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Archive for: August, 2014

Voting rights, inversion Whopper, how to manage a Walmart…

Monday, August 25, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Yakima H-R — Federal judge rules against Yakima in voting rights case — After two years of litigation, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union in its voting rights lawsuit against the city of Yakima, bringing potentially dramatic change […]

Join nurses’ picket Aug. 25 at Providence Holy Family

UPDATE — Informational picketing at Providence Holy Family Hospital was a huge success on Monday, Aug. 25 (see more photos here). The Washington State Nurses Association sent this message to The Stand: The Washington State Nurses Association and Registered Nurses at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane thank our labor partners and community members for […]

Railing solo, pension cuts, S.C. organizing, “Crazy”…

Thursday, August 21, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Worker electrocuted at Edmonds construction site — A 38-year-old man was fatally electrocuted in a construction accident at Swedish/Edmonds hospital on Wednesday afternoon, according to Edmonds police. EDITOR’S NOTE — The victim was reportedly a member of Laborers Local 440. Our sincere […]

Moral Week of Action in Olympia is Aug. 22-28

OLYMPIA (Aug. 21, 2014) — The Puget Sound and Pierce County Chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will be sponsoring a week of rallies beginning Friday, Aug. 22 in Olympia as part of a nationwide “Moral Week of Action” to call attention to state policies that are violating moral standards and civil […]

Microsoft quits ALEC, cheats and maimers, Kareem nails it…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At TPM — Microsoft ditches ALEC in latest blow to conservative bill mill — Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group’s lobbying against renewable energy. Microsoft joins Coca-Cola, […]

It’s time to derail Norwegian Air scheme to undermine good jobs

By ED WYTKIND (Aug. 20, 2014) — Congress may be on break, but this month the Obama administration faces a watershed decision with huge implications for the global aviation industry and its workforce. By Aug. 31, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption that would allow […]

Labor appeals, economics of Ferguson, humans need not apply…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Unions appeal judge’s ruling, seek separate votes on Seattle pre-K, child care plans — A union-backed advocacy group for Seattle childcare workers has appealed a lower court ruling that pits a voter initiative the group favors, Initiative 107, against a city-endorsed pre-kindergarten proposal on […]

After a year in prison, join the effort to Free Nestora Salgado

(Aug. 19, 2014) — Nearly one year ago, on Aug. 21, 2013, Renton resident Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a legal indigenous community defense force in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested. For 12 months, she has been imprisoned in Mexico on false charges and denied the right to see […]

Forging a union, winning a deal, buying off big business…

Monday, August 18, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Machinists unionize leading Seattle manufacturing powerhouse Jorgensen Forge — One of Seattle’s oldest and most powerful manufacturers has been unionized by the Machinists, the most recent in a string of union successes. The two-thirds vote by 100 workers to unionize Jorgensen […]

Join America’s labor movement through Working America

(Aug. 18, 2014) — Many people don’t have access to a union on the job, but support workers’ rights and the labor movement. In case you haven’t heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy. Become part of the […]


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