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Archive for: May, 2013

Supersize my salary, leave workers’ comp alone, Tricky birthday…

Friday, May 31, 2013   FAST-FOOD STRIKES   ► At Slog — “Supersize my salary now!” — That was the rallying cry as around 200 demonstrators, several of them fast-food workers who’d walked off the job for the day, marched from Denny Park to McDonald’s at Seattle Center, stopping by a Subway and a Taco […]

Campaigns begin for fast-food employees, all Tacoma workers

By JEFF JOHNSON (May 31, 2013) — Hey hey, ho ho, these low wages, have got to go! Forget the burger, forget the fries, it’s time our wages were supersized! Over the past 24 hours, chants like these rang out all over Seattle and King County as hundreds of young fast-food workers went out on […]

Senate is choosing millionaires over students

By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (May 31, 2013) — The government faces an imminent deadline to approve legislation that isn’t particularly controversial, but one political party has seized that deadline as leverage to try to force a controversial change in public policy that otherwise wouldn’t stand a chance of passage. It’s a political Game […]

PeaceHealth protest, Healthy Tacoma, state’s estate tax targeted…

Thursday, May 30, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Bellingham nurses stage protest at PeaceHealth’s Vancouver HQ — Hospital nurses locked in a labor dispute with PeaceHealth in Bellingham brought their concerns to the company’s Vancouver headquarters Wednesday, protesting management cost-cutting proposals they say will hurt nurses and the patients they serve. […]

Rolling fast-food strikes hit Seattle as workers seek fair pay

UPDATE (10 a.m., May 30) — @WorkingWA Twitter feed: Two Subway locations, including in Capitol Hill, forced to close due to strike. #strikepoverty (9 a.m.)  — The Stranger reports: Lake City Burger King has been shut down by the strike. SEATTLE (May 30, 2013) — It’s hardly business as usual at the city’s fast food […]

No high-tech worker shortage, firms just want lower wages

By RICHARD TRUMKA (May 30, 2013) — Policy proposals from multinational corporations often come with slick, poll-tested rhetoric. It is always worth digging deeper. And the more you dig into the idea that we need to hugely expand the number of employer-based temporary worker visas for tech companies, the more you uncover the truth: This […]

Our ‘fracture critical’ economy, Quincy rules, Apple’s gross…

Wednesday, May 29, 2013   EVERGREEN STRIKE   ► In today’s Olympian — Student services workers at Evergreen go on strike — Student services employees at The Evergreen State College in Olympia went on strike Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement with administrators regarding firing procedures and pay. The 57 Evergreen employees, which include […]

WFSE strike at Evergreen shuts down college

OLYMPIA (May 29, 2013) — Some 300 picketers from the Washington Federation of State Employees, other unions, students and allies joined in solidarity on the strike lines Tuesday with members of the Student Support Services Staff Union at The Evergreen State College. The strike started shortly after 5 a.m. after six days of mediation failed […]

Vintage Kenney: The late labor leader takes on establishment

SEATTLE (May 29, 2013) — A public memorial service will be held for Larry Kenney, former President of the Washington State Labor Council, at 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 1 at the Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., in Seattle. He passed away on May 14 after a lengthy illness. In reviewing his distinguished career […]

Fallen bridge fallout, workers’ comp cuts, NLRB, IBT eyes AA…

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   INFRASTRUCTURE   ► From AP — Bridge collapse a major break in trade corridor — For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington’s bridge collapse on I-5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels […]


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