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Archive for: December, 2011

Hotel workers’ events in Seattle Dec. 19, in Vancouver Dec. 20

What do hotel workers want for the holidays? Job security. Livable wages. Benefits. Safe workloads. Dignity. And justice! TAKE A STAND!  Support UNITE HERE members who are fighting for fair contracts at events in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 19 and in Vancouver (WA), on Tuesday, Dec. 20. here are the details for both events: Monday, […]

Olympia’s jobs bill, Boeing-NLRB, port protests, jobless benefits extension…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In Sunday’s Olympian — Legislators’ plan to aid economy: revenue bonds — With jobless rates hovering near 9% in the Evergreen state, a few Washington lawmakers say they are zeroing in on a way to fire up the regional economy. Their idea is a new way to pay for government construction […]

JOBS will cure what ails Washington state

The following is the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter distributed Monday, Dec. 12 by the Washington State Labor Council (PDF version). December’s special session ended without action on the jobs legislation described. The 2012 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 9. The next WSLC Legislative Update will be published Jan. 10. As the 30-day special session of […]

Rep. Reichert urged to support jobless benefit extension

On Thursday, Dec. 8, supporters of extending federal unemployment insurance benefits — led by the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO — visited the Mercer Island office of U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA/8th) to urge him to support the UI extension. Here is a video report:  

Boeing contract, bipartisan cuts, UI actions today…

BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Big day at Boeing: Contract flies— Boeing’s Machinists voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve the deal announced a week ago, providing an immediate economic boost and the prospect of aerospace job security in the Puget Sound region. The vote was 74% in favor, sealing five years of labor […]

Machinists vote for jobs, approve Boeing contract

The following was distributed by Machinists District 751 at 9 p.m. tonight: SEATTLE (Dec. 7) — Machinists Union members have approved a four-year contract extension with the Boeing Co. that ensures the 737 MAX will be built in Puget Sound. The final vote was 74 percent to accept the extension, union officers said. More than […]

Corporate tax abuse in our state harming our education system

By JOHN BURBANK Occupy Wall Street has turned the national conversation to corporate privilege vs. the 99%. The mainstream media has “discovered” the yawning chasm in income, privilege, and well-being between Main Street and Wall Street. No surprise — it is the same thing that we have all understood in the back of our brains […]

Tell Congress to extend unemployment benefits now!

Nearly 2 million workers who have lost their jobs will lose their federal unemployment benefits if Congress fails to act on an extension by the end of the year. In 2012, an estimated 6 million U.S. workers struggling to find jobs will lose these essential benefits if Congress continues to focus on maintaining tax cuts […]

Labor-business team up for jobs bill, liquor suit, populist Obama…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Publicola — Business, labor form unprecedented alliance on jobs bill — The Washington State Labor Council and the State Building and Construction Trades Council has teamed up with the Associated General Contractors of Washington to make the rounds in Olympia this week and stump for a $2 billion jobs package. […]

Machinists voting today on Boeing contract extension offer

(Dec. 7) — Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751 are voting today from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a four-year contract extension offer from the Boeing Co. The union is recommending members accept the offer. The vote requires 50% plus one to accept the offer. (Read more about […]


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