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Archive for: July, 2012

Bulldozer vs. iPad, ferry staffing dispute, GOP voter suppression…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012   ELECTION   ► At PubliCola — Inslee as bulldozer; McKenna as iPad. It’s that simple — Jay Inslee’s latest ad takes a manly bulldozer theme to its conclusion, we see a bulldozer cruising along with an Inslee bumper sticker. Inslee, is, well, a bulldozer. Meanwhile, McKenna’s ad portrays him as […]

McKenna’s minimum wage stance decried

SEATTLE — Low-wage workers and community supporters gathered outside Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna’s Attorney General’s office in Seattle on Tuesday, giant McKenna-faced pennies in hand, to give him their “two cents” about their struggles to make ends meet while McKenna has opposed a small increase in the minimum wage. McKenna tried to block a […]

Bellingham wants to work, WFSE grievance, Inslee surges…

Tuesday, July 24, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Bellingham Council moves toward public vote on coal terminal— The City Council has taken a tentative step toward a non-binding citizen advisory vote to gauge public opinion on the shipment of coal by rail through the city. About 75 labor union members […]

Modern-day shackles in Walmart’s global supply chain

By TOM GEIGER Special to The Stand Walmart is often criticized for low pay and inadequate benefits for its workers. While those are legitimate concerns, they only scratch the surface on Walmart’s threat to workers and communities in Washington state and beyond. This second of a three-part series explores Walmart’s global supply chain and shows […]

IAM contract at JBLM, GOP blocks jobs bill, lost toolbox…

Monday, July 23, 2012   LOCAL   ► At — Machinists at JBLM ratify first union contract — A group of Machinists Union members who work for a civilian contractor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has approved its first union contract. As a result of their vote for the contract, the employees of URS Corp. […]

Attend important Town Hall on Seattle Hotels this Thursday

With the Hilton Seattle victory, hotel workers in the Seattle area are looking to the future knowing that if the community comes together, a difference can be made in thousands of lives, for generations to come. UNITE HERE Local 8 invites supporters, elected officials, hotel industry stakeholders, faith leaders and community allies to celebrate its […]

State Labor Council convention begins today

UPDATE (Aug. 6) — The Washington State Labor Council’s 2012 Convention begins today in Wenatchee, and the entire staff of The Stand is there to bring you each day’s news. Stay tuned… AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, […]

Bring Jobs Home, ‘you people,’ USPS default, Cats and Dogs…

Thursday, July 19, 2012   BRING JOBS HOME   ► At AFL-CIO Now — Tell your Senators: Bring Jobs Home — The U.S. Senate will vote TODAY on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 3364 [formerly S. 2884]). Make your voice heard in the battle to stop corporate tax breaks for firms that export American […]

Murray, Cantwell vote to ‘Bring Jobs Home’ but GOP kills bill

UPDATE (July 19) — from AFL-CIO Now — Senate Republicans say ‘Don’t Bring Jobs Home’— Given the choice between supporting American workers or the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas, Senate Republicans sided with the job exporters last Thursday and blocked a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act. Republicans filibustered to block the measure; a […]

Ballots in mail; volunteer for Labor Neighbor

This weekend is a critical one for Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, because voters around the state are now receiving their primary election ballots. With voter turnout traditionally lower in primary elections, it’s critically important for union members not only to vote, but also to encourage other union […]


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