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Archive for: February, 2014

IAM and Inslee, ‘respect’ in Pasco, a 52 turns 57…

Friday, February 28, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Inslee meets with angry Machinists union reps — Leaders of the Machinists and other unions held a frank conversation with Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday during which they made clear they’ve not forgiven him for pressing Boeing workers into a contract vote which […]

Death of a friend puts life, dignity, security in perspective

By JOHN BURBANK (Feb. 28, 2014) — How do you say goodbye to a friend, a father, a mother, a sibling, a son or daughter, a grandparent? This week I am facing the challenge of saying goodbye to a dear friend. It is hard to face the death of a loved one. And yet, it […]

Public officials urged to honor boycott of Hyatt hotels in Seattle

SEATTLE (Feb. 28, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has urged public officials to contact the owner of two Hyatt hotels in Seattle and urge him to allow a fair election process for letting hotel employees choose whether to form a union, as outlined in a national agreement between UNITE HERE and the […]

DREAM reality, HAMTC talks, subsidizing the Waltons…

Thursday, February 27, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — State lawmakers consider borrowing against Lottery to build schools — A bipartisan plan for paying for public schools emerged Wednesday in the state House, offering a creative way to pay for $700 million in school construction by borrowing against $50 million a […]

HB 1313: Sick and safe leave is a lifeline for workers

By REP. ROGER FREEMAN (Feb. 27, 2014) — Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.  Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five. I was concerned. Not only for myself, but for my family. Fighting cancer means treatment and surgery.  Lots of […]

Bipartisan school construction plan would benefit K-3 classes

UPDATE (Mar. 5, 2013) — The House has approved HB 2797 on a strong bipartisan 90-7 vote. However, there are concerns that some Republican Senate leaders may try to kill the bill. The following was distributed by both the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the Washington State House of Representatives: OLYMPIA (Feb. 27, 2014) — […]

Former WSLC staffer, state leader, pension chief Joe Dear dies at 62

UPDATE — The friends and family of Joe Dear invite the community to a celebration of his life from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Evergreen State College Library, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW in Olympia. A reception will follow the celebration on the 4th floor of the library. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. […]

Harborview clinics to remain open after community outcry

SEATTLE (Feb. 27, 2014) — After months of advocacy from Harborview nurses and healthcare workers (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW) and other Harborview employees (Washington Federation of State Employees), local elected leaders and healthcare group Washington CAN!, Harborview’s Interim CEO Johnese Spisso announced Wednesday that Harborview will not be closing or relocating clinics. Since the moment the […]

Dueling budgets, TPP moves, Amazon beats Walmart…

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   PRIVATIZATION   ► In today’s Olympian — Outsourcing of public services doesn’t work (by Donald Cohen) — Outsourcing means taxpayers have very little say over how tax dollars are spent and no say on actions taken by private companies that control our public services. Outsourcing means taxpayers cannot vote out […]

Support Tri-Cities Community Health workers at rally in Pasco

PASCO, Wash. — On Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m., employees of Tri-Cities Community Health Center (formerly La Clínica) and community supporters will gather at 715 W. Court St. to protest the organization’s attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights and cause further economic hardship to employees who have already agreed to substantial economic concessions over […]


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