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Archive for: April, 2012

Worker Memorial Day events are this week

A young construction worker, a veteran firefighter, a grandmother working a sales job, a popular corrections officer — these are among the 69 people who will be honored this year at 2012 Worker Memorial Day ceremonies around Washington state next week. Each year on Worker Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who […]

‘Unite Against the War on Women’ events across U.S.

UPDATE (Apr. 29) — The “Unite Against the War on Women” events were held across the nation on Saturday. Here are the remarks delivered at the Seattle event by Lynne Dodson, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council. This Saturday, April 28, members and supporters of the Coalition of Labor Union Women will be joining […]

‘Jobs Now’ signed, Everett-built 777X wings, square pegs at the Times…

JOBS NOW!   ► In today’s News Tribune — Governor’s pen strokes launch $1 billion in public works projects— Gov. Gregoire signed more than $1 billion in public works spending into law Monday, including money to refurbish state-run living quarters for the developmentally disabled that the governor had planned to veto until the last minute. […]

The simple Social Security fix that no one wants to talk about

SEATTLE —Today’s news coverage of the “grim, dismal” outlook for the nation’s most important and popular social insurance system belies the truth about the relative health of the Social Security system, and it completely ignores the simple fix proposed to ensure its solvency indefinitely. The 2012 Social Security Trustees’ Report shows the is on sound […]

MayWorks launched by emerging leaders

MayWorks, a celebration of workers’ culture being organized this year by Washington’s labor movement, was kicked off at the 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders Conference hosted by Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WSLERC) on April 13-14 at the South Seattle Community College. About 50 conference attendees learned about the history of 1912 Bread & […]

Sign petition to stop the secrecy on latest round of trade talks

In early May, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will host the 12th round of negotiations of the TransPacific Free Trade Agreement (known as the TPP) in his hometown of Dallas, where he served as mayor. More than 600 corporations will be at the negotiating table — and no one else has even been permitted to […]

ALEC update, Probst for Senate, exposed Kochs…

ALEC UPDATE   ► In the NY Times — Conservative nonprofit ALEC acts as stealth business lobbyist — Most recent attention has focused on ALEC’s role in creating model bills that advance a pro-business, socially conservative agenda. But a review of internal ALEC documents shows that this is only one facet of a sophisticated operation […]

McDermott condemns murder of Bangledeshi labor leader

Aminul Islam, a Bangladeshi labor rights activist and former apparel worker, was tortured and murdered in early April in Dhaka. His body, which bore signs of brutal torture, was dumped outside of the capital city and was found by local police.  Labor rights organizations in Bangladesh and the United States say the killing is associated […]

‘Mediscare Hooey,’ broken revenue system, Little Boxes…

‘MEDISCARE HOOEY’   ► In today’s Columbian — Herrera Beutler Medicare flier’s claims challenged — The flier, which cost the government $37,000 to print and distribute, claims “Obamacare” will ration Medicare services to seniors, cut $500 billion from Medicare to expand another entitlement, and bankrupt the Medicare fund in nine years. Fact checkers at the […]

Executive PayWatch: CEOs get big raises, hoard cash reserves

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19) — Corporate executive officers of S&P 500 Index companies received an average of $12.9 million in pay in 2011 — a 14% raise, according to data released by the AFL-CIO on Thursday. The ratio of CEO to worker pay is now 380 to 1. The newly designed Executive PayWatch, a searchable […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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