresa Mosqueda, Legislative and Policy Director for the […]

Report details humanitarian crisis caused by Alabama immigration law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 16) — An AFL-CIO report released Thursday sheds new light on the crisis Alabama immigrant families are facing as a result of HB 56, the latest and broadest law targeting immigrants. The report details what a delegation of prominent African American labor leaders saw in November when they traveled to Birmingham to […]

Medicare hybrid-ization, session ends, Boeing drones on, job growth…

CONGRESS   ► In today’s NY Times — Lawmakers offer bipartisan plan to overhaul Medicare — A Democratic senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and a Republican member of the House, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, unveiled a bipartisan plan on Wednesday to revamp Medicare.  Under the proposal, known as premium support, Medicare would subsidize premiums […]

PLA for U.S. Navy’s $600 million Bangor project is a first

The following was distributed by the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council: SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 15, 2011) — In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Navy has added the requirement of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to their newest construction project which will be put out to bid at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The Explosive […]

Congress dithers, USPS postpones, health care hope…

CONGRESS   ► At AFL-CIO Now — Republicans vote big cuts to unemployment insurance — House Republicans voted (234-193) to cut more than in half the number of weeks jobless workers can collect unemployment insurance benefits next year. The bill also extended the payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans not by raising taxes on millionaires […]

State’s ‘grim milestone:’ 1 million uninsured in Washington

OLYMPIA — The number of Washingtonians with no health insurance has reached 1 million, according to a new report from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. About 14.5% — or one of every seven people — now have no coverage at all. “This is a grim milestone for the state, and we believe the situation will […]

State budget, record Boeing order, Made in America…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Budget piece finished— Democrats and Republicans say their plan to close almost one-fourth of the state’s $2 billion budget gap is on a fast track for passage this week. The $480 million plan relies on “a little less than $200 million” in actual cuts, plus fund transfers […]


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