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Archive for: June, 2014

Rep. Adam Smith calls for justice for Nestora Salgado

The following is crossposted from the Seattle University School of Law: SEATTLE (June 17, 2014) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) joined advocates at Seattle University School of Law on Monday to speak in strong support of Nestora Salgado-García, the U.S. citizen from Renton who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August. “I […]

Fish fight, free Nestora, LGBT order, CEO overconfidence…

Tuesday, June 17, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Unions join fight over how much fish state’s residents eat — Unions representing Boeing Machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be. The IAM, […]

Labor-management relations conference June 26 in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Association of Labor Relations Agencies (ALRA) will hold its 2014 Conference next week at the Hilton Seattle Hotel. Of particular interest to union leaders, staffers and activists will be the Advocates’ Day on Thursday, June 26, which brings together public and private sector labor and management representatives, and labor relations neutrals from […]

State budget crisis, health care fail, hidden money’s cost…

Monday, June 16, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At PubliCola — Sobering slide show adds to McCleary crisis — Last week’s Washington State Supreme Court ruling demanding that the state explain why it has come up short on the Court’s 2012 McCleary mandate to fully fund education (with a warning that the Court is going to […]

Tell Tacoma Comm. College: Two years of bargaining is too long

TACOMA (June 16, 2014) — More than two years ago, Student Support Staff (unionized exempt staff) at Tacoma Community College (TCC) became part of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28. But after two years of negotiations, TCC Student Support Staff are still without a contract. That’s just wrong. Tacoma Community College management […]

Longview labor rally, ‘F’ on funding, blue-collar votes, Cheesy Days…

Friday, June 13, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Labor Council holding rally to support local unions negotiating contracts — The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council will hold a solidarity rally Saturday as several unions prepare to negotiate with local employers. Council President Kyle Mackey said the AWPPW, ILWU and other […]

Washington is ranked as the best state to work

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (June 13, 2014) — Every year, corporate lobbying groups inundate Washington’s elected officials with state-by-state rankings in an effort to convince them to change policies. These rankings tend to be about business competitiveness — how the state compares to others on everything from workers’ compensation premiums, to unemployment insurance costs, […]

Local forums boost movement to strengthen Social Security

By ROBBY STERN (June 13, 2014) — The goal of preserving and strengthening Social Security and passing it on to future generations continues to gain momentum. On June 4th and 5th, Social Security Works WA, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI), and National Organization for Women (NOW) sponsored two well-attended forums. […]

IAM’s Whidbey deal, hilarious lawsuit, highway jobs at risk, #TBT…

Thursday, June 12, 2014   LOCAL   ► At Slog — Farmworkers reach $850K settlement with Sakuma Bros. over unpaid wages, breaks — One of the plaintiffs, farmworker Ana Lopez, who worked 293 days during the claims period, will receive at least $1,707 under the agreement. The settlement also applies to workers like 15-year-old Luis, […]

Sakuma farm workers win record wage settlement

The following is from Columbia Legal Services: SEATTLE (June 12, 2014) — Under a settlement agreement submitted to federal court for approval, Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. in Burlington, Wash., has agreed to pay a total of $850,000 and to change certain employment practices the workers alleged were unlawful. This is the largest farm worker wage […]


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