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Archive for: January, 2014

Donations sought to restore Mother Jones Monument

MT. OLIVE, Ill. (Jan. 28, 2014) –The Illinois AFL-CIO is working with the Union Miners’ Cemetery Perpetual Care Association to raise funds in order to maintain and enhance the Mother Jones monument and burial site in Mt. Olive, Illinois. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones rose to prominence as a fiery orator and fearless organizer for the […]

Voting rights, ACA signups, hero Scalia, sick leave good…

Monday, January 27, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Democrats push minority voting rights bill — In another move to differentiate themselves from the Republican-controlled Senate, House Democrats are pushing forward a measure that aims to enhance minority voting rights. The House is expected to vote this week on the measure called […]

Union membership gains; Washington ranks 4th

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) — The number of workers in unions in 2013 rose by 162,000, with the increase of 281,000 workers in private-sector unions offset by the decrease of 118,000 public-sector union members, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Strong gains in construction and manufacturing jobs were […]

$12 by 2017, DREAM vote, new Kochs, birthday dance…

Friday, January 24, 2014   MINIMUM WAGE   ► At Slog — Rep. Farrell files bill to raises state minimum wage to $12 — HB 2672 would raise it in three increments — to $10 an hour in 2015, to $11 an hour in 2016, and to $12 and hour in 2017, after which it […]

Labor backs bill to raise state minimum wage to $12

OLYMPIA (Jan. 24, 2014) — Surrounded by supporters representing labor, small business, community and religious organizations, state Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) and 32 other House Democrats on Thursday introduced a HB 2672 today that will raise the state minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years and then resume annual […]

Workers’ compensation: Here we go again

Following is today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter (PDF version): Senate GOP resurrects bill expanding lump-sum buyouts   OLYMPIA (Jan. 23, 2014) — Lest we forget, Washington’s state government went to the brink of a D.C.-style shutdown in 2013 when the Republican-controlled Senate tried to force the Democratic-controlled House to vote on several […]

Saving Hanford jobs, dodging a budget, Boeing hiring in SC…

Thursday, January 23, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Most Hanford layoffs cancelled — Hanford contractors laid off just 12 workers this week, far fewer than the 289 they were authorized to let go. Up to 450 layoffs were being considered when it looked as though Hanford cleanup might be hampered […]

Sign petition to derail ‘fast track’ trade deals in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2014) — Congress is considering new legislation that would “fast track” new trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), moving them through Congress more quickly by limiting the transparency, accountability and oversight necessary for such trade deals to serve America’s working families rather than extreme corporate interests. Sens. Dave Camp […]

Moocher Nation, methanol jobs, justices divided…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   TODAY’S NEWS JUXTAPOSED   ► In today’s NY Times — States cutting weeks of aid to jobless — The country’s safety net for jobless workers has undergone a sudden transformation, from one aimed at providing modest but sustained protection to workers weathering a tough labor market to one intended to […]

Package of state legislation aims to tackle ‘rampant’ wage theft

OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2014) — Every week, thousands of people in Washington are victims of a particular kind of theft. But for this theft, there are weak laws to discourage it, small penalties to punish it, and potentially serious consequences for reporting it. It is called wage theft. It’s the illegal under-payment or non-payment of […]


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