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Archive for: August, 2012

Costco urged to support Palermo’s workers

ISSAQUAH, WA — University of Washington students and community leaders, led by members of UW’s United Students Against Sweatshops (UW USAS) and Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL), visited Costco headquarters on Friday, Aug. 24 to urge Costco CEO Craig Jelinek to end the company’s contract with Palermo’s. The frozen pizza company has been […]

Supermajority rule kills jobs, harms state, study finds

Initiative 1185, which will appear on the November 2012 ballot in Washington state, jeopardizes the state’s economic future and undermines basic values held by the vast majority of Washingtonians, including healthy families, education and opportunity, thriving communities, and economic security. That’s the conclusion of a new report, “Supermajority Law’s Damaging Legacy,” released Thursday by the […]

Medicare split, where’s Teddy, Squeeze…

Friday, August 24, 2012   MEDICARE   ► From AP — At 55 and 53, couple split by Romney/Ryan Medicare plan— Mike O’Malley is 55; wife Sharon is 53. So they’re on opposite sides of the age cutoff in Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan. Mike would qualify for traditional Medicare. But Sharon, in the new program, […]

Celebrate safer, healthier Seattle as Paid Sick Days takes effect

By LYNNE DODSON and DIANE ZAHN A year ago, when you went to a local Seattle restaurant, grocery store or even health clinic there was more than a passing chance that the person serving you might have come to work sick. What a difference a year can make.  On Sept. 1, 2012, the roughly 190,000 […]

Silence at Boeing, out-of-state initiatives, fiscal cliffs…

Thursday, August 23, 2012  (Warner Brothers edition)   BOEING   ► At — SPEEA files Unfair Labor Practice charge against Boeing — The union claims the company told employees they were banned from making negative comments about Boeing. “Such discussions by union members are protected by the National Labor Relation Act (NLRA). Employers’ efforts […]

Grassroots effort exposes real Republican agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 23) — On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, working families will kick off the national 2012 grassroots canvasses across the country to talk to their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers about the radical Romney/Ryan agenda that will outsource jobs, end Medicare and raise taxes on middle class families to give […]

Alaska Airlines’ low-wage contracts harm community

By MIA GREGERSON Alaska Airlines has been praised for cutting costs and increasing profits over the past three years, all while maintaining quality customer service and flying its planes on time. What you may not know is that many of the employees responsible for the airline’s record of service do not actually work for Alaska […]

Mitt’s Medicare cuts, transit pay freeze, ‘free’ trade…

Tuesday, August 21, 2012   ELECTION   ► At TPM — Surrogates admit Romney will cut Medicare benefits for current seniors — Romney plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and thus to spend over $700 billion more on the program in the coming decade than the government would spend if the […]

Ryan economy not working in his Wisconsin hometown

This is a crosspost by Sara Jerving of the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch. When Dave Schumacher, 51 years old, lost his job in 2009 in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., he wasn’t alone. Schumacher drove trucks for a supplier company that served the General Motors (GM) SUV plant, the […]

Young workers showcase solidarity, creativity, team-building at convention

By JUSTINE WINNIE The Stand WENATCHEE — More than 50 young leaders and allies converged Aug. 5 in Wenatchee for the Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders’ (WA YELL) First Annual Convention. Members from diverse corners of the state kicked off their time at the Washington State Labor Council’s Convention with a bang, and brought their […]


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