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Archive for: April, 2014

Jim’s Cheap Jets™, Ed’s minimum, Arne’s waiver…

Thursday, April 24, 2014   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing CEO defends job transfers, but experts question rationale — As Boeing announced strong earnings, Chief Executive Jim McNerney defended planned transfers of thousands of engineering jobs out of the Puget Sound region. Aviation-industry experts questioned that move. Richard Aboulafia, a longtime […]

‘Working Democracy’ conference April 25 at UW in Seattle

SEATTLE — Rising inequality. Unions on the defensive. A new minimum wage. Rallies and marches. More and more, the headlines of today center on the workplace. On Friday, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies hosts a free conference bringing together national journalists and scholars, local labor and community leaders, and everyday workers to explore […]

‘Declare Independence’ PAC training May 9

SEATTLE — As U.S. Supreme Court rulings continue to dismantle campaign finance laws and further empower corporate interests and America’s most wealthy, labor organizations must evolve to support champions for working families. That’s why many of Washington’s unions will be shifting their political action in 2014 beyond their membership and into the community. Make sure […]

Getting what we pay for, sick leave success, just a start…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming — A list of transit cuts is headed to the King County Council this week, after 55 percent of voters were rejecting a sales-tax and car-tab increase in the Tuesday night count. “There […]

VOTE, tip penalties, lawyers in line, ‘Grounded’…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   ELECTION DAY   ► At Slog — VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Yes on Prop 1 — King County residents, it’s a special election for you, and this one’s about saving Metro bus service. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click that link. Do you ever ride the bus? […]

Fearing raises for low earners, ignoring obscene pay of 1%

By LEO W. GERARD (April 22, 2014) — Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It’s the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much. The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 […]

Deadlines near for video contest, talent show

(April 22, 2014) — May — and MayWorks — is fast approaching! Check back soon here at The Stand for a complete list of planned events. If your union or Central Labor Council has an event celebrating labor’s culture and history that you’d like publicized in conjunction with MayWorks, email Kamaria Hightower with the details. […]

‘Prepared’ IAM, tips ≠ wages, getting trade right…

Monday, April 21, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — SPEEA members win $47M in arbitration with Boeing — A group of 484 current and former Boeing engineers and technical workers have been awarded $47 million, in a union victory after a 10-year battle with the company. The victory reverses a […]

SPEEA helps Boeing employees win $47 million in back pay

The following is from Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001: PALMDALE, Calif. (April 21, 2014) — After a 13-year battle, 484 current and former employees of The Boeing Company are receiving nearly $47 million in wages and benefits they were denied because the aerospace giant refused to recognize they were […]

Help surround City Hall today at 4 p.m.

SEATTLE — The fight to achieve a $15 minimum wage in Seattle reaches a critical juncture this week. Either the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee (IIAC) will deliver an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage or Mayor Ed Murray has said he will put forward his own proposal. Corporate interests — which […]


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