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Archive for: December, 2012

Urge Congress: Oppose ‘compromise’ cuts!

(Dec. 19, 2012) — President Obama has proposed to House Speaker John Boehner  a “compromise” that lowers Social Security benefits over 10 years by 3% and over 20 years by 6%. This reduction in benefits is directed at a population whose medium income for those 65 and older is less than $20,000 per year. The […]

Don’t cut social program benefits as part of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

This column originally appeared in the (Centralia) Chronicle. By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 17, 2012) — One out of four of Lewis County’s 76,000 residents collect Social Security benefits, infusing over $240 million a year into the local economy. One out of five residents receive Medicare benefits. One out of six residents live in poverty and […]

Rally Wednesday, Dec. 19 to support UNFI workers

Support United Natural Foods, Inc. workers who have been unlawfully permanently replaced by their employer! Join them for a Labor Rally on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. at Whole Foods, Roosevelt Square, 1026 N.E. 64th St. in Seattle. Download the event flier for more information. “UNFI has crossed the line by permanently replacing union […]

SeaTac complaints, Senate R+2 update, ‘it’s a cliff,’ Big Mack…

Friday, December 14, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Teamsters back on strike in Auburn against United Natural Foods — Warehouse workers and drivers went back on strike in Auburn against United Natural Foods Thursday night after company officials told union members that 72 of 163 striking workers would be permanently […]

United Natural Foods strike in Auburn resumes

The following was distributed late Thursday by Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Dec. 13, 2012) — United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced today that it would permanently replace 72 warehouse workers who were prepared to return to work after a three-day strike.  UNFI had accepted the workers’ good-faith unconditional offer to return to work, but subsequently […]

Petition urges Boeing to extend benefits to LGBT employees

Following is an open letter from Kenneth Aphibal, a Boeing engineer and member of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE 2001: I’m an engineer at Boeing where I’ve worked for more than five years. I was overjoyed when my home state of Washington voted to approve marriage equality — but then Boeing […]

Gateway Pacific, more on Michigan, labor’s future…

Thursday, December 13, 2012   GATEWAY PACIFIC   ► In today’s Columbian — Coal hearing draws hundreds at Clark College — About 700 people crammed into two hearing rooms at Clark College, waiting for their turn to testify on the $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal planned for Cherry Point in Whatcom County. (Also see coverage […]

Nobody’s ‘crying out’ for this self-serving Senate Tom-foolery

By DAVID GROVES (Dec. 13, 2012) — “Governing from the middle, governing from the center, that’s what the citizens in this state expect,” said erstwhile Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom on Monday, announcing the new “Majority Coalition Caucus” that he and Sen. Tim Sheldon just crossed party lines to form with the 23 Senate Republicans. “This […]

United Natural Foods strike ends; contract talks scheduled

The following was distributed late Wednesday by Teamsters Local 117: AUBURN (Dec. 12, 2012) — At approximately 3:30 p.m. today, 163 warehouse workers and drivers on strike at United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) made an unconditional, good-faith offer to return to work.  The workers collectively made the decision after a 2 p.m. meeting at the […]

What next in Michigan, United Natural Scabs, Tom Tim Club…

12-12-12   RIGHT-TO-WORK (FOR LESS)   ► In today’s Washington Post — Over protesters’ angry chants, Michigan lawmakers give final approval to right-to-work — Republican lawmakers have dealt a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a place that has been a bastion of the movement for generations. ► At Huffington Post — Gov. […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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