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Archive for: January, 2014

777X wing work, DREAM Act, R.I.P. Pete…

Friday, January 31, 2014   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing flight paints a big ’12’ on Washington’s map — The Boeing Co. on Thursday employed a 747-8 freighter like a giant Etch-A-Sketch, tracing the number 12 on a map of Washington. ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Everett could win 777X […]

IBEW makes sure SeaHulk’s at Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Jan. 31, 2014) — Thanks in large part to Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 191, the SeaHulk will be at MetLife Stadium to cheer the Seattle Seahawks to victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII. The union and the Cascade Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association stepped up when the body painters for […]

Tesoro unsafe, McNerney unrepentant, fool’s gold, Obamatrade…

Thursday, January 30, 2014   TESORO TRAGEDY   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Safety and equipment flaws, lax standards cited in refinery blast — An April 2010 explosion that killed seven people at an Anacortes refinery occurred in part because Tesoro Refining failed to use safe equipment, had poor inspection procedures and allowed its […]

Clear contrast in values between House Democrats, Senate GOP

This column has been updated to correct a quote by Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry. By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 30, 2014) — Contrasting values between House Democrats and Senate Republicans were made crystal clear Wednesday in Olympia. A statewide paid safe and sick leave bill was passed by 52 Democrats in the House and a bill […]

Raise minimum wage to begin addressing income inequality

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 30, 2014) — Last week, 32 House Democrats joined Jesslyn Farrell (D-Seattle) in proposing to increase our state’s minimum wage to $10 in 2015, $11 in 2016, and $12 in 2017. It is about time. Our minimum wage has steadily fallen away from its high point in 1968. That was 35 […]

House passes Paid Sick Days, Senate targets workers’ comp

Following is today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: Washington would join Connecticut, several cities with similar standards   OLYMPIA (Jan. 30, 2014) — The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would make Washington the second state to establish a paid safe and sick leave standard. HB 1313, which passed 52-45 […]

Insult to injury, Inslee steps up, Boeing profits, SOTU redux…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE   ► At Think Progress — States have lost $1.76 billion after long-term unemployment benefits lapsed — The loss of benefits is now impacting 1.6 million people who have been out of work for about six months or longer and used to rely on the subsidy to get […]

Alaska Airlines’ poverty wages are no joke

SEATTLE (Jan. 29, 2014) — Alaska Airlines, the company that has aggressively fought to defy voters and continue paying poverty wages to Sea-Tac International Airport workers, is raking in such huge profits right now that it’s laughable. Literally. The following video features Alaska Airlines executives sharing a good laugh with industry analysts about all of […]

Uncutting wages, Larsen ♥s TPP, State of the ____, R.I.P. Pete…

Tuesday, January 28, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Pay for support staff for the developmentally disabled never rebounded after cuts — Several hundred care workers, developmentally disabled people and parents rallied at the state Capitol on Monday, urging restoration of pay for those who assist the disabled in community […]

Senate Republicans take hard right turn with ALEC attacks

Republicans demote Democratic chair; push ALEC-written attacks on workers By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2014) — A year ago, the new Majority Coalition Caucus of Senate Republicans and two defecting Democrats vowed “governing from the middle, governing from the center” when they seized control of that body from the Democratic majority elected […]


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