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Archive for: April, 2014

Holding Boeing accountable, filibuster for low wages, Central Services…

Wednesday, April 30, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At — Unions to seek accountability for aerospace tax breaks — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is pursuing legislation that would hold Washington’s aerospace companies accountable for creating middle-class jobs with the state tax incentives they received last winter. “We as a state did not agree […]

MayWorks is here: It’s time to celebrate labor and our culture

By LYNNE DODSON (April 30, 2014) — Hooray, hooray for the month of May! It’s MayWorks time again when we dedicate the month to music, movies, art, labor history. It’s our celebration of the creativity that inspires us to change what’s wrong to right, to create a better world, to find joy in the everyday, […]

IAM contract at AIM, Sawant wins, the new BBC…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► In today’s P.S. Business Journal — Machinists union lands contract with Boeing supplier — About 280 workers at Boeing supplier AIM Aerospace in Sumner have ratified their first union contract with a 75 percent yes vote. The contract brings to nine the number of Washington aerospace companies […]

2014 Legislative Report: ‘Another taste of political gridlock’

OLYMPIA (April 29, 2014) — The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature was “another bitter taste of Washington, D.C.-style political gridlock” as Senate Republicans blocked votes on dozens of pro-working family policies and job-creating infrastructure investments. Instead, the GOP launched aggressive election-year attacks against public employees and workplace standards that had no chance of […]

Boeing ‘Centers of Cheapness,’ 15 Soon, ‘Happy Days’ no more…

Monday, April 28, 2014   BOEING   ► In Sunday’s Seattle Times — Boeing sees big savings, others see big risks in job transfers — Boeing expects to save more than $100 million a year by transferring 1,100 research engineering jobs out of the Puget Sound region and an additional 200 from Southern California to […]

State employees help member devastated by Oso mudslide

The following report appears in the latest edition of the Washington State Employee newsletter produced by the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: (April 28, 2014) — Shortly after the jetliners hit the twin towers in New York City, not long after the levees burst in New Orleans after Hurricane Katina and right […]

Expanding family, medical leave to small firms makes sense

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (April 28, 2014) — A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Expanding Family and Medical Leave to Small Firms, takes a look at one of the most common arguments against requiring small businesses to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — […]

Waiver left behind, wage phasers, postal protests, TLC…

Friday, April 25, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — State loses waiver to No Child Left Behind Act — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has revoked the state’s waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act, a decision expected ever since lawmakers refused the federal agency’s demand to change how […]

NLRB: Spokane hospital’s nurse lockout was against the law

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: SPOKANE VALLEY (April 25, 2014) — About 1,000 nurses and healthcare workers at Valley and Deaconess Hospitals, members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, have been standing up for their patients and calling for better staffing. Rather than working with caregivers to improve staffing, the hospitals have resisted, even going […]

Yhteistyötä works: Finland’s model shows respect for all

By JOHN BURBANK (April 25, 2014) — I just returned from a trip to Finland to visit old friends. I brought home a bill from a hospital. You may wonder how these two things connect. The bill from the hospital was for a friend of mine. She needed a new hip. So for five days […]


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