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Archive for: September, 2013

Grocery strike votes, $15/hour Seattle, Cruzing ‘a road to ruin’…

Wednesday, September 25, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune —  Thousands of area grocery workers to take strike authorization vote — Grocery workers from throughout the region are meeting to authorize a strike against Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertsons. ALSO at The Stand — No progress: Puget Sound-area grocery unions set […]

Subways in Seattle face pickets over firing

UPDATE (Sept. 27, 2013) — Today (Friday) will be the 4th straight day of Subway pickets. Join them from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the lunch rush at Seattle’s Pike Place Market Subway, 106 Pike St. SEATTLE (Sept. 25, 2013) — Dozens of fast food workers and their supporters picketed Tuesday outside the Capitol […]

Death of an adjunct professor: Broke with no health coverage

The following opinion column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is reprinted here with the author’s permission: By DANIEL KOVALIK PITTSBURGH (Sept. 24, 2013) — On Sept. 1, Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor who had taught French at Duquesne University for 25 years, passed away at the age of 83. She died as […]

BTC teachers strike, Boeing layoffs, shutdown chaos, defacing America…

Tuesday, September 24, 2013   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Teachers go on strike; no classes Tuesday at Bellingham Technical College — Bellingham Technical College instructors went on strike Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, forcing the cancellation of classes on what was scheduled to be the first day of the fall term. Negotiations […]

SeaTac business owner touts Prop. 1 in TV ad

UPDATE (Sept. 24, 2013) — Bull Pen Pub owner, Don Liberty, stuck his head out to speak up for SeaTac Prop 1 in this new ad. Now he’s starting to feel some heat for his leadership for working people at the airport. We need to show Don that we’ve got his back. The next time […]

Darigold ‘sabotage,’ one week ’til shutdown, RTW free-riders…

Monday, September 23, 2013   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Strike threat grows at Darigold — Union workers at the state’s biggest dairy cooperative, Seattle-based Darigold, are threatening to go out on strike. Last week, about 150 Darigold workers passed out leaflets explaining their position at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores […]

No progress: Puget Sound-area grocery unions set strike votes

The following was distributed Friday by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21: (Sept. 20, 2013) — Grocery store workers across Puget Sound have been in contract negotiations since March in more than a dozen negotiation sessions. Despite our best efforts during a recent round of three days of back-to-back bargaining this week, no progress […]

Shutdown blackmail, hospital cuts, Amazon lawsuit, smooth Operator…

Friday, September 20, 2013   OUR CONGRESS   ► From AP — House poised to pass spending bill defunding Obamacare — The House on Friday is poised to approve a stopgap spending bill that strips out funding for President Obama’s signature healthcare law. The continuing resolution, pushed by Republican leaders at the behest of conservatives, […]

House Republicans vote to slash food assistance for poor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 20, 1013) — On a 217-210 vote that fell largely along party lines, House Republicans narrowly approved cutting about $39 billion in funding for food-stamp programs over the next decade. Washington’s GOP Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert and “Doc” Hastings all voted to approve the cuts. (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler did not […]

When you require prison beds to be filled, politicians fill them

The following article by Kenneth Quinnell is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: In a song called “New Slaves” from his recently released album, controversial rapper Kanye West includes the following lyrics: Meanwhile the DEA, teamed up with the CCA They tryna lock ****** up, they tryna make new slaves See that’s that privately owned prison, get […]


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