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Archive for: May, 2014

Unions WORK! Help AFSCME spread the word to all

(May 23, 2014) — The evidence is very clear: unions work. Pretty much everyone benefits when workers have a strong voice and can actively participate in collective bargaining. Now AFSCME has created a new tool to help spread this message far and wide. Unions WORK is the new website AFSCME created to help you spread […]

Attend Social Security forums on June 4-5

A growing national movement to strengthen and expand Social Security is taking hold, pushing back against decades of misinformation and political attacks by opponents. Join Social Security Works-Washington at two free public forums on the future of America’s pension — Social Security: Wednesday, June 4 in Seattle from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bethany United […]

Return of $15 Now, McCleary contempt, Elsie Parrish…

Thursday, May 22, 2014   LOCAL   ► At Slog — Is Mayor Murray’s landmark $15 minimum wage deal unraveling before our eyes? — Heading into the first city council meeting on the mayor’s minimum-wage legislation today, council members face a rapidly changing landscape from what looked like a done deal just days ago. Key […]

Clean water and air — brought to you by good government

By JOHN BURBANK (May 22, 2014) — I was thirsty this morning, so I went to the sink, turned on the tap, filled a glass, and drank some water. We do this every day. We don’t worry about the quality of the water, the pipes that bring it into our homes, the reservoir where water […]

Jon Holden, Cariño Barragán sworn in as WSLC VPs

SEATTLE (May 22, 2014) — Jon Holden of Machinists (IAM) District Lodge 751 and Cariño Barragán Talancón of Casa Latina are the two newest Vice Presidents of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, after being sworn into office at the council’s Executive Board meeting earlier this month. The WSLC is the largest union organization in […]

WFSE optimistic as state contract talks begin

The following is crossposted from the Hotline of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (May 21, 2014) — It seems the whole world is watching our Federation General Government Bargaining Team, which formally kicked off contract talks with Gov. Inslee’s negotiators Tuesday. “Talks begin for new state worker contracts for pay […]

Settling for less, federal austerity, skilled berry picking…

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Court decision could mean more settlements for injured workers — Injured workers in Washington have been choosing over the past few years whether to take a cash settlement in compensation for their injuries instead of a lifetime pension. But the state […]

Head, Heart, Hands & Feet: Exercise your union solidarity

(May 21, 2014) — Solidarity is the watch-word of the labor movement, and it is a wonderful concept. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder — raising our voices together — fighting for the greatest good for the greatest number. Labor history is chock full of inspiring stories about workers struggling together in solidarity with both hopeful and painful results. […]

‘Unacceptable’ pay freeze, BHR contract, ALEC-land…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At — Inslee: ‘Unacceptable’ that state employees have gone without pay raise — On the eve of bargaining, Gov. Jay Inslee said it’s “unacceptable” that state employees have gone six years without a pay raise. “It’s just clear to me that it’s unacceptable that state […]

Teamsters 117: Uber drivers form App-Based Drivers’ Association

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATTLE (May 20, 2014) — Uber and UberX drivers met in Tukwila on Sunday to begin the process of forming an association which will work with Teamsters Local 117. The drivers voted to approve by-laws, and they elected a 7-member leadership council that will run the day-to-day operations […]


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