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Archive for: July, 2012

New offer as trash piles up, SPEEA 401(not OK), health rebates…

Tuesday, July 31, 2012   WASTE MANAGEMENT STRIKE   ► From AP — New offer floated in trash strike, Teamsters say — Striking Teamsters said they made a move toward ending a six-day strike that has disrupted waste and recycling pickups for more than 200,000 Waste Management customers in the Seattle-Everett area. Teamsters Local 117 […]

Waste Management strike extends north

The following press release was distributed this morning by Teamsters Local 117: BURLINGTON, WA (July 31) — Striking recycle and yard waste drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, extended their Seattle-area picket lines to a Waste Management facility in Burlington early this morning.  The Burlington facility serves customers in north Snohomish and Skagit counties.  Local […]

Scabs on our roads, workers’ comp rates, for-profit colleges…

Monday, July 30, 2012   WASTE MANAGEMENT STRIKE   ► At — Dangerous strike breakers may be on road in your neighborhood — Waste Management is moving forward with a plan to put hundreds of out-of-town strikebreakers on the roads in your neighborhood. They may be inexperienced; they will be navigating dangerous trucks on […]

Medicare’s birthday: ‘We need to fight for it’

SEATTLE — To mark the 47th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid, area retirees with the Washington Alliance for Retired Americans, Physicians for a National Health Program and community allies celebrated in full force in downtown Seattle on Saturday, July 28 with a sidewalk parade from the Seattle Center through Pike Place Market to Victor Steinbrueck […]

Romney would gag public servants, imperil environment

By STEVE KRUEGER Mitt Romney has re-invented and re-defined himself so many times that it seems difficult to pin down just what his presidency would look like. But the public servants who worked for him during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts have no doubt about the nightmare he would bring to Washington. Public Employees […]

Olympia hearing reinforces importance of Unemployment Insurance ‘lifeline’

By TERESA MOSQUEDA and REBECCA JOHNSON On Monday, July 23, Rep. Mike Sells (D-Everett) and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) held a Joint Committee work session on this decade’s epidemic: unemployment. The Washington State Labor Council shared our video (above) of workers’ stories about searching for work and the impact being unemployed has had on their […]

Waste Management sabotage, ‘Mitt the Twit,’ the Prefab Four…

Friday, July 27, 2012   WASTE MANAGEMENT STRIKE   ► At — Waste Management continues to sabotage bargaining process — The Union agreed to take down picket lines on Monday if the company demonstrated a willingness to engage in meaningful bargaining on Saturday. Waste Management would not commit to bargain in good faith. The […]

Join in Labor Neighbor’s pre-primary push

This is the final Saturday of pre-primary neighborhood walks for Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program. Union volunteers are needed at walks planned in Auburn, Everett, Olympia, Tacoma and Vancouver (see schedule below). But first… WSLC Field Mobilization Director Lori Province reports that, after four weeks, the Labor Neighbor […]

Waste Management, Dunn gone, tax-cut hostage situation…

Thursday, July 26, 2012   WASTE MANAGEMENT STRIKE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Waste Management drivers strike; trash, recycling collection halted — Garbage, recycling and yard-waste pickup for most of Waste Management’s 220,000 customers in King and South Snohomish counties stopped Wednesday when Teamsters went on strike against the region’s largest refuse service […]

How to support Waste Management strikers

UPDATE (July 30) — With Waste Management bringing in out-of-town strikebreakers who are unfamiliar with our roads, Teamsters Local 117 has said you can support the striking workers by: Reporting all Accidents: Call the police and your local politicians to report accidents caused by strikebreakers in your neighborhood. Send us a photo of the accident […]


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