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Archive for: December, 2013

Amazon CEO Bezos ‘would not survive’ in own warehouse

SEATTLE (Dec. 17, 20143) — Could Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos survive for one week in one of his company’s own warehouses? That’s the question Nancy Becker, an American employed by Amazon in Germany since 2001, asked as she trekked to Seattle this week to stand up for the rights of workers in the online retailer’s […]

Urge Congress to support FAMILY Act, paid leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 17, 2013) — Only 12 percent of workers in the United States — and just 4 percent of low-wage workers — currently have access to paid family leave through their employers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But that could change under legislation introduced last week in Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro […]

Boeing 777X, Hanford vote, Amazon protest, the end game…

Monday, December 16, 2013   BOEING   ► If you want information about Boeing’s latest contract extension offer, visit, where Machinists District 751 has posted a comparison between the company’s latest offer and the one already rejected by the union. ► In the Seattle Times — 777X offer puts Machinists, Boeing at ‘rock and […]

Outside pressure on Machinists at Boeing is ‘disrespectful’

(Dec. 16, 2013) — The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was issued this morning: Nobody wants Boeing to produce the 777x and the composite wing in Washington state more than the rank-and-file members and the local leadership of the IAM District Council 751. This is their work. […]

IAM’s 777X offer, SeaTac Prop 1 tossing, federal budget, Feat don’t fail us…

Thursday, December 12, 2013   BOEING   ► At — Machinists present offer to Boeing to secure 777X — Machinists Union representatives have presented the Boeing Co. with a preliminary proposal for a contract that would secure 777X wing fabrication and final assembly work for Puget Sound. The union is not disclosing any of […]

Support Germany’s Amazon workers in Seattle on Dec. 16

SEATTLE (Dec. 12, 2013) — In America,’s anti-union bias has thwarted attempts by its warehouse workers to have a voice in their workplace. But that same anti-worker attitude is not playing so well with the online retail giant’s German employees who, since May of this year, have staged a number of rolling strikes over […]

Lawsuit spurs railroads to offer benefits to same-sex spouses

SEATTLE (Dec. 12, 2013) — Last week, the nation’s railroad engineers achieved a major victory. Just one day after two BNSF Railway employees from Washington state filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against their employer for refusing to offer medical benefits to same-sex spouses, the National Railway Labor Conference coalition representing America’s biggest railroads announced that […]

Budget deal brings ‘temporary relief,’ but deserts jobless

(Dec. 11, 2013) — The following statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was released today regarding the budget deal announced Tuesday by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.): It is shocking that Republicans have refused to include an extension of unemployment benefits in today’s budget agreement.  At the end of December, federal […]

America’s women, families need national paid family leave law

By ELIZABETH SHULER (Dec. 11, 2013) — Only 12% of the workforce has paid family leave. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — the nation’s only federal law designed to help working people meet the dual demands of job and family — has kept millions of people from losing their jobs when serious […]

Boeing-IAM meet, GOP+2 turns 1, dwindling tools…

Wednesday, December 11, 2013   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing chief meets with union reps who opposed 777X deal — On deadline day for states around the U.S. to submit their bids for the 777X project, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner met Tuesday with the Machinists union officials who […]


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