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Archive for: March, 2012

Members approve SAG-AFTRA merger

The following press release was distributed today by SAG-AFTRA: LOS ANGELES (March 30) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild are pleased to announce that members of both organizations have overwhelmingly voted to approve a merger, creating a new entity, SAG-AFTRA. SAG members voted 82 percent in favor of […]

Times McCoverage, budget for the 1%, Girl Talk…

LOCAL   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Allied Waste workers stop work to support union in Alabama — Several thousand people and businesses in Snohomish County didn’t get their trash picked up because Allied Waste employees stopped work here in support of a union in Alabama. ALSO see coverage in The Stand — because […]

Don’t leave Olympia without Jobs Bonds!

UPDATE (April 11) — Thanks to the thousands of emails sent by supporters of the Infrastructure Jobs Bonds, the legislation passed today! Get details. Thank you for your support! OLYMPIA (Mar. 30) — With the extended special session of the State Legislature scheduled to end April 10, Washington lawmakers are reportedly nearing agreement on the […]

Allied sanitation workers honor pickets of Alabama Teamsters

UPDATE (April 2) — Puget Sound-area Teamsters have taken down their picket lines at Allied Waste sites. The company is back to the bargaining table with Local 991 in Mobile, Alabama. Local Teamsters send their thanks to all of you who stepped up to support our brothers and sisters at Allied Waste! The following press […]

Congress settles for stopgap highway bill

UPDATE: Lacking the votes to pass either the bipartisan transportation bill or a weaker alternative sought by the Tea Party contingent, House Republicans on March 29 approved a 90-day temporary transportation funding bill. Faced with the looming March 31 deadline to approve funding, the Senate followed suit and sent it to President Obama’s desk for […]

Double-special, GOP highway jam, USPS not broke…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Another special session? — For weeks, the main sticking points to a state budget solution have been a Democratic plan to delay a payment to schools by a day, and a Republican plan to skip a pension payment. Gov. Gregoire recently said those issues are off the negotiating […]

Get trained May 4 on latest campaign finance rules

Every year, there are changes and updates to the campaign finance laws in Washington State. In advance of this year’s busy election cycle, and to help its affiliated unions stay current with changes to reporting requirements, the Washington State Labor Council will be holding a training on Political Action Committees and Separate Segregated Funds in […]

Cost of ACA repeal, government layoffs, GOP targets federal employees…

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Protesters object to state’s role in case— As the U.S. Supreme Court questioned lawyers about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, its supporters protested outside the Olympia offices of the National Federation of Independent Business and state Attorney General Rob McKenna, who oppose it.  “We […]

Tweaking apprenticeship’s pitch for Tweeters

How do you market apprenticeship — a job training system that literally dates back to the Middle Ages — so its relevant and attractive to today’s teenagers? That’s what the Washington State Labor Council and ANEW set out to discover under a 12-month contract with the U.S. Department of Labor. After conducting focus groups and […]

Without SB 5873, data center jobs are disappearing

The Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council is distributing the following information about SB 6789: OLYMPIA — Until recently, Washington’s low-cost electricity from renewable hydro and wind power made rural parts of our state a leader for the construction of data centers. But since July 2011, companies including Facebook, Apple, Rackspace and Amazon have […]


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