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Archive for: November, 2012

Urge Cantwell to sign Franken’s TPP letter

(Nov. 19) — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is urging his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to sign a letter to President Obama that urges provisions be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to discourage the continued outsourcing of American jobs. The letter says, (The TPP) “should be crafted to maximize good job creation and […]

Commemorate WTO, join fight for fair TPP on Nov. 30, Dec. 1

By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 15, 2012) — Tired of trade agreements that serve only multinational corporations and not workers and local businesses?  Tired of trade agreements that perpetuate a worldwide race to the bottom in salaries and working conditions?  Tired of trade agreements that protect billionaires but not labor rights or other human rights, or […]

Walmart protest, 3rd line for 737 MAX, Muppets’ Rhapsody…

Friday, November 16, 2012   WALMART STRIKES   ► In the Federal Way Mirror — Walmart workers protest ahead of Black Friday — Several longtime employees of the Federal Way Walmart store voiced their frustrations to the crowd. Aside from poorly resolved conflicts with store management, employee Sara Gilbert said her fellow co-workers face problems […]

Blame failed Bain-style management at Hostess

UPDATE (Nov. 16) — Also at AFL-CIO Now — Trumka: Bain-style tactics by Hostess are ‘wrecking America’ — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor. Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess […]

Walmart strikes, Boeing-SPEEA, ‘change agents’…

Thursday, November 15, 2012   WALMART STRIKES   ► In today’s News Tribune — Walmart workers in Federal Way to protest work conditions — Walmart workers say they’re planning a protest today at a Federal Way Walmart — the first ever in the Puget Sound area — to make public their complaints about scheduling, safety, […]

On Black Friday, support striking Walmart workers

UPDATE — Here are the Black Friday (Nov. 23) locations in Western Washington where union members and community supporters are urged to show support for striking Walmart workers: Mount Vernon Supercenter, 10:30 a.m. to noon (2301 Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon 98273). To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Elena Perez  at 206.359.1885 or […]

Ed Murray wins, Obama gets tough, The Confederacy of Takers…

Wednesday, November 14, 2012   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Columbian — Benton, Stonier ahead in tight legislative races — Incumbent Don Benton once again pulled ahead of his Democratic rival, Tim Probst, in the too-close-to-call 17th District Senate race. Benton leads by 65 votes with more than 6,400 ballots from across the Clark […]

Union: Hostess bakery closures are NOT due to strike

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM): (Nov. 14) — In a desperate attempt to break the solidarity and resolve of striking BCTGM members across the country, Hostess Brands is falsely claiming that its decision to close three of its bakeries — Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati — is […]

Expanding Medicaid in our state will save money, lives

By LINDA McCARTHY Last June, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act gave states the option of deciding whether or not to move forward with full Medicaid expansion to ensure coverage for their lowest income residents. Our state legislature will make that decision during the upcoming legislative session. I’ve heard a lot of […]

Senate king-makers, Hostess bakery closures, what’s next for labor…

Tuesday, November 13, 2012   STATE ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Charter schools narrowly win approval — By a slim margin, voters have approved I-1240, which will allow up to 40 charter schools to open in Washington over the next five years. Opponents have not conceded. To prevail, they would need about […]


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