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Archive for: January, 2013

It’s time to deal with our underground economy

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31, 2013) — Today, legislators will hear about a proposal that would raise desperately needed state revenue — without raising taxes. It would also protect employers from being undercut by competitors who cheat and break the law. Plus, it would protect Washington workers from being illegally denied their rightfully earned wages and benefits. […]

ACT on workers’ comp, whack-a-benefit, austerity ain’t workin’…

Thursday, January 31, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — State Senate delays vote on workers’ compensation — The Senate passed its first bills of the session, but put off a vote on a set of controversial measures intended to save businesses money by changing workers’ compensation rules. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler […]

Stealing workers’ pay is illegal, shouldn’t be a partisan issue

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 31, 2013) — When you work, you get paid. That’s just common sense. Indeed, if you don’t get paid for your work, you are little better than an indentured servant. And we got rid of that practice, along with slavery, more than 100 years ago. Our laws are quite clear: workers […]

Boeing profits, corporate dodgers, immigration reform…

Wednesday, January 30, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s NY Times — Boeing earnings exceed estimates — The company says it does not expect the recent problems with the 787 to have a significant impact on its earnings in 2013. Boeing also reported that it had $13.5 billion in cash in hand at the […]

Lewis-McChord contractor SRI settles NLRB charges

The following is from International Association of Machinists Local W157 in Tacoma: SEATTLE (Jan. 30, 2013) — The National Labor Relations Board Region 19 has worked out a settlement agreement for the Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the International Association of Machinists against McLean, Va.-based Strategic Resources Inc. allowing the company to avoid a […]

UAW 4121 members OK deal with UW over student fees

The following is from UAW Local 4121: SEATTLE (Jan. 30, 2013) — Teaching and Research Assistants at the University of Washington have overwhelmingly voted to approve an agreement between the Union and the University over payment of two contested student fees.  Out of 1,655 votes cast 98% voted to approve. “It’s gratifying to have resolved […]

Buy Washington: Create jobs here, including building ferries

Following is an excerpt from today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s weekly Legislative Update newsletter. It is posted here in its entirety and also in PDF format.   Our tax dollars should create jobs right here… including building ferries   OLYMPIA (Jan. 29, 2013) — If our state government needed to buy a […]

Bend-over ‘bipartisanship’ in GOP+2 Senate

Following is an excerpt from today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s weekly Legislative Update newsletter. It is posted here in its entirety and also in PDF format.   GOP+2 fast-tracks workers’ comp benefit cuts, other anti-labor bills   OLYMPIA (Jan. 9, 2013) — Last week, we reported that the Senate Republican-Plus-Two era of […]

GOP+2 attacks, union difference, immigration reform…

Tuesday, January 29, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At PubliCola– Senate Republicans, now firmly in control, pass controversial workers’ comp bills — Over the angry objections of the Democratic minority who believe the Republicans are cutting workers’ benefits, the committee passed a series of workers’ compensation reform bills this afternoon that would lock in […]

Latest on 787, GOP introspection, ‘radical’ ruling…

Monday, January 28, 2013   BOEING   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — SPEEA: 787 problems could cost Boeing millions — Behind the scenes, airlines are getting into “arm-wrestling matches” with Boeing over compensation for delays of the delivery of 800 Dreamliners on order and the 49 that were already delivered but are grounded, […]


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