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Archive for: July, 2014

Inslee decision stops state from facilitating United Grain lockout

By JEFF JOHNSON (July 31, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO applauds Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to end the 10-month practice of having the Washington State Patrol escort state grain inspectors across the picket lines of locked-out members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union at United Grain at the Port of Vancouver. […]

Boeing rolls S.C. dice, new border crisis, U.S. vs. the world…

Thursday, July 31, 2014   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing will build largest 787 model only in South Carolina — Boeing confirmed that the largest version of its 787 Dreamliner — the 787-10, which was launched a year ago and so far has 132 orders — will be assembled exclusively in […]

Volunteers needed: Get out the Primary vote!

(July 31, 2014) — Labor’s Voice, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots political action program, is continuing to reach out to voters across the state and urge them to mail in their Primary Election ballots by Tuesday, Aug. 5. This summer and fall, Labor’s Voice volunteers are reaching out to ALL voters — not just […]

Lifting wages will help sustain, strengthen Social Security

By JOHN BURBANK (July 31, 2014) — This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades. The media hasn’t […]

Railing solo, highway cliff, San Diego acts, Walgreens’ shame…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014   RAILROADS   ► From KPLU — BNSF’s plan for one-person train crews concerns rail workers — Railroad workers are speaking out against a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to have single-employee freight train crews. They say the idea is unsafe, especially in light of the increasing transportation of […]

NLRB affirms McDonald’s responsibilities

The following is from Working Washington: (July 30, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday found that McDonald’s Corporation maintains such extensive control over operations at its franchisees that it functions as a joint employer and shares legal responsibility for employment conditions at franchised McDonald’s outlets. This decision confirms what workers have long […]

Good news spun bad, GOP self-hatred, Wall St. Traitors…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014   MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY   ► In the Washington Post — Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, trustee report says — Medicare’s financial health is improving, according to a new official forecast that says that the program will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than anticipated a […]

Training law ‘good news,’ but more needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015) — In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Congress has approved and last week President Obama signed new legislation governing federal workforce development, including provisions that the AFL-CIO reports will increase the voice of workers in the system. The House passed (415–6) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) […]

Highline nurses retain their health plan, win COLAs in deal

BURIEN (July 29, 2014) — Some 800 nurses and healthcare workers represented by SEIU HealthCare 1199NW at Highline Medical Center helped ensure quality care through a winning campaign to get the Franciscan Health System to invest in Burien’s hospital. “Good care comes from having experienced staff at your bedside and we want the best here […]

IAFF calls out looters of public pensions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2014) — Across America, state budgets are being balanced on the backs of current and former public employees by breaking commitments to fund their defined-benefit retirement plans. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is the latest to go this route, warning his state’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and other public employees last […]


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