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Sen. Patty Murray lands ferry funding in highway bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee announced she has included up to $20 million annually in federal highway funds for Washington State Ferries after House and Senate leaders arrived at a bipartisan compromise to continue funding transportation projects through September 31, 2014. […]

ILWU prez on trial, SCOTUS redux, “Knee Deep”…

Friday, June 29, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — ILWU president’s trial over Port of Longview protests begins — Testimony begins in the trial of the highest-ranking longshoreman arrested in last year’s dispute over hiring practices between union dockworkers and owners of the EGT grain terminal at the Port of […]

Why Washington’s labor movement supports marriage equality

By LYNNE DODSON As a labor organization, as part of the labor movement, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO champions economic rights, civil and human rights, and social and economic justice.  We fight for the creation of living-wage jobs, the freedom to form unions to bargain for a better life and a voice on the […]

Labor Neighbor walks Saturday in Bothell, Everett and Olympia

Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, is in full swing. Thousands of union members have already been called, visited at home, or leafleted at worksites by other union members stressing the importance of the Primary Election on Aug. 7, and which candidates support strong families, a secure middle class, […]

More SCOTUS, state salaries, Chase’s $9B loss…

Thursday, June 28, 2012   SCOTUS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — What the Supreme Court ruling means for our state — Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of President Obama’s health-care law, Washington state will begin working to bring many of its 1 million uninsured onto Medicaid or private health […]

Janitors announce tentative deal preserving health care benefits

SEATTLE — Puget Sound janitors, members of SEIU Local 6, announced a tentative agreement late Wednesday with janitorial employers on a four-year contract covering almost 3,000 workers that provides a modest wage increase and protects the healthcare benefits which workers say was their top priority. The agreement, still to be ratified, maintains full health care […]

U.S. Supreme Court upholds health care reform law

McKenna should be ashamed, says WSLC’s Johnson   (June 28, 2012) — The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld as constitutional President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance or face a fine starting in 2014. That provision, which the court considers a tax that the government has the […]

Hanford delays, Boeing shuffle, UnAmerican Airlines…

Wednesday, June 27, 2012   HANFORD   ► From AP — $12.3 billion Hanford plant sees new costs, delays — A new cost estimate and construction schedule for a massive waste plant being built at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site will be delayed at least a year as workers try to resolve serious technical […]

Stop Waste Management from trashing our communities

Waste Management, the No. 1 waste company in the country that collected $13.4 billion in 2011, is threatening to lock out its Puget Sound-area recycle and yard waste drivers and bring in out-of-state replacement workers. This Saturday, June 30, Teamsters Local 117 invites all union members and community supporters to attend a Community Training and […]

Captive veterans at JBLM, SPEEA talks, Bring Jobs Home…

Tuesday, June 26, 2012   CAPTIVE VETERANS   ► At In These Times — Veterans forced to attend anti-union meetings on Army base — Jason Croic is a Marine combat veteran who served 28 months in Iraq. When he came home, he found a job working for $18 an hour as a mechanic on Stryker […]

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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