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Archive for: September, 2014

RTW hearing today, denying OT pay, T-Mobile’s ‘facade’…

Thursday, September 18, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► Today from The Olympian — State worker pay drought over? WFSE deal offers raises of 3%, 1.8% — Negotiators for Gov. Jay Inslee and the largest state employee union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, reach tentative accord at 1:23 a.m. ALSO TODAY at The Stand […]

WFSE tentative deal: First COLAs in 8 years

The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: (Sept. 18, 2014) — The General Government Bargaining Team for the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28 at 1:23 a.m. this morning reached tentative agreement with the state on a new two-year contract with the first cost-of-living pay raises in eight years — at least […]

Higher ed deals, Doug’s dough, hedging jobs & breadsticks…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Evergreen, WFSE agree to 3% pay hikes in 2015, 1% in 2016 — The two-year agreement, which still needs to be ratified by 307 workers and funded by the Legislature, comes at a time Gov. Inslee’s labor team is negotiating with two […]

American Airlines agents join Teamsters-CWA in ‘historic’ win

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2014) — In what Communications Workers of America (CWA) heralds as “the largest labor organizing victory in the South in decades,” passenger service agents at American Airlines voted to form a union after a 19-year struggle.  In the vote announced today, 86% of the 9,000 […]

Candidate comparisons fliers now available

(Sept. 17, 2014) — Nobody likes to be told how to vote — not by their union, or anybody else. However, surveys and focus groups of rank-and-file union members show that they do want to hear from their unions about why certain candidates have earned labor’s endorsement. Then they will decide for themselves how to […]

Updates on Casa Latina, SAGE, Sakuma Bros., wage theft

By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 15, 2014) — From the field last week: Casa Latina On Saturday night, Casa Latina had their 20th anniversary dinner at the Washington State Convention Center. Unlike in past years where the event was dominated by numerous auctions, this year was devoted to telling Casa Latina’s story. The theme for the […]

Blaine targeted, McCleary ASAP, GOP ♥’s Citizens United…

Monday, September 15, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the Bellingham Herald — Blaine voters may consider measure to weaken city-employees’ unions — Conservative activists have turned in signatures for two initiatives intended to challenge the political power of the unions representing city employees. If the petitions have the required number of signatures from registered […]

Volunteer for Labor’s Voice phone banks, walks

Phone banks statewide tomorrow, Thursday; walks Saturday in Tacoma, Vancouver   (Sept. 15, 2014) –There’s 50 days left until the General Election and the question posed in today’s New York Times editorial is, “Will voters realize that decisions made on Nov. 4 will reverberate in laws not passed, roads not built and jobs not created?” […]

Get continuing education credits at workers’ comp conference

OLYMPIA (Sept. 15, 2014) — Every two years, union members and others interested in Washington’s workers’ compensation system gather to hear from expert speakers and presenters about the changes and policy issues affecting the safety net for injured workers. The  2014 “Meeting of the Minds” Conference, sponsored by the Project Help program, will be Oct. […]

Contempt in Olympia, zombies in Spokane, Monkees in Clarksville…

Friday, September 12, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Legislature in contempt, gets reprieve to try again on school aid — For the first time in history, the Washington Supreme Court has held the Legislature in contempt for failing to obey a court order. The action comes as the court […]

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