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Archive for: August, 2013

Wall Street Journal can’t connect the dots on jobs, wages, unions

By DAVID GROVES SEATTLE (Aug. 28, 2013) — Monday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal included two stories about jobs and wages that provide a concise summary of what’s wrong with America and what’s right with Seattle. However, the business-minded newspaper failed to connect the dots between the articles, perhaps because doing so would directly […]

Judge blocks SeaTac vote, Berkey dies, unions and the ACA…

Tuesday, August 27, 2013   LOCAL   ► At — Judge: SeaTac petition for $15 minimum wage invalid — The proposed ordinance was placed on the November ballot by the SeaTac Council, but on Monday a King County Superior Court judge ruled that it did not have the adequate number of signatures to be […]

Do you know what TPP is? You should. It’s going to affect you

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: Corporations are trying to hijack a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated in secret. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and if they’re successful, they’ll have a say in everything from your rights at work to the prices of your prescriptions and safety of your child’s toys. Working families […]

Join picketing grocery workers on Wednesday

Thousands of Puget Sound-area grocery store workers will conduct informational picketing outside dozens of stores on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers and Teamsters unions are in contentious negotiations with Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway. The next bargaining session is Thursday. TAKE A STAND! Join the workers at your […]

Seattle fast-food workers will join in Aug. 29 national strike

SEATTLE — Fast-food and other low-wage workers from McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and other chains across Seattle will participate in a first-ever national strike of low-wage workers this Thursday, Aug. 29 beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. The workers are calling for better pay and the right to organize without […]

Export terminals = jobs, Obamacare update, 16-year rule gestation…

Monday, August 26, 2013   LOCAL   ► In the (Everett) Herald — End the delay: Export terminal mean jobs (by UTU’s Herb Krohn) — The state of Washington has an opportunity right now, to expand our ports and to secure the region’s position as a global trade leader for decades. Private industry, using private capital, […]

Party for Paid Sick Days Tuesday in Tacoma

TACOMA — Some 40,000 breadwinners in Tacoma — or 2 in 5 workers — have no paid sick leave. That means when they or their children get sick, they have to go to work anyway or they lose a day’s wages, or even their job. The Healthy Tacoma coalition is supporting a city ordinance similar […]

Massage Bar employees vote to form union with OPEIU Local 8

SEATTLE (Aug. 26, 2013) — Licensed Massage Practitioners at the Seattle-based Massage Bar, Inc. voted last week by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 8. “We’re proud of our profession and forming a union will help us gain more recognition,” says Tonya Zarlengo, an 8-year […]

Berry boycott, GOP sees red, Walmart’s America, Ringo’s jurisdiction…

Wednesday, August 21, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Skagit Valley Herald — Berry pickers call for boycott of Sakuma products — Workers from Sakuma Bros. Farms picketed and called for a consumer boycott Tuesday of that Mount Vernon farm’s berries in response to a wage they said was too low. The verbal agreement […]

Protest Gov. Scott Walker on Sept. 5 in Seattle

SEATTLE (Aug. 21, 2013) — Since The Stand first reported that controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) would be headlining a Seattle fundraiser for a local right-wing think tank, the Washington State Labor Council and the M.L. King County Labor Council have been inundated with calls and emails from people — both inside and outside […]


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