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Archive for: February, 2012

AFT: ‘Shame’ on Sen. Tom for killing college bill

The following legislative action alert has been distributed Wednesday by AFT Washington regarding HB 2368: Progress on an important labor and education bill was halted today in the Senate. Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue) doesn’t want community college faculty or labor to have a voice on Boards of Trustees — or in Olympia! As the chair […]

Bipartisan jobs plan, CLC’s big boost for veterans, Invest in America…

STATE LEGISLATURE   ► In today’s Olympian — $1.3 billion plan for 22,300 jobs offered— A major jobs-stimulus plan is starting to move again at the Capitol, relying on bonds paid by lottery receipts and taxes on solid waste, oil, pesticides, utilities and other sources already collected. The plan would pay for a growing list […]

Trumka: Obama’s tax plan needs more from corporations

Here’s what AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had to say on Wednesday about President Obama’s proposal to lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28% while closing some tax loopholes: “The Obama administration’s proposal to reform the corporate tax code takes a number of steps in the right direction, but should have asked more from […]

Moving from active duty to apprenticeship

One of the biggest challenges facing many U.S. military personnel when returning to civilian life is finding a good job. The Helmets to Hardhats program addresses that problem by connecting transitioning active-duty and reserve members to jobs and training opportunities for good, family-wage jobs in the construction industry. Participants in the Helmets to Hardhats program […]

Budget ‘magic,’ home-care arrests, GOP superdonors…

STATE LEGISLATURE   ► In today’s Olympian — House Democrats’ budget avoids tax increase— It does this by lopping $81.6 million of state support for local governments, delaying a chunk of K-12 public school funding into the next budget cycle, and assuming 1,554 fewer employees on the state payroll. The new proposal (HB 2127) had […]

President Obama praises Boeing workforce in Everett

EVERETT — President Barack Obama visited the Boeing plant here on Friday to thank and praise its proud workforce and to call for greater efforts to spur American manufacturing and bring back good jobs that have been outsourced overseas. “The Dreamliner is the plane of the future,” Obama told the crowd of Boeing workers and […]

National Union for Healthcare Workers, IAM form partnership

The following is an excerpt from a joint statement from the respective leaders of the National Union of Healthcare Workers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) have signed a letter of intent concerning a potential […]

Lawmakers must find the will to save state’s Basic Health Plan

By JOHN BURBANK There’s no other way to say it: health coverage for new employees is dismal in Washington. Only a little over half of Washington employers actually offer health coverage to full-time employees. Then there is the traditional waiting period until you qualify, the employee share of the health costs… and it’s probably best […]

State budget cuts, transit cuts, UI benefit cuts…

STATE LEGISLATURE   ► Today at — House Democrats: Cut employee health care, delay school funds– The House Democratic budget is formally on the table: The $30.66 billion supplemental spending plan lops some $81.6 million in local government aid, delays $405 million in funding for K-12 public schools into the 2013-15 biennium, and makes […]

Legislative Update: Many labor-supported bills killed at cutoff

Here is today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Feb. 21) — Knowing that the short 2012 legislative session would be focused once again on our state’s budget crisis, the Washington State Labor Council and its affiliated unions had a limited agenda on policy legislation. After last week’s cutoff deadline […]


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