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Kreidler, health insurers reach deal; Exchange options expand

UPDATE (Sept. 4, 2013) — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has reached a settlement with Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc. and approved its two plans for sale in Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder. Consumers in Washington will now have 43 choices in the Exchange when open enrollment begins Oct. 1. Molina’s two plans will […]

Fast-food strikes, Bradken frustration, Obama at AFL-CIO, your record’s on…

Friday, August 30, 2013   FAST-FOOD STRIKES   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Fast-food workers take to streets for $15/hour pay — Seattle fast-food workers and union activists chanted slogans, picketed and sought to cajole co-workers into walking off their restaurant jobs Thursday to demand a $15 minimum wage. Organizers said hundreds of people […]

Bring the family to local Labor Day events

Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this country and make it run every day. But today most of America’s workers are working longer hours, taking on multiple jobs, and producing more goods and services. Yet wages have not kept up. To […]

Support Pacific Propeller workers in Kent at Sept. 3 picket

KENT (Aug. 30, 2013) — Machinist Union (IAM) Local 289, District 160, has been in negotiations since January with management at Pacific Propeller, LLC. The company is proposing to force IAM members out of their pensions, to move them to a lesser medical plan, to limit an arbitration award, and unacceptable wage increases, among other […]

Attend transportation forums to support funding package

OLYMPIA (Aug. 30, 2013) — For all 153 days of the 2013 state legislative session, the Senate Republican Coalition Caucus ignored pressure from the House, from Gov. Jay Inslee and from pro-transportation forces representing the labor, business and environmental communities to negotiate a state transportation funding proposal. Senate leaders refused to vote on the House-approved […]

WWJD at PeaceHealth, Scott Walker blackout, executive excess…

Thursday, August 29, 2013   TODAY’S MUST-READ #1   ► In today’s Oregonian — That healing touch at PeaceHealth (by Steve Duin) — “I recognize,” writes PeaceHealth President Alan Yordy (who made $1.272 million last year, an increase of $237,000 over the previous year), “that (looming layoffs) will be very painful and difficult for all […]

Fast-food strike: Seattle, Tacoma, spreading…

UPDATE (Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m.) — More strike locations! Now – TACOMA: Arby’s, 6330 6th Ave. Now – SEATTLE: Burger King, 1432 NW Market St. 10:30 am – SODO (SEATTLE): Arby’s, 2425 4th Ave S 10:30 am – DOWNTOWN SEATTLE: Jimmy John’s — workers walking off from multiple locations & converging at 1200 3rd Ave. […]

SeaTac ‘Good Jobs’ initiative backers sue to stay on ballot

The following is from Yes! for SeaTac: SEATAC (Aug. 29, 2013) — SeaTac small business owner and Good Jobs Initiative signer Patricia (P.J.) Seidenstricker filed a lawsuit Wednesday to keep SeaTac Proposition 1 on the November ballot. Seidenstricker is joined on the lawsuit by Brian White, a SeaTac voter from the McMicken Heights neighborhood, whose […]

Grocery heat, PeaceHealth cuts, fast-food strike, still just a ‘dream’…

Wednesday, August 28, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Grocery workers turning up the heat on chain grocers — Union grocery workers, who’ve negotiated since March without reaching a deal for a new contract with area grocery chains, will attempt to dial up the pressure on those chains with informational pickets […]

Hyatt workers urge boycott of Seattle hotels

SEATTLE (Aug. 28, 2013) — Seattle Hyatt hotel workers and supporters have launched a boycott of the Hyatt at Olive 8 and the Grand Hyatt Seattle, denouncing difficult working conditions, unaffordable healthcare, and use of subcontracted workers. Seattle Hyatt workers also say the hotels’ local owner, Richard Hedreen, has refused to agree to a fair […]

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