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Archive for: November, 2012

The high price of Republican hostage-taking

The following article by Kelly Ross is cross-posted from AFL-CIO Now, with the author’s permission: Just a few days after the election, House Speaker John Boehner made clear that Republicans plan to hold the economy hostage once again to their ransom demands for the richest 2%. At a White House meeting on Nov. 16, President […]

Trade done right, Boeing calls feds, Hanford wage cuts, The Disappointed…

Friday, November 30, 2012   TRADE   ► At Huffington Post — What if we did trade right? (by SPEEA’s Stan Sorscher) –Trade done right would raise living standards America and India. It would improve air quality and public health in China and Indonesia, and would help workers in Colombia improve their lives without the threat […]

TPPxBorder Dec. 1, transition team, who needs fire exits…

Thursday, November 29, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Dec. 1 Peace Arch event to focus on trade partnership— A rally is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Peace Arch Park. The event is being organized by a variety […]

AFGE, supporters urge Congress to protect Social Security

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Local 3937 of the American Federation of Government Employees will lead actions at or near Social Security Administration (SSA) offices across Washington state to support Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The message will be: ► No benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, including cost-of-living adjustments; ► No more SSA office […]

Hytek workers win, Maverick Pro Tem, leave Afghanistan, Walmart’s excuse…

Wednesday, November 28, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Machinists win NLRB ruling as dispute with Hytek continues— The NLRB found that Hytek Finishes, of Kent, illegally withheld information that the union asked for during the bargaining process and made illegal unilateral changes to work conditions. Hytek President Clif Johnson said the […]

Seattle premiere of Shift Change on Dec. 6

SEATTLE — The Washington State Labor Council invites all to attend the Seattle premiere of Shift Change, a new documentary by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin that tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. The Seattle premiere […]

Benton, Boeing, ILWU, a cliff for Grover…

Tuesday, November 27, 2012   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Columbian — Benton declares victory; Stonier in lead — Despite the likely need for a recount, state Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) released a statement Monday night saying, “I am deeply honored to serve my constituents for another term.” After the latest count, Benton leads […]

Lame-duck cuts could hurt millions in Washington

SEATTLE (Nov. 27) — According to a new report released by the AFL-CIO, 1,089,887 Washington state residents could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security, including 159, 689 people with disabilities and 72,785 children. Of the 1,159,333 Washingtonians who get their health care coverage from Medicaid, 663,330 children and 87,797 seniors could […]

State pensions, IAM boosts Guide Dogs, Walmart, Warren…

Monday, November 26, 2012   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In The Olympian — Pension ruling could hobble state budget— A judge has ruled that the Legislature acted illegally last year when it eliminated an annual increase in benefits to retirees in two older state pension plans. “It’s definitely a big victory, and really says that […]

Call lame-duck Congress to oppose benefit cuts

UPDATE (Nov. 21) — Your calls to Congress are making a difference! But as lame-duck debt-reduction negotiations intensify, we also need to intensify our efforts to deliver the messages: “No benefit cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and no more tax breaks for the richest 2% of Americans!” Please download, post and circulate this […]


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