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Archive for: March, 2012

McKenna lawsuit is personal, real budget reforms, NLRB no-no…

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   ► In today’s Kitsap Sun — Health care lawsuit is personal for Bremerton cancer survivor — Tessie Goheen, a 24-year-old breast cancer survivor, on Monday hand-delivered a letter to state Attorney General Rob McKenna urging that Washington drop out of a multistate lawsuit challenging federal heath care reform. “My biggest fear […]

Legal twists, turns of McKenna’s road to the U.S. Supreme Court

By BRENDAN WILLIAMS As historic arguments unfold this week before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it’s not unreasonable that our state’s citizens should want to know what is being argued on their behalf.  After all, their attorney general, Rob McKenna, has joined litigation seeking […]

‘Meeting of the Minds’ workers’ comp conference set for May

UPDATE (April 12) — Continuing Education Credits have been awarded for participation in the “Meeting of the Minds” Workers’ Compensation Conference. Earn 5 Self-Insurance credits: 2-Claims Management, 2.5 Legal, and .5 Elective. Get details. Registration is now open for the 2012 “Meeting of the Minds” Conference, sponsored by the Project Help program, where participants will […]

Candidate forum, ‘Obamacare,’ USPS cuts, not so ‘Mad’ tax rates…

ELECTION   ► In Saturday’s (Everett) Herald — 7 candidates try to stand out in 1st District — A wide-open battle for the 1st Congressional District touched down at the Machinists Union Hall in Everett on Friday as seven candidates swapped views on creating jobs, protecting workers and preserving Social Security. The candidates each sought […]

Back to square one with dysfunctional health system?

By JEFF JOHNSON Today, the U.S. Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on the Affordable Care Act. Not since the 1965 Voting Rights Act has the court given a piece of legislation so much time for argument. The stakes are high and emotions are high. Will the United States, with the most dysfunctional health […]

Stop pension cuts, Hanford safety, postal overhaul, Seattle ‘Amazed’…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At — SB 6378 kicks the can down the road, attacks pensions, harms families — SB 6378 (the Senate Republicans’ budget proposal) kicks the can down the road by letting the politicians in Olympia postpone funding their pension payment obligations. SB 6378 targets pension benefits for parole officers, park rangers, […]

WSLC Women’s Committee offers SIUW scholarships

The University of California Berkeley Labor Center will host the 31st Annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women 2012 (SIUW) on July 23-27. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the United Association for Labor Education, this is a week at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, to honor, strengthen, and support women in the […]

Machinists picket to support Hytek workers in Kent

The following is crossposted from the IAM 751 blog: KENT (Mar. 21) — Machinists Union members — many of them Boeing Co. employees — are picketing today in front of a company that provides aerospace parts. The union members have mounted an informational picket outside Hytek Finishes, at 8127 S. 216th St. in Kent. Close […]

Jobs bonds: ‘A recipe for economic recovery’

OLYMPIA (Mar. 22) — Passage of state legislation to finance an enhanced capital budget through bonds should be a special-session priority because “this new infusion of capital and jobs will help repair the damage to household and state budgets brought on by the Great Recession,” according to a new report by the Economic Opportunity Institute. […]

Health exchange rules good for small business, consumers

By DON ORANGE The Association of Washington Business (AWB), our state’s Chamber of Commerce, is fighting to eliminate industry regulations! Not exactly a “man bites dog” newsflash, huh? After all, that’s what AWB is paid to do: oppose government efforts to regulate private industry. But if there was ever a private-sector industry in need of […]


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