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Fiscal cliff or slope? Plenty of money, just not enough jobs

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 12, 2012) — The week after Thanksgiving I was in Washington, D.C. lobbying our Congressional delegation on the so-called fiscal cliff. The atmosphere was frenzied. Mainstream media has so fanned the flames of confusion that one would think that if an agreement is not reached by Congress and the President by […]

Right-to-work (for less), GOP Senate takeover, Boeing strike prep…

Tuesday, December 11, 2012   RIGHT-TO-WORK (FOR LESS)   ► From CBS Detroit — Lawmakers to make ‘historic’ vote on right-to-work legislation — Thousands of people will be at the Michigan state capital on Tuesday morning for what could be a historic day. The lame-duck Republican-controlled legislature is poised to take final action on right-to-work […]

United Natural Foods Inc. workers in Auburn strike

UPDATE (Dec. 12, 2012) — As management threatens to hire scab replacements for United Natural Foods strikers in Auburn, please sign the petition in support of the workers. The following was distributed Monday night by Teamsters Local 117: AUBURN (Dec. 10, 2012) — Workers at the United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) distribution center in Auburn […]

Voters’ values will supersede power politics in State Senate

(Dec. 11, 2012) — On Monday, 23 Washington State Republican Senators along with erstwhile Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon formed a majority caucus in the Senate that will decide policy and budgetary issues in what they call a “collaborative and equitable” manner. Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) said people were “crying out” for […]

Symphony and port strikes end, recount results, unionizing low-pay workers…

Wednesday, December 5, 2012   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Symphony musicians end strike, OK two-year pact — After a weekend of intense bargaining, the musicians voted Monday night to approve a two-year contract that includes an 11 percent pay cut and three weeks of personal leave. The pay cut comes in the […]

Human rights events held in Everett, SeaTac, Seattle

UPDATE (Dec. 11, 2012) — More than 60 people attended Monday night’s candlelight vigil in downtown Seattle on International Human Rights Day to urge Washington’s congressional delegation to say “no” to any cuts in benefits to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and to end tax cuts to the richest 2%. The event — organized by […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ a construct for election losers to have their way

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 5, 2012) — Every day we hear about the “fiscal cliff.” But don’t be scared, because in reality it’s a fiction of rhetoric, foisted on the American people by Wall Street and inside-the-beltway politicians, especially those who just took a drubbing in November’s elections. The crowd of Wall Street elites and […]

WSLC sends message to lame-duck Congress

(Dec. 5) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization representing the interests of some 400,000 rank-and-file union members, continues to urge Washington’s Congressional delegation to oppose benefits cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that would harm millions in Washington and to end Bush-era tax cuts to the richest 2% […]

Mark your 2013 calendars for WSLC’s major events

Mark your 2013 calendars now for the major events of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The 2013 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE will be Thursday, March 7 at the Olympia Red Lion Hotel. It will feature legislative leaders giving updates on the status of labor-related bills and, as always, a reception will be held at the hotel […]

C’mon Boeing, boosted booze, Walmart subsidies, ‘Tax the Rich’…

Tuesday, December 4, 2012   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Federal mediators to assist Boeing, SPEEA in contract talks — Boeing and its engineering union will resume bargaining Tuesday at a hotel in Seattle, with two federal mediators on hand to offer guidance. ► From Reuters — SPEEA trying to halt calls […]

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