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Archive for: August, 2012

Boeing hardball, Hanford layoffs, McKenna-Walker, Mesopotamians…

Friday, August 31, 2012   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing rebuffs SPEEA offer to extend contract — Boeing leaders shot down an offer to extend a labor contract with the union representing its engineers and technical workers, a move that doesn’t bode well for negotiations in the eyes of union leaders. […]

Labor Day 2012: Stop blaming, punishing public employees

By JEFF JOHNSON I want to share a few thoughts about work and workers on Labor Day 2012. I want to thank all workers for the work they do. This is your day. A day to take pride in the work you do to provide for your family, support our neighborhoods, and to make our […]

Forging a union, GOP gives raises, guber-debate, Tay’s moonlighting…

Thursday, August 30, 2012   LOCAL   ► In the (Centralia) Chronicle — Chehalis foundry workers vote to join union— Nearly 100 previously non-union workers at Bradken’s Chehalis Foundry have voted to join the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. The employee organization at Bradken, which manufactures steel castings, marks the first time in […]

Your guide to the RNC — in two graphs

As the Republican National Convention continues its reality-challenged lovefest for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, here are two graphs that tell the truth about the issues the RNC has focused on most all week: jobs and debt. Yes, you did. And this from The Washington Post:

This Labor Day, enjoy the fruits of all workers’ labor, solidarity

By JOHN BURBANK On July 4th, we here in Washington actually got to appreciate a little bit of summer… finally. August delivered some hot weather that our friends back east would have easily claimed as a respite from their humidity and heat. Now we have this great weather, with the air cooling off and beautiful […]

Romney-palooza, tonight’s debate, no WARNing…

Wednesday, August 29, 2012   WORKIN’ IN A COAL MINE   ► In the Cleveland Plain-Dealer — Coal miners lost pay when Romney visited mine to promote coal jobs — When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him […]

GOP boss says McKenna will do here what Walker did in Wisc.

By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 29) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has gone to great lengths to tell Washington voters that he’s not like Scott Walker, the divisive Wisconsin governor who took away public employees’ bargaining rights and cut their wages and benefits so he could balance his state’s budget while passing […]

Tax the rich, Boeing surge, AFL-CIO’s heavy lift…

Tuesday, August 28, 2012   TAX THE RICH!   ► At Huffington Post — Americans say rich are greedy, dishonest, don’t pay enough in taxes, Pew reports — As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are […]

Food, fun, fellowship on tap for Labor Day

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than to enjoy some food, fun and fellowship with other union families? Several AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils around Washington State are planning picnics and other events on Monday, Sept. 3. All of these family-oriented events are free and open to the public, but union members and their families […]

Stick it to ’em, social efficiency, co-opting unions…

Monday, August 27, 2012   MAKE THEM PAY! (not us)   ► In the Seattle Times — State’s labor negotiators need to save money for education (editorial) — On Tuesday, the state will resume negotiations with the WFSE over the contracts that begin July 1, 2013. The state’s labor negotiators have to be tough. The […]

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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