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Rally Wednesday in Issaquah to support library janitors

ISSAQUAH (Oct. 28, 2013) — The King County Library System has replaced its unionized janitors with non-union employees of National Maintenance Contractors (NMC). The replaced janitors’ union, Service Employee International Union Local 6, is holding a rally outside of the KCLS Board of Trustees meeting this Wednesday Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at the KCLS […]

Grocery vote, grand bargaining, McResources, Made Up Mind…

Friday, October 25, 2013   LOCAL   ► From AP — Grocery workers to vote on pact next week — Ratification votes are scheduled next week on a tentative contract agreement that averted a strike by 21,000 grocery workers at four major grocery chains in the Puget Sound region. A UFCW Local 21 spokesman said […]

Supreme Court urged to toss ‘raw deal’ on state workers’ pensions

The following is crossposted from the Federation Hotline of the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28: OLYMPIA (Oct. 25, 2013) — Washington’s Supreme Court chambers were Ground Zero for the nationwide fight to save public employee pensions as the Federation and allies argued against the repeal of PERS 3 gainsharing, for the PERS 2 […]

Final 2013 Labor Neighbor walk in Bremerton, phone banks this week

BREMERTON (Oct. 25, 2013) — The Washington State Labor Council’s 2013 Labor Neighbor program is in its home stretch. Voters have received their ballots and are mailing them in between now and Election Day, Nov. 5, and Labor Neighbor is focused on making sure working families in the 26th Legislative District cast their votes in […]

Grain talks, Needle truther, Wisconsin secrets, Walmart welfare…

Thursday, October 24, 2013   GRAIN TALKS   ► In today’s Columbian — Both sides in labor dispute call negotiations ‘fruitful’ — Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms of a new labor contract, said Wednesday that renewed negotiations this week have been fruitful. In […]

700-plus City of Portland workers vote to join with PTE 17

The following is from PTE Local 17: PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 24, 2013) — Last month, the executive board of the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA) voted overwhelmingly to join Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17. COPPEA, a successful, independent union representing professional public employees at the City of Portland, has existed for […]

Training video explains Weingarten Rights

(Oct. 24, 2013) — The role of the shop steward is critical for ensuring that employers adhere to provisions of union contracts and for protecting the individual rights of their fellow union members. One of those important rights, known as your Weingarten Rights, ensures that employees have a right to union representation at management’s investigatory […]

WSLC pre-holiday post-election luncheon Nov. 7

SEATTLE — The officers and staff of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO invite all union members, staff and officers to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season — and the conclusion of the 2013 election — on Thursday, November 7 at the WSLC’s annual luncheon at the Catholic Seafarer’s Club, 2330 1st. Ave. in […]

Raising wages & citizens, Boeing profits, dumbed down debate…

Wednesday, October 23, 2013   TODAY’S MUST READ   ► At CNN.com — How to raise wages — and citizens (by Eric Liu) — In a town not far from me, a municipal ballot measure has become a national bellwether. The citizens of SeaTac, a working-class community that includes the major airport for the Seattle-Tacoma area, […]

In SeaTac and elsewhere, we can change rules to restore America

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 23, 2013) — On my way to a conference in Philadelphia last week, I took the subway from the train station. It was in disrepair, with no signage and blocked exits and entrances. And the people I saw on the subway reflected the cards they had been dealt — somewhat forlorn, […]

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