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Archive for: March, 2013

Why our workers’ compensation system WORKS

Following is today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter (PDF version): OLYMPIA (Mar. 29, 2013) — One of the first legislative priorities of the State Senate’s Republicans-Plus-Two Coalition was to pass bills that undermine Washington State’s safety net for middle-class families: our unique — and popular — workers’ compensation system. SBs 5112, 5127 and […]

Inslee on choices, McNerney on unions, The Stand on vacation…

Friday, March 29, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Inslee on budget: ‘I choose education over tax breaks’ — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget proposal Thursday, laying out plans to make some temporary taxes permanent and to end some tax exemptions to address both the state’s projected budget deficit […]

Patty Rose receives United Way 2013 community service award

By JUSTINE WINNIE The Stand SEATTLE (Mar. 29, 2013) — At last weekend’s AFL-CIO Western Regional Conference, Patty Rose was recognized for her years of dedicated community service as the recipient of the United Way’s 2013 Joseph A. Beirne Community Service Award. Rose serves President of the Pierce County Labor Community Services Agency, Secretary-Treasurer of […]

Bargaining resumes as IAM strike continues at Belshaw

AUBURN, Wash. (Mar. 28, 2013) — On March 24, the 62 employees of Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group represented by IAM Local 79 voted unanimously to strike their employer. Since that time, with the picket line standing strong, the union reports that management has agreed to return to the bargaining table. Negotiations were scheduled to resume […]

Governor Inslee’s budget ideas show ‘bold leadership’

OLYMPIA (Mar. 28, 2013) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council President, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2013-15 Budget Priorities for a Working Washington. “With the release of his budget priorities and proposed list of tax exemptions/loopholes that should be closed, Governor Jay […]

Inslee’s budget, USPS closures, sequester cuts, Trumka’s vision…

Thursday, March 28, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Inslee will seek to extend temporary taxes — Gov. Jay Inslee today will call for extending taxes set to expire this summer as part of his plan for balancing the next state budget and steering more than $1 billion of new […]

State lawmakers’ choices must build for long-term prosperity

By JOHN BURBANK (Mar. 28, 2013) — It’s fine to expect instant gratification when downloading an app to your smartphone or streaming a movie to your computer. But we can fairly expect our elected representatives to behave differently than the average consumer, by making choices that are less about short-run returns and more about building […]

Voting rights, Lindsay Lohan on PowerPoint, sequester regret…

Wednesday, March 27, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Is the voting rights bill dead? — The Washington Voting Rights Act would facilitate switching from at-large to district elections in areas where large minority groups are present. Republican Sen. Pam Roach, chairwoman of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, said it was not […]

Sign WSNA petitions supporting nurses in Tacoma, Bellingham

(Mar. 27, 2013) — Nurses at PeaceHealth St. Joseph in Bellingham and at Tacoma General Hospital are both struggling with hospital management to get fair, reasonable contracts. Their union, the Washington State Nurses Association, is trying to resolve issues at the bargaining table but after several months of unsuccessful bargaining at both hospitals, these nurses […]

Contribute to ‘Tools of the Trade’ SW WA labor history exhibit

VANCOUVER (Mar. 6, 2013) — The Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is working with the Clark County Historical Museum to bring labor’s history in Southwest Washington to light and to the public. The museum is developing an exhibition entitled “Tools of the Trade: A History of Labor in Southwest Washington,” and contributions are being […]


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