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Archive for: September, 2012

Port talks, AFL-CIO mailers, history revised, So is 25…

Friday, September 28, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Talks at Northwest ports go down to the wire — The union contract between longshoremen and the companies that operate six grain terminals in the Pacific Northwest expires Sunday, threatening to disrupt shipments of wheat, corn and soybeans to Asia as the weight […]

McKenna attack ad belies harm his AG office inflicts on small businesses

By BRENDAN WILLIAMS In a sign of desperation for an office he has sought since he began his career in politics as student body president at the University of Washington, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has decided to go negative and attack his Democratic challenger, Jay Inslee. This is after a much-refuted Republican Governors Association […]

U.S. Postal Service’s challenges are political, not financial

Following is a news release from David Yao of the Greater Seattle Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union: (Sept. 28) — The U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 26 issued a short statement confirming that that it will not make a Sept. 30 scheduled payment of $5.6 billion, a mandated payment to prefund retiree […]

Kowlitz Kops, McKenna goes negative, NFL removes scabs…

Thursday, September 27, 2012   ILWU   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Cowlitz County retries ILWU president — The international president of the longshore union is back on trial in connection with last year’s labor dispute, three months after his last District Court trial ended in a hung jury. ILWU President Robert McEllrath […]

‘Small’ NFIB gets its big bucks from GOP funders

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Sept. 27, 2012) — The National Federation of Independent Business promotes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan organization” that is “the leading small business association representing small and independent business.” For a business group so focused on “small” it says it twice, the NFIB reportedly gets a lot of its funding […]

AFGE pickets Job Corps Center in Moses Lake

UPDATE (Oct. 1) — AFGE reports that, just hours before the Sept. 29 picket, a manager that was the source of many of the Job Corps employees grievances was re-assigned to another state. Also, in the days leading up to the picket, the agency did back fill some critical positions.  The employees are very pleased […]

Join Super Walk this Saturday in Richland

(Sept. 26) — Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s member-to-member political action program, has had a tremendous response to its first two weekends of Super Walks. Hundreds of volunteer union members have convened to spend a few hours on Saturday meeting some of labor’s endorsed candidates, having some fun visiting other union members and […]

Koster’s cattle idea, Bangor begins, NFL scab-tastrophe…

Wednesday, September 26, 2012   STATE ELECTIONS   ► At PubliCola — Koster: Non-citizen immigrants ‘go home’ — Republican 1st District Congressional candidate John Koster doubles down on his unfortunate suggestion that immigrant farm workers should, like cattle, be tagged with bar codes to make sure they aren’t working illegally or sneaking away from the […]

SPEEA retirees picket over Boeing’s proposed cuts

The following news release was distributed by SPEEA/IFPTE 2001: SEATTLE (Sept. 26) — Retired engineers and technical workers will hold an informational picket from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Seattle corporate office of The Boeing Co. at the Russell Financial Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S. About 100 members of the Engineering Retirees […]

NFL Scab-tacular, Boeing retirees at risk, workers’ comp reforms…

Tuesday, September 25, 2012   SCAB-TACULAR!   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Wilson’s Hail Mary might help end NFL dispute with officials (by Steve Kelley) — How amazing was the Hail Mary that Russell Wilson threw to Golden Tate that gave the Seahawks the most unlikely win in their history? It was so good […]

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