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Archive for: February, 2014

Tell legislators: Pass Taxpayer Protection Act

OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2014) — Tax dollars should be spent in the most effective and efficient ways. The public deserves to know what the government is spending their tax dollars on. But right now, those basic rules that apply to state agencies don’t apply when Washington state outsources public services to private contractors. Washington State […]

Teacher erosion, minimum wage success, our welfare state…

Tuesday, February 25, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Senate schools funding disappoints Inslee — The state Senate on Monday released a proposed budget that would throw some additional money into public schools, but nowhere near the amount called for by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. ► At Crosscut — Senate […]

Paid sick leave bill gets hearing; urge senators’ support

OLYMPIA (Feb. 25, 2014) — The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on HB 1313, which would require businesses with at least five employees in Washington state to allow their employees to earn and accumulate some paid sick leave over time. The bill must advance from that […]

WSLC joins campaign to release Renton woman from Mexican prison

(Feb. 25, 2014) — At the direction of the Washington State Labor Council’s Executive Board, WSLC President Jeff Johnson has written U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him to press for the release of a Nestora Salgado, a Renton woman who has been imprisoned in Mexico since Aug. 21, 2013. According to a Seattle […]

Boeing’s bargains, dark money, Grover on ‘weenies’…

Monday, February 24, 2014   BOEING ► In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Boeing Machinists in St. Louis approve contract aimed at winning new work — Boeing machinists backed a new labor deal Sunday that seeks to give the aerospace company a stronger hand to compete for new business by, in part, offering buyouts to veteran […]

Report reveals cost of wage theft in U.S. port trucking industry

The following is from the National Employment Law Project: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — A new report reveals the enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry — with the workers who are cheated and the taxpaying public paying the price. The report, […]

Two-tier faculty system harms higher education in Washington

By KAREN STRICKLAND and MICHAEL BOGGESS (Feb. 24, 2014) — If you or someone you know has taken a class at one of Washington’s community and technical colleges, there is a 50-50 chance that the instructor was a part-time faculty member. For decades, higher education institutions across the country have increasingly hired part-time, adjunct or contingent […]

Working sick, sparing Social Security, an album U want…

Friday, February 21, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Huffington Post — Way too many Americans go to work sick, survey finds — Worried about lost wages, a backlog of work or punishment from the boss, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to work while ill, even […]

Issaquah drywall firm ordered to pay $550,000 in back wages

SEATTLE (Feb. 21, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment from the U.S. District Court ordering Issaquah-based drywall installer Summit Drywall Inc., and its owner Thomas Kauzlarich, to pay $550,000 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 384 current and former employees. The judgment resolves an investigation and subsequent […]

Attend local legislative town hall meetings

Many Washington state legislators will be holding town hall meetings and constituent listening sessions around Washington state starting this weekend. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging union members and community supporters to attend their local events and urge their lawmakers to support pro-working family legislation — like the House-approved paid safe and sick […]

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Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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