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Archive for: April, 2013

Your shrinking state, federal governments

Following is today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter (PDF version). OLYMPIA (April 24, 2013) — Amid the debate over economy-stifling job-killing government austerity, one myth continues to ring loudly among the American public: that despite all the budget cuts, government is still growing. It’s not just right-wing politicians and think […]

Worker Memorial Day, Boeing profits, budget cuts hurt…

Wednesday, April 23, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Olympian — Hundreds attend Worker Memorial Day service — Joe Bartkowski died doing something he loved: driving a big rig. Gov. Jay Inslee shared Bartkowski’s story during Tuesday’s Worker Memorial Day service at the state Department of Labor & Industries. Inslee described him as a […]

ANOTHER Bangladesh death trap; protest TODAY in Renton

Wednesday, April 24, 2013   END DEATH TRAPS!   ► In today’s Washington Post — Building housing garment factories collapses in Bangladesh, killing at least 87, trapping more — An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 87 people and trapping many more under a jumbled mess […]

Senate targets health coverage for part-timers

OLYMPIA (April 24, 2013) — State Senate Bill 5905, introduced on April 10 by Sens. Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and Jim Hargrove (D-Hoquiam), would essentially eliminate state health coverage for part-time state employees and force them into the Washington Health Benefits Exchange being developed under the federal Affordable Care Act.  SB 5905, which is strongly opposed […]

Urge our U.S. Representatives to oppose ‘chained CPI’ cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2013) — This week, more than 80 House Democrats introduced a resolution that rejects President Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits by using a “chained CPI” to calculate cost-of-living increases. H.Con.Res. 34, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), says it is the sense of Congress that “the Chained Consumer Price […]

Internet revenue, Vancouver project, ‘safe’ death traps…

Tuesday, April 23, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Transportation tax package clears first hurdle — Democrats steered an $8.4 billion transportation package out of the House Transportation Committee on Monday. The proposal relies mostly on higher car tab fees and a 10-cent gas tax hike to pay for roads, […]

Building trades ‘barn raising’ in Pasco feeds the hungry

PASCO (April 23, 2013) — In February 2012, the Central Washington Building and Construction Trades Council (CWBCTC) was approached by Second Harvest, a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The non-profit organization, which provides 1.7 million pounds of donated food each month to help feed hungry […]

Budget guesswork, Working all of America, face of minimum wage…

Monday, April 22, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the News Tribune — State Senate budget raises eyebrows but not taxes — State lawmakers are going down to the wire to negotiate a budget deal, but they haven’t even agreed on whether the numbers they’re using are real or imaginary. Some 12% of the […]

Tacoma ♥’s Our Nurses: Share your stories at new website

TACOMA (April 22, 2013) — Tacoma hospital patients and their families know their care depends on the compassion and professionalism of their nurses at St. Joseph and Tacoma General. That’s why the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) and community members are launching Tacoma Loves Our Nurses, a local blog and a Facebook page, where patients can share their stories and […]

End death traps: Hear Sumi’s story about Bangladesh factories

By TOM GEIGER Special to The Stand Will you come out to meet Sumi? She has quite a story to tell. About jumping from a burning building. Not so much to save her own life, but so her parents would be able to find her dead body instead of it being charred beyond recognition inside […]


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