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Archive for: December, 2013

‘Nothing fair or right’ about Boeing demands

(Dec. 23, 2013) — The following statement of solidarity from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was distributed Monday to the Machinists District 751 and WSLC-affiliated unions: In 2011, just two years ago, Machinists District 751 members at The Boeing Co. voted to ratify a long-term five-year contract that was an […]

Machinists to vote again on Boeing 777X contract

Sunday, December 22, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Machinists to vote again on 777X contract — Despite the vehement opposition of local union leaders, the national headquarters of the Machinists union has ordered a vote on Boeing’s revised offer to extend their contract, setting the stage for a divisive battle […]

Centrism sans centrists, 777X clock ticks, Stevie Street…

Friday, December 20, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — On scuttling transportation (editorial) — The failure of a state transportation package illustrates the limits of ideology. Transportation — like basic education, a primary responsibility of state government — should be a best-politics-is-no-politics issue. There were 12 negotiating sessions, and plaudits […]

WSLC’s 2014 Legislative Conference gets a makeover

OLYMPIA (Dec. 20, 2014) — The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature is shaping up to be another challenging one. With the State Senate firmly in control of Republicans and their “Majority Coalition Caucus,” the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is anticipating more attacks on working people and their unions. So the WSLC is […]

U.I. myth debunked, no transportation, discouraging pensions, RTW…

Thursday, December 19, 2013   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE   ► In The Hill — Obama urges extending unemployment benefits — President Obama called for the extension of unemployment benefits after the Senate approved a bipartisan budget deal on Wednesday. ALSO at The Stand — 24,400 in state face cutoff of jobless benefits — Congressman Derek Kilmer […]

24,400 in Washington face cutoff of jobless benefits at year’s end

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) — As Congress heads home for the holidays without reauthorizing the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, more than 24,400 unemployed workers in Washington state will lose their unemployment benefits on Dec. 28 when EUC expires, according to the state Employment Security Department. An additional 37,600 state residents will lose their […]

When human, corporate worlds collide… let there be light!

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 19, 2013) — One week ago the sun set at its earliest: 4:16 p.m. Every day forward means that the sun sets a little later. By Christmas day we will have gained five minutes of extra sun at the end of the day! Our mornings continue to get darker, with sunrise […]

WA fits RFP to a T, zero cola, Richie Rich, Amazon union vote…

Wednesday, December 18, 2013   BOEING   ► At — Washington fits Boeing 777X RFP to a ‘T,’ says IAM 751 chief — Media reports have detailed all the items that Boeing wants states to provide in order to be considered as the new site. The list includes zero-cost, or “very low cost,” land and […]

UA Local 598, friends build 1,700 ‘Bikes for Tikes’

By RANDY SCOTT Special to The Stand TRI-CITIES (Dec. 18, 2013) — If you were lucky enough as a kid to wake up on Christmas morning to a brand new bike, you will know how approximately 1,700 kids in the Tri-Cities area will feel during this holiday season, thanks to UA Local 598 Plumbers and […]

Boeing’s billions, Patty Murray’s deal, GOP’s Medicaid expansion gap…

Tuesday, December 17, 2013   BOEING   ► From Boeing — Boeing board authorizes $10 billion share repurchase, raises dividend 50% — “These actions reflect sustained, strong operational performance by our businesses, increasing cash flow, and our confidence in the future,” said CEO Jim McNerney. “Our team’s relentless focus on business execution and competitiveness is […]


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