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Archive for: July, 2013

WSLC Convention, Palermo’s settlement, Whole Foods…

Wednesday, July 31, 2013   LOCAL   ► In the NW Labor Press — Washington State Labor Council convention: ‘Labor can’t do it alone’ — Labor can’t do it alone. That was the number one message of the July 25-27 convention of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), which stressed “building bridges” to like-minded groups […]

U.S. Senate finally confirms NLRB members

(July 31, 2013) — On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm a full package of nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. The vote happened after Republican senators agreed to end their obstruction of any nomination made by President Obama. Republicans agreed to vote on two new NLRB nominations — Nancy Schiffer and Kent […]

‘Delusional’ Gov. Walker will bring anti-union tour to Seattle

SEATTLE (July 31, 2013) — The Washington Policy Center, a corporate-funded conservative think tank with close ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has invited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to its 2013 annual fundraising dinner in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 5. Alongside state Rep. Jan Angel (R-Bremerton), WPC President Daniel Mead Smith is Washington state […]

All of us must push for middle-class agenda

By MARILYN WATKINS (July 30, 2013) — President Obama and Nancy Pelosi have shifted the economic debate in our nation’s capital back onto the right track with a renewed focus on working women and the middle class. The 30-year experiment with supply side economics – including deregulation, cutting taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, and […]

Shameless GOP+2, functional NLRB, immigration reform…

Tuesday, July 30, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At the P.S. Business Journal — Seattle traffic 8th worst in U.S., says Inrix — Seattle’s traffic congestion is the eighth-worst in the U.S. and in June, grew far more than the national average grew, according to a new study. EDITOR’S NOTE — The right-wing anti-tax […]

Union-made in America back-to-school supplies

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (July 30, 2013) — First, our apologies to any students in the middle of their summer reverie who stumble across this blog. But like Christmas ads, back-to-school messages start earlier and earlier. Here’s ours, courtesy of the Union Label and Services Trades Department (UL&STD) and Labor 411, from the Los […]

Friday, July 26 WSLC Convention coverage

(10:50 a.m.) — The convention is about to break up into smaller groups for AFL-CIO Listening Sessions about the future of the labor movement. Delegates’ input will be critical this September, when the AFL-CIO — the union federation uniting more than 12 million working men and women — will convene in Los Angeles to make […]

Boeing shifts jobs, Tim Eyman Bridge, ‘Life’s Been Good’…

Friday, July 26, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing moving more engineering work to California — Management told employees Thursday that aftermarket engineering work on modifying jets for current customers and converting aging passenger jets to freighters will move from Bellevue and Everett to Long Beach, Calif. About 375 engineers […]

Celebrate Medicare’s birthday Saturday in downtown Seattle

Advocates for strengthening and securing Medicare will celebrate Medicare’s birthday on Saturday, July 27, starting at 3 p.m. at the Seattle Center South Fountain Lawn. Participants will walk through downtown Seattle to Victor Steinbruek Park handing out information on the importance of Medicare and the threats it faces. (See the event flier.) Since this is […]

Thursday, July 25 WSLC Convention coverage

VANCOUVER (July 25, 2013) — Following is the live blogging from Thursday’s session of the 2013 Washington State Labor Council convention. (Noon — July 25, 2013) — Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO Trade and Globalization Specialist, shared some disturbing information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. She said this “trade agreement” — which actually has more to do […]


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