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Archive for: February, 2013

WSLC’s Jeff Johnson: Decision ends ‘tyranny of the minority’

(Feb. 28, 2013) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement today in response to the State Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling striking down the rule requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature to pass taxes saying it violates the state constitution. In the much anticipated Washington State Supreme […]

ILWU: Mitsui planned lockout in Vancouver

The following is from the International Longshore Workers Union: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Feb. 28, 2013) — The men and women of ILWU Local 4, who have been working to reach a fair agreement with their multinational grain terminal employers for several months, were locked out of their jobs in Vancouver, Wash., in the early morning of […]

Mitsui lockout, family leave support, SPEEA revote…

Thursday, February 28, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — United Grain accuses ILWU of sabotage, locks out workers — Mitsui’s United Grain Corp. locked out up to 44 union dockworkers at the Port of Vancouver on Wednesday, saying it did so in response to an investigation showing a union member sabotaged the […]

AFL-CIO calls on Congress to repeal sequester

ORLANDO (Feb. 28, 2013) — The AFL-CIO Executive Council on Wednesday called on Congress to repeal — not replace — the economically destructive budget cuts that Republicans in Congress are using as leverage to demand Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefit cuts. If the sequester is to be replaced, in whole or in part, the council […]

Unions back raises for Commission, all Port workers

The following comes from Working Washington, on behalf of a union coalition that includes the Teamsters, UFCW Local 21 and SEIU: SEATTLE (Feb. 28, 2013) — Unions representing workers at the Port of Seattle believe everyone who works at our port deserves a living wage. For that reason, we support increasing the pay of Port Commissioners […]

ILWU, TEMCO grain company ratify 5-year agreement

The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: (Feb. 28, 2013) — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 23, 21, 19, 8 and 4 and U.S.-based grain company TEMCO, LLC today jointly announced that they have respectively ratified a 5-year interim collective bargaining agreement covering three TEMCO grain export facilities in […]

Exporting ferry jobs, GOP’s sequester DUI, judging Voter ID…

Wednesday, February 27, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — State reconsidering build-in-state rule for ferries — Frustrated with the high cost of building state ferries, lawmakers may impose stricter control on contracts and possibly end a requirement to build vessels only in Washington. A bill drafted by Sen. Curtis King […]

Protect workers’ compensation safety net for middle class

By REPS. BOB HASEGAWA and MIKE SELLS Unless you’re self-employed, you’re probably covered by our state’s workers’ compensation program. It affects pretty much anyone who brings home a paycheck. Still, a serious injury on the job is something many of us never have to worry about. When we think of injured workers, we tend to […]

Laid-off Hostess workers certified by DOL for TAA benefits

When Hostess Brands shut down and closed its bakeries in November 2012, approximately 18,000 workers in 48 states lost their jobs, including about 250 here in Washington state. Although right-wing pundits were quick to try to blame the unions for the iconic company’s demise, it didn’t take long for the true story come out: that the […]

Social Security is NOT bankrupt (video of Tacoma forum)

“Social Security: Preserve It, Strengthen It, Pass It On,” a forum sponsored by Social Security Works – Washington and others, was held Feb. 20, 2013, at UW-Tacoma’s Philip Hall. In case you missed special guest speakers Dean Baker of the Center for Economic & Policy Research and Dr. Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute […]


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