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Archive for: January, 2012

Trumka praises Obama address’s focus on inequality, job creation

The following is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: By TULA CONNELL WASHINGTON. D.C. (Jan. 25) — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night made clear that he hears the people who aren’t being heard by the 1 percent, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Obama’s speech showed he “listened to the single mom working […]

Construction woes, E-Verify flaws, Romneymania…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Building permit numbers illustrate Whatcom County construction woes— Investment in new projects remained quite sluggish last year, in some cases the slowest in many years. This coming year doesn’t appear to point toward a significant uptick in new projects. EDITOR’S NOTE — The same is true […]

‘Structured settlement’ seminar Jan. 27 in Olympia; Spokane rescheduled for Feb. 24

The first of two free seminars — presented by the Washington State Labor Council and the Project Help program — to explain the dramatic changes and answer questions about “structured settlements” in workers’ compensation will be this Friday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the WSLC’s Davis Williams Building, 906 S. Columbia […]

ILWU-EGT deal, Ideological Twister, Race of the 1%…

ILWU-EGT   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — ILWU, EGT reach tentative deal in Longview labor dispute— Union dock workers and EGT Development Monday reached a tentative agreement to end their year-long labor dispute at the Port of Longview under a cease-fire negotiated by Gov. Gregoire. The longshore union’s share of the 25 to […]

Leg. Update: Let’s make WA’s health exchange work!

Here is today’s edition of the weekly Legislative Update the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (PDF version): Washington’s health benefit exchange needs basic standards to succeed   OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) — A major battle is unfolding this legislative session that could determine whether federal health care reform succeeds or fails in Washington State when its […]

Gregoire announces tentative settlement between EGT, ILWU

The following press release has been distributed by the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire: OLYMPIA (Jan. 23) — Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced that EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative settlement on pending legal issues surrounding labor disputes at EGT’s grain export facility in Longview. “I asked EGT and ILWU […]

Jobs bill percolates, lockouts on rise, Trumka’s dissent…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Olympian — $1 billion plan could put 25,000 people to work— State lawmakers say talks continue on a more than $1 billion public-works package that could potentially put 25,000 people to work, many starting in the summer construction season just months away. A top Republican met Thursday with Senate […]

Phone bankers needed this week to fight ‘right to work’

UPDATE (Jan. 26): With the Indiana House’s passage of the right to work’ legislation, the Indiana AFL-CIO has requested an end to all national phone banks. So the Thursday, Jan. 26 afternoon phone banks in Seattle are cancelled. Stay tuned for word on next steps. And thank you for your solidarity! (Jan. 23) Following is […]

Cutting services won’t save our vital U.S. Postal Service

By JO ANN PYLE (Jan. 20, 2012) — Who’s that man or woman you see in your neighborhood six days a week? It’s your letter carrier. Letter carriers like me are in every community delivering your mail almost every day. Some carriers have had the same route for 10, 20, even 30 years. Often letter […]

‘Right to Work’ for Less, stand against sedition, low taxes for 1% (and you!)…

‘RIGHT TO WORK’ (FOR LESS)   ► At AFL-CIO Now — Republican Party makes RTW its top priority — The national Republican Party has selected Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week — sending a clear signal the party is making attacks on working people […]


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