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Archive for: May, 2012

USW members at Anacortes refinery OK Tesoro contract

ANACORTES (May 23) — USW members at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes have voted to accept the company’s latest contract offer. Shortly after USW members protested May 3 outside Tesoro’s shareholder meeting in San Antonio, the company presented a revised “last-and-final offer” that reportedly included some key concessions on workers’ benefits. USW members at Tesoro’s […]

Charter schools, looming recession, our spendthrift president…

ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Advocacy groups file initiative to put charter schools on ballot — The late timing of the filing means that once the initiative’s wording is finalized — a process that takes at least two weeks — the groups will have to hurry to collect nearly 250,000 valid signatures […]

Tickets going fast for WA YELL event June 7

Tickets and sponsorships are going fast “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound,” a social and fundraising event to benefit the Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL), that will feature AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. Unions have been […]

McKenna’s ethics, corporate cash, the cost of war…

ELECTION   ► From AP — McKenna’s county files raise campaign-ethics concerns — Hundreds of documents stored at the King County Archives suggest Rob McKenna’s office may have improperly mixed campaign and political documents while he served as a King County Council member. There are strong indications that McKenna himself was at least aware of […]

Arena job-killer, Sen. Zarelli out, Dems go to AA…

PORT OF SEATTLE   ► In the Seattle Times — Proposed arena a job-killer, says Port of Seattle leaders — Seattle and King County leaders say the Port of Seattle can thrive next to a new NBA and NHL arena, but the Port sees potential damage to its plan to expand and add up to […]

Support Teamsters on strike at Davis Wire mill in Kent

UPDATE — At the Teamsters Local 117 website, get details about how you can support striking workers, and see news coverage of the strike. The following press release was distributed May 21 by Teamsters Local 117: KENT — Workers at the Davis Wire mill, S. 194th St & 80th Ave S., went on strike early […]

‘Bain-focals’ put profit-driven presidency into sharp focus

By KEN WINKES Among the millions who will be affected by the 2012 presidential election are dozens of high school students who won’t have to write the essays I would have assigned if I were still teaching. For this former English teacher, the 2012 presidential election would have been a dream-come-true. Not since 1932, when […]

USPS closures, NLRBroken, Gael goof, Disco Queen…

POSTAL SERVICE   ► In today’s NY Times — USPS to consolidate 48 mail processing centers in summer — The United States Postal Service announced Thursday that it would begin consolidating 48 mail processing centers beginning in July, the first phase of a cost-cutting plan that is intended to save the agency nearly $1.2 billion […]

Volunteer for Wisconsin GOTV phone banks this week

UPDATE (May 29) — Many local union members have volunteered for Seattle-area phone banks today through Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the IAM 751 and UFCW 21 halls, but MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If you can’t make it to those sites but have access to a computer and a phone, you can work […]

Exchange reward, Hilton contract, our ‘metrosexual black Abe Lincoln’…

HEALTH CARE   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — State awarded $128 million for Health Benefits Exchange — Washington will receive a financial reward for forging ahead with one element of federal health care reform this spring while many other states were holding back. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Wednesday it will award Washington […]


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