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Archive for: May, 2014

We’re No. 4, predictable I-5 mess, Dems on TPP, blamin’ it all…

Friday, May 30, 2014   MINIMUM WAGE   ► At Slog — Seattle City Council votes $15 minimum wage out of committee — At a three-hour-long meeting this morning, the Seattle City Council debated more than a dozen amendments to the mayor’s proposed $15 minimum wage legislation, then unanimously passed the bill out of the […]

Seattle’s historic $15 wage measure advances

UPDATE (June 2, 2014) — In addition to today’s 1 p.m. rally before the 2 p.m. council meeting and vote (see below), the M.L. King County Labor Council encourages all to attend a post-vote cake and ice cream celebration of the good work Seattle has accomplished for working families. The event, hosted by the $15 […]

WSLC Women’s Committee seeks silent auction items

(May 30, 2014) — The Women’s Committee of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, holds a silent auction every year during the council’s annual convention. This auction raises money for scholarships for rank-and-file women to attend various labor-oriented institutes and schools throughout the summer months. This year, the scholarship fund will be able to send […]

Seattle tinkers, Supremes v. unions, #TBT…

Thursday, May 29, 2014   MINIMUM WAGE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Council members to weigh changes to minimum-wage plan — A special City Council committee on the minimum wage may vote Thursday on the mayor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour. The council could adopt an […]

Judge to Sakuma Brothers: Stop retaliation

(May 29, 2013) — Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook on Tuesday ordered Sakuma Brothers Farms to immediately stop retaliating against farm workers by barring them from employment because they engaged in strikes last season. Familias Unidas por la Justicia brought this case on behalf of its members seeking an emergency order because the […]

ACA challenges, deportation politics, trade losers…

Wednesday, May 28, 2014   AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   ► In the WSJ — New costs from health law snarl union contract talks — Disputes between unions and employers over paying for new costs associated with the Affordable Care Act are roiling labor talks nationwide. Unions and employers are tussling over who will pick up […]

Unions spread generosity with peanut butter

UPDATE: See photo below of Snohomish CLC’s haul. (May 28, 2014) — This year, the Pierce County Central Labor Council (PCCLC) challenged some other AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils to join them in collecting jars of peanut butter in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual food drive. The Snohomish County Labor Council and […]

McCleary clock, no dumping, Supreme threat…

Tuesday, May 27, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Lawmakers running out of time (editorial) — McCleary v. State is like a high-stakes poker game at this point, with state lawmakers betting the court won’t hold them in contempt of court before they convene the 2015 Legislature, which will be a […]

MayWorks 2014 wraps up this weekend in Seattle, Tacoma

(May 27, 2014) — The MayWorks celebration of labor history and culture is winding down with great events this weekend, including the MayWorks Wrap-Up Party this Saturday night in Seattle where the winners of this year’s video contest will be announced. Here’s what’s on tap: WORKERS’ VOICE PROJECT in Seattle — The Asian Pacific American […]

Amazon’s code, VA’s staffing, McD’s careers, what’s so funny…

Friday, May 23, 2014   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Security guard asks Amazon’s Bezos: What can your code of conduct do for me? — Daivon Young, who works for a company called Security Industry Specialists and is hired to guard Amazon headquarters, became an Amazon shareholder just to attend the meeting, so that […]


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