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Archive for: September, 2012

Rank-and-file speak out on governor’s race

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is conducting a series of interviews with rank-and-file union members — entitled “Labor Decides 2012” — to talk about who they support in Washington’s 2012 gubernatorial election, and why. These videos are intended only for union members and their families, and are not being distributed to the general public.  […]

‘The Voice’ of labor, unconstitutional Eyman, scab refs…

Monday, September 24, 2012   ‘THE VOICE’ OF LABOR   ► At AFL-CIO Now — Soulful Sheet Metal Workers advances on ‘The Voice’ — Mycle Wastman, a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 66 in Seattle, certainly made his voice heard this week. In the “blind audition” portion of the NBC show, “The Voice,” his […]

‘McKenna for Rent’ events Tuesday in King Co.

The following article by Nathan Jackson is crossposted from By NATHAN JACKSON When big corporations, trade associations and the 1% ply our politicians with fundraisers they aren’t doing it out of a sense of civic duty. They give money, they expect a big return on their investment — policies that give more money and […]

Dino Rossi returns to ‘reset’ government for all but himself

By BRENDAN WILLIAMS Like so many readers of The Stand, I thrilled to the temporary ascension of Dino Rossi to his former 5th District Senate seat. After all, Rossi, although defeated in three successive elections (not counting his 1992 State Senate defeat by Kathleen Drew), would surely bring — during his noble service between sessions […]

Skagit Regional Health workers: Union YES!

The following press release was distributed by UFCW Local 21: OLYMPIA (Sept. 21, 2012) — In one of the largest union elections in recent Washington State history, a massive majority of the over 900 nonprofessional employees of Skagit Regional Health (SRH) voted to be represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. SRH is […]

Paying taxes is complicated! Approve R-74. Tay or go? Hall & Thomas…

Friday, September 21, 2012   CORPORATE CITIZENS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Microsoft avoided $6.5 billion in taxes over past 3 years — Microsoft became Exhibit A for corporate-tax skirting Thursday during a U.S. Senate hearing on a widening practice that congressional investigators say allows multinational corporations to avoid billions of dollars in […]

National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25; confirm your status!

Did you know that in 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed the registration deadline or didn’t know how to register? Make sure all your friends and family are ready to vote this November! If they live in Washington state, they can confirm their voting status — including making sure their current address […]

Young workers’ movement continues to gain momentum

By JUSTINE WINNIE At last year’s “Next Up” Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis, Allison Doherty of the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee said young worker attendees were “really focused… we have an idea of what we need to do to have all of us go back to our states and really get this thing […]

Corporate politics, charter schools risk, today’s Romney fails…

Thursday, September 20, 2012   BOEING   ► From Bloomberg — Boeing engineers slow work on contract offer, union says — Some Boeing engineers are slowing work by adhering strictly to rules, a move that may widen if contract talks during a record production boost don’t yield a better offer from the planemaker, said SPEEA […]

Tentative contract for 45,000 East Coast Verizon workers

The Communications Workers of America and the Electrical Workers have reached a tentative contract agreement with Verizon for a contract covering some 45,000 CWA and IBEW members at Verizon operations along the East Coast. The two unions and Verizon had 16 months of tense negotiations that included a two-week strike last year to protest the […]


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