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Archive for: June, 2012

In Arizona case, court rejects patchwork immigration laws

The following was distributed by the National Employment Law Project: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25) — By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today held in Arizona v. United States that most of the provisions of the state’s controversial anti-immigrant law are unconstitutional.  The Court let stand a provision that requires police officers to verify […]

‘Hire Local Labor’ rally June 29 in Kalama

As the Port of Kalama prepares for a $100 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal, the Longview-Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council will hold a “Hire Local Labor” rally this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kalama. Following is an open letter from the LKBCTC’s Mike Bridges encouraging all union members and […]

Puget Sound-area janitors authorize strike

The following was distributed Saturday by SEIU Local 6: SEATTLE (June 23) — Janitors who work in Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Seattle and at SeaTac Airport, traveled through bridge closures, pouring rain, and today’s maze of traffic to attend a union meeting to discuss and act on an appalling proposal from janitorial employers. More than 300 […]

A voice for cab drivers, SCOTUS, Lockheed deal…

Monday, June 25, 2012 LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Teamsters to help Seattle-area cab drivers voice their concerns — Because they aren’t on anyone’s payroll as employees, drivers won’t become members of one of the nation’s most powerful unions. But the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association, formally launched by drivers at […]

AFL-CIO launches national ‘Bring Jobs Home’ campaign

The following is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: In the past decade, 50,000 manufacturing sites closed and 6 million American jobs were lost because of outsourcing. Today, the AFL-CIO union movement launches the first of several nationwide Bring Jobs Home events, with an action near Master Lock’s flagship factory in Milwaukee, Wis., which has been producing […]

Mt. Rainier tragedy, offshoring pioneer Romney, ‘Private Idaho’…

Friday, June 22, 2012 LOCAL   ► In today’s Olympian — Ranger dies during rescue attempt on Mount Rainier— A Mount Rainier National Park ranger died Thursday while trying to rescue a group of climbers who slid into a crevasse after summiting the mountain. The Park Service identified the ranger as Nick Hall, 34, who […]

Local hunger strikers to protest Congress starving the USPS

Three local members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) will stage a hunger strike in Washington state June 25 through 28, in solidarity with their fellow unionists and community activists in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the nation.  The local APWU hunger strikers, Clint Burelson from Olympia, Anthony Foster from Tacoma, and David […]

Entitled insurers, oh no Dunn didn’t, schmausterity…

Thursday, June 21, 2012 HEALTH CARE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — U.S. Supreme Court won’t be last word on health reform in Washington state (by state Sen. Karen Keiser) — The Affordable Care Act provided momentum that will make real change inevitable, regardless of what the court rules. As state legislators, we should […]

Support Davis Wire strikers in Kent, now in 2nd month

KENT (June 21) — One month ago today, 85 members of Teamsters Local 117 at Davis Wire went on strike to protest what they say was the retaliatory firing of co-workers, dangerous working conditions, and a series of unlawful actions by the company. Now, all union and community members are being asked to show their […]

Job Seekers’ Update helps navigate ‘maze’ of resources

The mission of the Worker Center, a division of the M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is to increase the council’s capacity to carry out initiatives that generate high-skill, high-wage jobs, improve workforce and training systems, facilitate the delivery of services for dislocated workers, and build alliances with community and environmental organizations. The Worker […]

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