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Archive for: May, 2013

Bridge collapse ‘sober reminder’ of our crumbling infrastructure

The following is cross-posted from AFL-CIO Now: The collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington State on May 23 “is a sober reminder” to state lawmakers of the need for a transportation revenue package, says Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson. The bridge, about 60 miles north of Seattle, […]

Tacoma Paid Sick Days campaign kicks off

TACOMA — Right now, two out of every five workers in Tacoma lack the ability to take time off work to care for their own or their families’ health needs or to get a protection order if they are in a domestic violence situation. They either go to work sick or lose pay — jeopardizing […]

Auburn’s rejection of cost-cutting proposals harms city taxpayers

By TRACEY A. THOMPSON (May 28, 2013) — The City of Auburn doesn’t know a good thing when it sees it. Like other municipalities across our region, the City is strapped for cash. But when its own employees make proposals in bargaining that would save the taxpayers money, the City balks. What gives? Earlier this […]

Darth McNerney, immigration and NLRB updates, we Heart ‘Stairway’…

Thursday, May 23, 2013   AEROSPACE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — McNerney: Boeing will squeeze suppliers and cut jobs — Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney, acknowledging that “I’m sounding like Darth Vader here,” touted plans Wednesday to reduce costs by squeezing suppliers hard and cutting jobs across the company. He praising how Dennis […]

Tell Space Needle: Fly Pride Flag, settle fair contract

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8, which is urging all union members, community supporters and LGBTQ individuals to sign this petition to Space Needle management urging that they fly the Pride Flag and settle a fair contract with their workers. (May 23, 2013) — Seattle is known as a progressive, culturally rich Northwest […]

WSLC 2013 Convention will be July 25-27 in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (May 23, 2013) — The 2013 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, will be Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27 at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. The WSLC’s more than 500 affiliated labor organizations, representing some 400,000 rank-and-file members across the state, have already received their […]

House offers a path forward, Senate offers more tax loopholes

By JOHN BURBANK (May 22, 2013) –It’s the job of the Legislature to make sure our kids get a good education, open the doors to higher education, keep us safe at home and on our roads, and to maintain parks for our recreation, enjoyment, and quality of life. It takes money to do this. So […]

Inslee turns up the heat, H-1B deal ripped, austerity still rules…

Wednesday, May 22, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Columbian — Inslee turns up the heat (editorial) — After the Legislature failed to complete its work earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee dispatched several signals indicating he would participate more aggressively in the special session. On Monday, he did precisely that, vetoing $81 […]

Ironworkers’ apprentices craft 9/11 monument

The following is from Bates Technical College (click photos to enlarge them): TACOMA (May 22, 2013) — Apprentices from Ironworkers Local 86, located at Bates Technical College, have incorporated something historic into their education. They have carefully created an upright monument out of two twisted steel beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center […]

Keeping WA moving, Hanford charges, labor vs. Obamacare, Unfit for Work…

Tuesday, May 21, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Party lines blur at transportation rally — At least three Republican state lawmakers rallied Monday on the Capitol steps with backers of a gas tax and fee increase that would pay for roads, ferries, mass transit and other transportation improvements. Democrats […]


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