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Archive for: September, 2014

PeaceHealth urged to invest in Whatcom Co.

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 24, 2014) — Some 300 healthcare workers and supporters gathered in front of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday to call for a greater investment in frontline care.  PeaceHealth, which made $40 million profit in 2013, has hiked employee healthcare costs and failed to keep […]

Why vote in 2014, health care deal, Sequim ruling…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014   ELECTION   ► At In These Times — Why vote in 2014 — In Ferguson, Missouri, a town where 67 percent of residents are black and 29 percent white, five of the six city council members are white, as is the mayor. This white-dominated city government employs a police force […]

Private prisons (again), invert THIS, lying ALEC…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Split may be forming at WFSE over adequacy of worker contract agreement — Former board member and longtime Olympia union activist Joe Nilsson is urging members of the Washington Federation of State Employees to reject pay raises of 3% and 1.8% on […]

Teamsters reach tentative deal at Fred Meyer

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Fred Meyer over a contract involving 388 warehouse workers employed at the company’s grocery distribution center in Puyallup. The union and the company reached the agreement late Monday night with the assistance […]

Jail time for wage theft, port job cuts, wasting taxes…

Monday, September 22, 2014   LOCAL   ► At — Fred Meyer workers: Teamsters have your back! — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has officially sanctioned strike benefits for 388 warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup and an additional 4,318 Teamsters who could become involved in connection with […]

WSLC’s Johnson: To address climate change, we must ‘think big’

SEATTLE (Sept. 22, 2014) — Following are Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson’s comments at the People’s Climate Rally on Sept. 21 in Seattle: Hello, my name is Jeff Johnson and I am the President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and also the co-chair of the Washington State Blue Green Alliance.  I […]

Seattle Univ. food workers win first contract

SEATTLE (Sept. 22, 2014) — After organizing to join UNITE HERE Local 8, food service workers at Seattle University overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract on Wednesday. The 150 workers serving students and faculty at Seattle University are employed by Bon Appetit Management Company and will receive substantial pay increases, lower-cost health benefits, and numerous […]

Income inequality, climate change must be tackled together

By K.C. GOLDEN and JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 22, 2014) — In the wake of the Great Recession, it’s easy to forget that the American economy can be a powerful engine for opportunity. But as the economy sputters back to life, it faces two great threats to broadly shared prosperity: Extreme inequity and disruptive climate change. […]

$15 enforcement, Ex-Im cronyism, Chuck E’s true love…

Friday, September 19, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Weekly — Organized labor looks to keep pressure on Seattle City Hall to enforce minimum wage — An event today at City Hall will try to shine a light on the need for clearer enforcement strategies and increased funding to make sure it happens. […]

State hospital nurses picket for safe staffing

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: (Sept. 19, 2014) — Citing concerns over safety for both patients and staff, nurses at Western State Hospital held an informational picket and Eastern State nurses marched on DSHS on Wednesday to call on Gov. Jay Inslee and CEOs Ron Adler and Dorothy Sawyer to address safety and […]


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