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Archive for: September, 2013

AFL-CIO’s Trumka decries shutdown, GOP hostage taking

The following statement was issued today by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: (Sept. 30, 2013) — As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut down critical public services, stiff […]

Props for Schultz, 777X decision, Hanford deal, union cars…

Monday, September 30, 2013   TODAY’S MUST-READ   ► In Sunday’s Seattle Times — Howard Schultz makes right choice not blaming Obamacare (by Danny Westneat) — “Starbucks won’t use the new law as an excuse to cut benefits or lower benefits for its workers,” Schultz declared recently. Note his use of the term “excuse.” Because […]

Strike ends: Bellingham Tech. College instructors ratify deal

The following is from the Bellingham Education Association: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 30, 2013) — Striking Bellingham Technical College faculty members have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the BTC administration, ending their six-day strike. Salaries, workload and surveillance were the major sticking points. The new contract includes a 2.5 percent pay increase, higher stipends, pay […]

Grocery strike prep, Paid Sick Days, domestic terrorism, ‘Careful’…

Friday, September 27, 2013   GROCERY STRIKE   ► From Q13 FOX — ‘We’re ready to strike,’ grocery workers say — Grocery checkers, baggers and other employees voted to authorize a strike in protest of the latest contract offer from their employers, making long lines and un-stocked shelves a very real possibility at area grocery […]

Grocery workers authorize strike; show your support!

SEATTLE (Sept. 27, 2013) — Thousands of Puget Sound-area grocery workers have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons stores over how those companies are gaming the Affordable Care Act to try to cut health care benefits for employees and their families by cutting their hours. After voting that took place […]

Tell Inslee: Protect, work with state employees on health care

OLYMPIA (Sept. 27, 2013) — Because unions representing Washington’s state employees couldn’t reach agreement last year with then-Gov. Chris Gregoire administration on a full, two-year health care article in their contracts, the terms and conditions of the old agreement have remained in effect until June 30, 2014. But negotiators for Gov. Jay Inslee have resumed […]

BTC strike expands, party crasher, Xmas in DC, pursuit of happiness…

Thursday, September 26, 2013   LOCAL   ► In the PS Business Journal — SEIU 1199NW adds 800 new members to its union ranks in Washington — Workers at PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham voted join the union. The employees include medical technologists, dietary aides, housekeeping staff, X-ray technicians, nursing assistants, and laboratory […]

Students Against Sweatshops, AFL-CIO announce partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) — With the goal of strengthening workers’ rights and building power for students as well as workers, the AFL-CIO and United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) entered into a new national partnership on Wednesday. The two groups will collaborate on important global solidarity campaigns, from ensuring safe working conditions for Bangladeshi […]

800-plus St. Joseph MC workers form union with SEIU 1199NW

BELLINGHAM (Sept. 26, 2013) — More than 800 employees of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, including medical technologists, dietary aides, housekeeping staff, Xray technicians, nursing assistants and laboratory staff, voted this week to form their union with SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. “I’ve worked at Saint Joseph for 15 years. I’m very excited to form our union […]

Farmworkers win round in court; Sakuma Bros. must end surveillance

BELLINGHAM (Sept. 26, 2013) — On Wednesday, Familias Unidas por la Justicia and individual plaintiff Felimon Piñeda won a significant court victory when Skagit County Superior Court Judge John M. Meyer ordered Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms to remove security guards from their housing. After an emergency hearing, Judge Meyer issued a restraining order prohibiting Sakuma […]


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