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Archive for: April, 2012

Register for workers’ compensation conference in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Time is running out to register for the 2012 “Meeting of the Minds” Conference, sponsored by the Project Help program, where participants will learn about the dramatic changes in Washington state’s workers’ compensation law in 2011, plus important legal decisions handed down in the past year. The conference will be Thursday afternoon and […]

Seattle Times piles on, WSF workers underpaid, ‘Go get a job’…

PILING ON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Governor must drive harder bargain with state employees (editorial) — On Wednesday, the state begins negotiating with unions on contracts to begin July 1, 2013. After four years, it should be clear the economy has permanently reset. State contracts should complete that adjustment. EDITOR’S NOTE — […]

APALA celebrates 20th anniversary; Seattle chapter hosts event Friday

The following is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: Twenty years ago, when the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) was founded, “you could almost count the number of Asian Pacific American (APA) organizers on one hand,” says APALA Executive Director Gregory Cendana. But in the two decades since, That has clearly changed when you look around […]

WA YELL event to feature AFL-CIO’s Shuler on June 7

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be the guest of honor at “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound,” a social and fundraising event to benefit the Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL), from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. Unions are urged to bring their younger emerging leaders, […]

Pierce healthcare workers to picket for health care

While the Franciscan and MultiCare health care systems continue to make hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year, healthcare workers at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Clare Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital struggle to afford healthcare for themselves and their families. The healthcare workers at the three hospitals, members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, […]

Senate passes USPS bill, McKenna snaps, He-Man wonders aloud…

AMERICA’S POSTAL SERVICE   ► From AP — Senate votes to slow closing of post offices— The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery. By a […]

End tuition ‘sticker shock,’ reopen the doors of higher ed

By JOHN BURBANK This time of year, high school seniors who plan to go to community college or the UW take a look at the actual price of admission — and then try to figure out with their parents whether they can make it work. It gets tougher every year. Just 10 years ago, University […]

Stand together with Macy’s workers in May

They Are the Magic Behind Macy’s. They work hard to provide customers at Macy’s seven unionized stores in northwest Washington with quality, dependable service. And right now, they are in negotiations with Macy’s management to try to get a fair contract to replace the one that expires Monday, April 30. Macy’s employees are standing together […]

Rally on Saturday for good jobs at SeaTac Airport

At noon on Saturday, April 28, more than 1,000 airport workers and community leaders — many of them immigrants — will rally at Sea-Tac Airport and then march down International Boulevard to call on the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines to make sure all airport jobs are good jobs. TAKE A STAND! Supporters of […]

Boeing profits up, NLRB rule stands, Obama slow jams…

BOEING   ► Today from AP — Boeing’s 1st quarter earnings rise on aircraft sales — Airlines around the world are updating their fleets with new, more fuel-efficient planes, and that’s good news for the aircraft maker. It said Wednesday that first-quarter profit soared 58%, beating analysts’ expectations, as sales at its commercial airplane division […]


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