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Archive for: June, 2013

State shutdown averted, GOP vs. commerce, ‘Let’s Stay Together’…

Friday, June 28, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — With budget deal in hand, lawmakers expected to vote Friday — Budget negotiators in the House and Senate reached a handshake agreement on an operating budget Thursday morning, and Gov. Jay Inslee said the pending deal can avert the shutdown of many […]

‘Human Chain Against Chained CPI’ in Olympia on Tuesday

Social Security advocates, senior activists, community and faith allies will form a “Human Chain Against the Chained CPI” in front of congressional offices, federal buildings and other locations in more than three dozen cities on Tuesday, July 2 — including in Olympia. The Alliance for Retired Americans’ national day of action is designed to showcase […]

‘Big step closer’ to true immigration reform

The following is cross-posted from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2013) — The U.S. Senate voted 68–32 — with 14 Republicans joining all 54 Democrats — on Thursday to approve immigration reform legislation that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says will move the nation “a big step closer” to building a commonsense immigration system that […]

Sign petition urging respect for Macy’s Silverdale employees

SILVERDALE (June 27, 2013) — The employees at the Kitsap Mall Macy’s here have come together to form a union and join more than 1,600 Macy’s Northwest employees as members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. But rather than respecting their right to form a union, the union says Macy’s management has illegally threatened […]

Budget bickering, House fails on transportation, our wage crisis…

Thursday, June 27, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Budget deal near as small issues remain — A request by Boeing and Senate Republicans for additional research into fish-consumption risks and a dispute over public disclosure for tax-break recipients were among the several smaller issues holding up the Legislature’s quest to […]

D.C.-style dysfunction has state at fiscal cliff

OLYMPIA (June 27, 2013) — “Governing from the middle, governing from the center, that’s what the citizens in this state expect,” erstwhile Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom said last December, announcing the new “Majority Coalition Caucus” that he and Sen. Tim Sheldon had just crossed party lines to form with the 23 Senate Republicans. What citizens […]

Will Parry memorial celebration is this Saturday in Seattle

A memorial celebration for Will Parry, President Emeritus of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Hall 1 of the Seattle Labor Temple. The celebration will continue that night when Jon Parry and Friends play a concert in honor of his father […]

Budget or else, Belshaw strike, food stamp cuts, ‘Crazy’ solo…

Friday, June 21, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Layoffs, closed parks, no lottery without budget deal — The governor’s office offered a preview of what might occur if legislators fail to reach budget agreement and a partial government shutdown ensues. State parks will close, the lottery will halt, and […]

Lowry, Martin, Tieken appointed to WSLC Executive Board

SEATTLE (June 21, 2013) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO welcomed three new Vice Presidents at its most recent Executive Board meeting: Mark Lowry of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 843 in Bellingham, Herbie Martin of Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 in Seattle, and James Tieken of County and City Employees Local 270 […]

Buyout bust, Airbus may SayWA, Chamber entitled…

Thursday, June 20, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At PubliCola — Workers’ comp reality check — Today’s Loser: The Republican Argument for Workers’ Comp Reform. The selling point behind (lump-sum buyouts) is that it’s supposed to lower payouts, stabilizing the state fund. Never mind, that the fund has started to stabilize now that the […]


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