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Archive for: May, 2012

Washington state provides solidarity, support in Wisconsin

By LINDSEY MEEKS MILWAUKEE — Washington and Wisconsin have a few things clearly in common. Washington has the UW, and Wisconsin has the other UW. They also share an affinity for a good local microbrew. And when I was cutting it close to making it for an interview, I was delayed by a lifting drawbridge […]

Simple majority rules, Hilton peace, shameless Fox…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Superior Court rejects state supermajority vote— A voter-approved initiative that requires a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to raise taxes or close tax loopholes violates the state constitution, a judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling likely will put the measure before the Washington Supreme Court this fall. The case […]

Guide Dogs of America: Machinists union’s labor of love

For many years, the International Association of Machinists Districts 751 and 160 in Washington state have held fundraisers and collected donations for an organization called the Guide Dogs of America. Union members have participated in Fun Runs (and Dog Jogs), organized bowling and golf tournaments, conducted garage sales and raffles, and ridden in District 751’s […]

BREAKING: Eyman 2/3rd supermajority unconstitutional, judge rules

► Today at the Seattle Times — Judge rules two-thirds vote requirement to raise taxes unconstitutional — King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller has ruled the voter-approved requirement that two-thirds of the Legislature approve tax increases is unconstitutional. The judge’s order issued Wednesday morning says the “supermajority vote requirement violates the simple majority provision” […]

MayWorks film contest winners announced

As part of its monthlong MayWorks celebration that concluded on Memorial Day weekend, the Washington State Labor Council conducted a You Tube film competition with the theme of “work” or “we do the work.” The three winning 3- to 5-minute films were shown at the SIFF Theater as part of the Northwest Folklife Festival at the […]

‘Political’ McKenna, loaded Walker, unicorny Romney…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Judge denies injunction in health care lawsuit against McKenna — A judge dealt an initial defeat to plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna violated his ethical duties while participating in the multi-state lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Although McKenna […]

ACA ruling: Health benefits hang in balance for millions in state

When the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on an effort to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a legal challenge brought by conservative state Attorneys General, including Washington’s Rob McKenna — health care benefits for millions of Washingtonians hang in the balance. A new report issued by state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler […]

Road repair, where’s Walker, Chamber charade…

STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Gregoire says Congress’ partisanship threatens state’s road projects — Gov. Chris Gregoire has a message for members of Congress who are so paralyzed they can’t even pass a basic highway bill: Take a look at the Columbia River bridge on I-5, with its northbound lanes now […]

T-Mobile, HP, Boeing, Amazon, Mr. 1%, Split Enz…

T-MOBILE   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Bellingham T-Mobile call center plans to add 350 employees in next 12 months— T-Mobile is closing seven call centers across the U.S. and planning to expand in the ones that remain, including in Bellingham. The call center currently has about 250 employees, down from about 450 in […]

MayWorks concludes at NW Folklife Festival

SEATTLE — The MayWorks celebration concludes this Memorial Day weekend with special events and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. It is the culmination of a month of events celebrating labor culture and commemorating the centennial of the 1912 “Bread and Roses Strike” by textile workers in Lawrence, Mass. This eight-week […]


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