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Archive for: October, 2012

Boeing ♥’s Mexico, Political Times, ‘Go to work,’ The Jayhawks…

Friday, October 26, 2012   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing invited suppliers to outsource work to Mexico— Boeing is actively encouraging its suppliers to outsource work to Mexico. Patrick McKenna — no relation :) — director of Supply Chain Strategy and Supplier Management at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has urged suppliers to […]

Join the fight against human trafficking

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any form of labor against their will. Organized labor in Washington state is trying to raise awareness about human trafficking and about solutions for its prevention and eradication. To that end, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is co-sponsoring of […]

Boeing-SPEEA talks, ferry cancellations, ‘economic traitor’…

Thursday, October 25, 2012   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing rakes in cash as production soars — Boeing’s commercial-jet business continues to boom even as the global economy flags. Soaring production rates at the final-assembly plants in Renton and Everett are raking in cash, and on Wednesday the airplane-maker reported a […]

United Natural Foods workers in Auburn decry intimidation, failure to bargain

The following was distributed by Teamsters Local 117: AUBURN (Oct. 24) — Drivers and warehouse workers, employed at United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), commenced a Just Practicing picket at 11:30 a.m. this morning at UNFI’s distribution center in Auburn to protest the company’s intimidation tactics and its failure to bargain in good faith. “The success […]

Washington coalition seeks solutions to address wage theft

(Oct. 25, 2012) — The decline of economic security for American working families is not just due to recession-related joblessness. Many workers are also victims of what is now commonly known as “wage theft,” and a coalition of labor, human-rights and faith-based groups is organizing to raise awareness about the problem and the need for […]

Our proud democracy, Boeing profits, Gateway Pacific…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012   OUR PROUD DEMOCRACY   ► In today’s NY Times — Strident anti-Obama messages flood key states— To turn on the television, open the mail or drive down the highway in Florida is to watch conservatives test the boundaries of how far they can go to disqualify President Obama. A new […]

Americans don’t want ‘grand bargain’ that ignores voters

By RICHARD TRUMKA Americans are about to choose among candidates who are debating whether to cut benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and whether the richest Americans should pay their fair share of taxes. Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program and increase health care costs for seniors is […]

Inslee-McKenna tied, home health care, IAM in SC…

Tuesday, October 23, 2012   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From AP — Poll: Inslee, McKenna tied as ballots reach voters — Conducted last week — while ballots were going out to state households — the survey showed that Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna each had the support of 46% of likely voters. The […]

Labor Neighbor: Focus shifts from walks to phones

(Oct. 23) — More than 600 union members across Washington state took to the streets on Oct. 20 to visit fellow members and talk with them about union-endorsed candidates in the Labor Neighbor program’s final Super Walk of the 2012 election season. After that tremendous volunteer turnout, the focus now shifts to the phone banks […]

How Washington ballot measures affect state budget

The Washington State Budget and Policy Center has posted the following summary of ballot measures with a fiscal impact on the state. It is crossposted here with the authors’ permission. By ANDY NICHOLAS and MICHAEL MITCHELL Voters will make some important choices about Washington state’s economic future in the coming weeks as they consider a […]


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