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Archive for: January, 2013

AGAIN with the fiscal cliff?! Working families oppose cuts

Yet another so-called “fiscal cliff” showdown looms in Washington, D.C. as the Tea Party-controlled Republicans continue their reckless, harmful crusade to stonewall any reasonable legislation to fix the economy. Congressional Republicans — including some from right here in Washington state — are again threatening to make dramatic job-killing “sequestration” cuts in all federal programs and […]

Happy Hour Benefit for UNFI strikers has been cancelled

UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2013) — This event has been CANCELLED. If it is rescheduled, we’ll let you know. (Jan. 27, 2013) — Since Dec. 10, more than 160 drivers and warehouse workers employed at United Natural Foods Inc. distribution center in Auburn have been on an unfair labor practice strike. These employees, represented by Teamsters […]

Bad time for strike, state GOP confab, hands off Medicare, Chali 2na…

Friday, January 25, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Strike would be costly for Boeing and SPEEA — Who knows the Boeing Co.’s 22,950 engineers and technical workers better: the company or union officials? That’s an essential question to be resolved when members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in […]

A united push for transportation investment

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2013) — The labor, business and environmental communities are working together to encourage Washington state lawmakers to develop and approve a funding package this legislative session that will “make a significant down payment on the $50 billion need” in our state’s transportation system. So wrote leaders from each of those constituencies in […]

Register now for WSLC Legislative Reception & Conference on March 6-7

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2013) — Just two weeks into the 2013 legislative session, the action is fast and furious in Olympia. Lots of proposed legislation affecting Washington’s working families has been introduced, including several anti-labor workers’ compensation bills in the Republican (Plus Two) controlled Senate. The Washington State Labor Council anticipates more Senate GOP+2 attacks […]

Dropping ranks, 787’s market discipline, Jaime’s hostage…

Thursday, January 24, 2013   UNION MEMBERSHIP   ► At Huffington Post — Union membership rate for U.S. workers tumbles to new low — Driven by widespread job losses in the public sector, the number of American workers belonging to a labor union has dropped to a record low of 11.3%, according to new data […]

Protect the safety net for injured workers!

OLYMPIA (Jan. 24, 2013) — On Wednesday, the labor committee in the Republican-controlled State Senate held hearings on several bills to cut workers’ compensation benefits and to hand more authority over injured workers to businesses. Although hundreds of workers showed up to oppose the measures — on short notice in just the second week of […]

High Skills, High Wages: Strategic plan for workforce development

The following was distributed by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board: OLYMPIA (Jan. 24, 2013) — In an effort to make it possible for all Washington residents to obtain living-wage careers through education and training, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board has released a new state strategic plan that outlines 12 key objectives […]

Union membership drops; Washington state still No. 4

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2013) — As federal, state and local governments continued to layoff public employees in 2012, the number of union members dropped by 400,000 to 14.4 million last year, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of union membership dropped to 11.3%, […]

SPEEA mulls, debt deal develops, healthy human rights…

Wednesday, January 23, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — SPEEA leaders defer vote on Boeing contract offer — Boeing engineers and technical workers will have to wait a little longer to weigh in on a contract offer from the company. That also means Boeing won’t know until mid-February whether workers will […]


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