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Archive for: April, 2013

Opposition silenced, PLU fights union, organizing millennials…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — As special session looms, many issues unresolved — Among the Republican-controlled Senate’s special session priorities: cutting workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers and repealing the state’s paid family leave law. ► At PubliCola — Isn’t it bizarre… — Washington State Labor Council Lobbyist […]

As Boeing looks beyond state, state must look beyond Boeing

By JOHN BURBANK (Apr. 30, 2013) — What rhymes with going, going, gone? How about Boeing, Boeing, bawn? That doesn’t make sense in English, but it sure hits the nail on the head with the once loyal, Washington-state born, bred and based Boeing Company. Every sign points toward Boeing’s departure from our state. I never […]

MayWorks 2013 Kickoff Concert on Saturday

SEATTLE — This Saturday, May 4, Washington YELL will present the MayWorks 2013 Kickoff Concert featuring hip-hop artists RA Scion (formerly of Common Market) and John Crown (with Jasper T. & the Homies), and R&B singer Camila Recchio. This must-see all-ages show will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Seattle Labor Temple, […]

May Day marches, May 13 special, austerity’s a drag, big apples…

Monday, April 29, 2013   MAY DAY   ► In today’s Seattle Times — May Day march set for rush hour — Against the backdrop of a sputtering economy, rising joblessness and growing intolerance toward illegal immigration comes this annual event: the massive May Day march that draws thousands downtown. Friday’s demonstration also comes amid […]

Join the labor contingent at May Day march

SEATTLE — Thousands of demonstrators, including a strong contingent of union members and their families, will take to the streets of Seattle on Wednesday, May 1 for the 13th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. Union members are urged to gather at 1 p.m. at Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., behind […]

End Death Traps, more Tom-foolery, USPS fix, ‘Get Lucky’…

Friday, April 26, 2013   END DEATH TRAPS!   ► In today’s Seattle Times — ‘End Death Traps’ tour puts face on Bangladesh garment industry — Five months ago, Sumi Abedin jumped out of a third-floor window at the garment factory where she worked. A fire was consuming the ground floor of Tazreen Fashions outside […]

LGBT groups urge Space Needle to settle contract

The following is from Allyship LGBTQ, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization seeking to work in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression. (Also see news coverage in The Seattle Times.) SEATTLE (April 26, 2013) — Ten LGBTQ organizations have banded together to urge the Space Needle Corp. to fly the […]

Nominees sought for 2013 Bruce Brennan apprenticeship award

(April 26, 2013) — Since 1999, the Washington State Labor Council’s Education, Training and Apprenticeship Committee (ETA) has honored the lifetime achievements of Bruce Brennan by giving an award in his name to the individual who has contributed the most to furthering the cause of apprenticeship, education and training in Washington State. The ETA Committee […]

Inslee’s a playa, outsourced testing, Congress can’t be bothered…

Thursday, April 25, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Huffington Post — Washington State may push workers into health exchanges, costing federal government millions — In a quest to save money, political leaders in Washington state are exploring a proposal that would shift some government workers out of their current health plans and into […]

WSLC’s Johnson: Renew focus on safety, accident prevention

Following are the remarks of Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, at Tuesday’s Workers Memorial Day event at the state Department of Labor & Industries building in Tumwater. See this week’s remaining Worker Memorial Day events. All throughout this week, in gatherings like this, people all over the country are coming […]


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