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Archive for: June, 2014

SCOTUS blows, Boeing’s long view, Longview’s solidarity…

Monday, June 30, 2014   SUPREME COURT   ► This morning at Politico — Harris v. Quinn ruling: Unions hit, but not fatally, by SCOTUS — The Supreme Court Monday sided with home health care workers in Illinois who want out of a union but stopped short of a sweeping decision that could have decimated […]

Immigration reform: A year of shameful GOP obstruction

By RICHARD TRUMKA (June 30, 2014) — America’s greatest moments have come when we summon our better angels, when our messy democracy produces a shared vision for the next chapter in the American story. Immigration reform presents such a moment. Fixing our broken system and creating a road map to citizenship for 11 million people […]

High stakes at Boeing, ‘criminal scheme,’ MJ & JT…

Friday, June 20, 2014   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Outcome of Boeing-SPEEA dispute could have major implications — Two engineers are at the heart of a labor dispute that could have big implications for Boeing’s plan to move engineering work from metro Puget Sound — and away from union shops. If […]

Harrison hospital staff reaches tentative deal in Bremerton

BREMERTON (June 20, 2014) — The negotiating team for professional and technical workers at Harrison Medical Center (HMC) on Wednesday reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital after more than a year of negotiations. The deal comes eight days after employees overwhelmingly voted to authorize a one-day strike if their union, United Food and […]

Community to corporate leaders: Pay fair share for education

The following is from Stand Up 4 Education: SEATTLE (June 20, 2014) — Following on the heels of a state budget forecast that reflects insufficient funds for maintaining existing public services and fulfilling a constitutional obligation to fund public schools, a coalition of community members is going straight to the Washington Roundtable — one of […]

Franchises fight $15, health care ‘ideology,’ Katie Phar…

Thursday, June 19, 2014   MINIMUM WAGE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Forward Seattle renews effort to challenge city’s $15 minimum wage — The Seattle City Attorney’s office said the business group’s earlier effort to get a public vote on a city charter amendment wasn’t possible this year. Now, Forward Seattle is […]

Class of 2014 has lived through real world lesson in economics

By JOHN BURBANK (June 19, 2014) — Last week I got to watch the seniors at Ballard High School graduate into the next phase of their lives. They were happy. They had more than just made it through their childhoods. Some graduates had learned differential equations. Some, perhaps almost all, now know how to write […]

WSLC seeks applicants for Political Director

UPDATE (July 2014) — The executive officers of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO have decided to temporarily suspend the search for the WSLC’s new Political Director and fill that position in early 2015 after conducting a national search. (June 19, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has an opening for the position of Political […]

Forecasting cuts, Gilead’s ‘real huge value,’ war on voting…

Wednesday, June 18, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Washington state economist offers mixed revenue outlook — Washington’s projected tax revenues look slightly better than they did four months ago, but won’t add enough money to cover some of the state’s expected expenses in the coming years. When the pluses and minuses were […]

Vision 2025: Access to Social Security at stake

By J. DAVID COX (June 18, 2014) — There’s been lots of debate and discussion lately about how to shore up Social Security for future generations. But already there are dramatic changes underway that threaten to end Social Security as we know it — yet almost no one has even heard of it. The plan […]


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