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Archive for: October, 2012

McKenna slips us a Mickey, Ohio’s deciders, ‘on your own’ delusion…

Wednesday, October 31, 2012   STATE ELECTIONS   ► At PubliCola — McKenna goes to Disneyland on the public dime — State taxpayers funded a $1,500 trip to Disneyland for state Attorney General Rob McKenna last summer, during which McKenna held a fundraiser for his gubernatorial campaign, according to records obtained by PubliCola. This latest […]

Washington YELLers make GOTV phone banks a scream

(Oct. 31) — Who says get-out-the-vote phone banking isn’t fun? Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) members and other volunteers proved that at their costume phone-banking session last week. Enjoy the photos below. VOLUNTEER! With Election Day less than a week away, volunteers are still needed for phone banks across the state. See the […]

ATU, Larsen stress importance of getting out the ‘transit vote’

EVERETT (Oct. 30) — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2nd) joined officials from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1576 and Community Transit, transit workers, passengers, and other advocates at a rally on Oct. 26 to mobilize riders to vote and draw attention to the vital role public transportation plays in Snohomish County’s economy as part of […]

Fair Trade Music to meet, seek sustainable Seattle club scene

SEATTLE — How can musicians partner with local clubs to build a more sustainable, professional music scene? That’s what will be discussed at the next general meeting of Fair Trade Music, a new grassroots campaign of Northwest union and non-union musicians supported by the Musician’s Association of Seattle, Local 76-493 AFM and the Musicians’ Union, […]

SuperStorm Sandy, Union Buster Mitt, part-time life…

Tuesday, October 30, 2012   SUPERSTORM SANDY   ► In today’s Washington Post — Powerful storm devastates New York, New Jersey — New York and New Jersey awoke Tuesday to devastating flooding, power outages and scattered fires left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which cast broad swaths of the Northeast into darkness as it […]

Referendum 74: Equality and justice for all families

By LEE NEWGENT and SARAH CHERIN My name is Lee Newgent. I am an active union member and head of the King County Building and Construction Trades Council. I believe in freedom, and that includes the freedom for everyone to love who they want to love. That is why I am voting to Approve Referendum […]

Court: Nurses due unpaid wages if denied breaks

The following was distributed by the Washington State Nurses Association: OLYMPIA (Oct. 30) — In a huge victory for patient safety, the nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously upheld nurses’ statutory rights to be paid overtime when their duties prevent them from taking a rest period. In 2007, the Washington State Nurses […]

Inslee for Jobs, McKenna for Trips, Bosses for Voting Instructions…

Monday, October 29, 2012   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In the Olympian — Inslee embraces national issues; McKenna takes different path — On a Saturday morning in Tacoma this month, Democrat Jay Inslee reminded a union hall crammed full of workers there is a tall crane on the Tacoma Tideflats with a 100-foot banner that […]

AFT Washington files complaint against ‘Stand for Children’

The following was distributed by AFT Washington: (Oct. 29) — The American Federation of Teachers in Washington State (AFT Washington) filed a complaint last week against the Stand for Children Washington’s Political Action Committee with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The PAC improperly used AFT Washington’s logo as an endorsement on their candidate mailing for […]

Edgewater Hotel workers in Seattle seek respect at work

SEATTLE (Oct. 29) — Dozens of workers from the Edgewater Hotel, community allies and UNITE HERE Local 8 members from around the city marched outside the hotel on Oct. 25 in support of better wages, continued healthcare, job security and respect on the job. Plus, for the first time ever, supporters of the hotel’s workers […]


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