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Archive for: February, 2013

Hytek provoking strike, Oregon steps up, pundits’ false equivalence…

Tuesday, February 26, 2013   AEROSPACE   ► At In These Times — Boeing supply chain workers vote to strike — The contract would be Hytek workers’ first with management; they voted to unionize under the Machinists District 751 in October 2011. The union says that negotiations have centered on healthcare coverage, wages and working […]

Machinists at Hytek in Kent reject contract, authorize strike

The following is from the International Association of Machinists District 751: KENT (Feb. 26, 2013) — A key Boeing Co. supplier now faces the prospect of a strike. Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working for Hytek Finishes voted Saturday to reject a four-year contract offer and to authorize a strike. More than two-thirds […]

Sad irony of hospitals slashing employees’ health benefits

By BRENDAN WILLIAMS A battle over health care is playing out in Olympia, but not in the Legislative Building. It’s a true sign of a sick health care system when even health care workers struggle for affordable health care coverage. Workers at Thurston County’s two hospitals — nonprofit Providence St. Peter, the county’s largest private […]

Sen. Rodney Tom’s pension-killing bill ‘a gratuitous attack’

The following is from Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2013) — A bill that would end the current pension system for state employees under age 45 and force them into a costly 401(k)-type of plan is costly, risky — and mean. SB 5856, sponsored by Sen. Rodney Tom of […]

Legislative Update: Labor’s five transportation principles

Following is today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter (download PDF version): OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2013) — Last week, Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Is.), chair of the House Transportation Committee, unveiled the opening salvo in the debate over how to begin upgrading Washington’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. The $10 billion package is […]

Family leave support, SPEEA talks to resume, minimum wage…

Monday, February 25, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In Sunday’s Everett Herald — Boosting the middle class (editorial) — The value of a new Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) plan for Washington is that it’s (mostly) self-financing and won’t burden small businesses, the engine of the Northwest’s recovery. The plan augments the family-leave […]

Get ready for an even bigger, better MayWorks celebration

By CONOR M. CASEY Special to The Stand SEATTLE (Feb. 25, 2013) — MayWorks, an annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history first organized in 2012 by Washington’s labor movement, is organizing an even larger series of events for May 2013. Washington Works, inspired by MayWorks, will be the central cultural focus at the […]

How sequestration will affect Washington

The following information is provided by the White House. (For a printable version that also includes the nationwide impacts, download this PDF): Impact of March 1st Cuts on Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security: Washington State (Feb. 25, 2013) — Unless Congress acts by this FridaY, March 1, a series of automatic cuts — […]

Community calls on Providence to stop healthcare cuts

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: OLYMPIA (Feb. 25, 2013) — In a packed meeting room at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday morning, a diverse group of community leaders resolved to take action to stop Providence’s cuts to employee healthcare. Speaking to an audience of more than 50 Providence employees, local business owners, […]

Gutting workers’ comp, furloughs, immigration, sun going down…

Friday, February 22, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Workers’ comp reforms are working — don’t gut them (by Steve Kearns) — I worked for Boeing as a machinist for 27 years — 27 years of using an impact wrench that led to severe carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger issues. […]

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