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Archive for: February, 2014

WSLC Legislative Update: Fighting wage theft is pro-business

But GOP, corporate lobbying groups are fighting to protect the scofflaws   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2014) — As a business owner, if you had a competitor underbid you by illegally withholding employees’ wages or by cheating to avoid the taxes you have to pay, you’d be pretty […]

Union busting backfires, no COLA, NAFTA nightmare…

Thursday, February 20, 2014   UNIONS IN THE SOUTH   ► In today’s Huffington Post — Turns out anti-union VW workers may have screwed themselves, and the South — The German “co-determination” model mandates works councils, which connect employees to management, at all large German companies. Following the union vote, the head of Volkswagen’s works […]

Citizen ‘lobbyists’ land at Capitol for WSLC legislative event

OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2014) — Based on the feedback from its participants, this year’s new and improved Legislative Lobbying Day organized by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO was a great success. Many of the rank-and-file union members who participated in the Feb. 7 event said that getting the opportunity to do some citizen lobbying […]

Human cost of refinery tragedy, DREAM Act, Corker’s taint…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — School bus drivers warn of strike preparation in Seattle — The union representing about 450 bus drivers for the Seattle school district says it’s preparing to strike, after negotiators failed to resolve disputes over sick leave and health care. Teamsters Local 174 […]

Seattle school bus drivers prep for strike at First Student

The following is fr0m Teamsters Local 174: SEATTLE (Feb. 19, 2014) — Teamsters Local 174 represents more than 450 school bus drivers who transport K-12 students for the Seattle School District and are preparing to strike over unfair labor practice charges after First Student broke off talks and walked away from negotiations. “First Student has […]

USPS: Big operating profits announced as a loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2014) — The recent Postal Service Financial Report for the last calendar quarter of 2013 shows an operating profit of $765 million, yet the official postal press release — duly reported in the media — announced a loss of $354 million. The announced loss was due solely to a $1.425 billion […]

Exporting ferry jobs, our biggest problem, dignity and freedom…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014   BOEING   ► It’s official. This morning at — Boeing to locate new 777X composite wing center in Everett, Wash. — “The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory and will sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come.”   STATE […]

House passes four bills tackling wage theft

OLYMPIA (Feb. 18, 2014) — Last week, the state House of Representatives passed a package of legislation designed to discourage wage theft, level the playing field for honest employers, and recover state revenue lost due to the deliberate misclassification of workers as independent contractors. “We applaud the House members who supported these important bills and […]

Hospitality hearing Tuesday, fast-food boycott on Thursday

SEATTLE (Feb. 18, 2013) — The unprecedented grassroots movement to raise this city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining more steam this week with events and actions designed to expose poverty-wage-paying businesses and the harm they are doing to Seattle communities. A Workers’ Rights Hearing will be held tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 18) to […]

Everett gets 777X wing, just 13 votes, ObamaTrade…

Monday, February 17, 2014   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing picks Everett for building wing of 777X — Boeing has decided to build the new 777X wing facility next to the widebody jet final-assembly plant in Everett, assuring more than a decade of work on advanced composite materials for thousands of […]


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