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Archive for: March, 2013

Ruining workers’ comp, more Boeing cuts, Doc’s sequestration…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Spokesman-Review — Don’t ruin the state’s workers’ compensation system (by Michael J. Walker) — As a practicing workers’ compensation attorney in Spokane for more than 23 years, I have witnessed firsthand the repeated legislative attempts to eviscerate the promise we made to our workers […]

Sea-Tac worker unrest continues as employees announce union

The following is from Working Washington: (March 26, 2013) — Sea-Tac Airport workers will announce today that more than 1,000 poverty-wage cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants, and skycaps have formed unions for good jobs and living wages. Almost all of these workers are paid less than $10 an hour by the multi-million-dollar airport contractors […]

IAM members vote to strike Belshaw Adamatic in Auburn

The following is from the International Association of Machinists Local 79: AUBURN, Wash. — On Sunday, March 24, 62 members of IAM Local 79 voted unanimously to strike their employer, Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group. The union members graciously offered a Regence medical plan that has a cost-saving difference of $20,000-plus a month (yes, that is […]

Washington State says: Save 6-day delivery at Postal Service

SEATTLE (Mar. 26, 2013) — Here is video coverage from Seattle of Sunday’s day of action by the The National Association of Letter Carriers to mobilize public support to retain Saturday delivery service. It is produced by Kathy Cummings, Communications Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: Meanwhile, in Spokane…   Following is national […]

Boeing layoffs, Nippon strike ends, blame labor, Seattle’s boom…

Monday, March 25, 2013   BOEING   ► In Saturday’s Seattle Times — Boeing plans to lay off 800 Machinists — Boeing said Friday it will lay off some 800 machinists by the end of this year as workforce needs on its newest jet programs, the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 jumbo jet, are reduced. Company […]

AFL-CIO: Building a movement for shared prosperity

  AFL-CIO Western Conference in Seattle confronts labor’s challenges By JUSTINE WINNIE The Stand SEATTLE (Mar. 25, 2013) — Over the weekend, labor and community leaders from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah gathered here for the largest AFL-CIO Western Regional Conference ever held, with 180 […]

ILWU: Grain talks break down on 1st day back to bargaining table

The following is from International Longshore and Warehouse Union:   Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90% PORTLAND, Ore. (Mar. 25, 2013) — Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 […]

ILWU grain talks, Nippon seeks scabs, furloughs delayed, Sulley’s last laugh…

Friday, March 22, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Union: Grain companies agree to resume talks — Union dockworkers, locked out for more than three weeks in a contract dispute with United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, say the company and two other operators of Northwest grain-export terminals have agreed […]

Seattle, Spokane, nation rally to Save 6-day Delivery

  UPDATE (Mar. 25) — The National Association of Letter Carriers held a day of action on Sunday, March 24, to mobilize public support to retain Saturday delivery service. “Our fight is about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” said NALC President Fredric […]

Legislative Update: Lower prevailing wages not ‘savings’

Following is today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter (PDF version): Efforts to undermine prevailing wage standards harm middle-class families  OLYMPIA (Mar. 21, 2013) — Do you recall any state legislators running for election last fall by promising to lower your wages? We don’t. And yet, the 2013 state legislative session has brought a […]


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