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Archive for: October, 2014

Spooky medical debt, scary senates, Screamin’ Jay…

Friday, October 31, 2014   LOCAL   ► “Swedish’s medical debt is SPOOKY!” — As monsters and goblins run the streets of Seattle, community members shined Bat Lights reading “We Cause Terrifying Medical Debt” and “Profit-Driven Health Care Is Scary” on Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill Campus Thursday night — and will do so again […]

Bus drivers, supporters calling for Metro to restore service

The following is from Shop Floor 587: SEATTLE (Oct. 31, 2014) — Bus drivers, mechanics, and other members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587, in concert with concerned public organizations, are holding a Halloween Speak Out today to deliver the message: “Hey King County, Stop the Tricks! Restore Our Bus Service!” The protest, which […]

WSLC seeks rank-and-file committee nominees

(Oct. 31, 2014) — All union organizations affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are encouraged to nominate members to the WSLC’s standing committees. As of Dec. 31, 2014, there will be vacancies of terms expiring on the following active, high-profile committees: ►  Diversity Committee (6) ►  DOSH / Industrial Insurance Monitoring Committee (6) […]

Right-wing group’s tax-free status challenged

By DAVID GROVES The Stand TACOMA (Oct. 30, 2014) — The tax-exempt status of the Freedom Foundation is being challenged by a Tacoma attorney, who accuses the right-wing think tank of conducting attacks exclusively on Democratic politicians, intervening in political campaigns and conducting excessive partisan political activity, including supporting Republican candidates for public office. The […]

R.I.P. Rep. Freeman, no Fast Track, our GOP president…

Thursday, October 30, 2014   AEROSPACE   ► From Reuters — NLRB dismisses last complaints from Machinists’ contract vote — The Seattle NLRB office said it had received about 20 complaints stating Boeing had threatened workers in Washington state and engaged in unlawful bargaining by saying it would locate production of a forthcoming aircraft elsewhere […]

Victoria para Familias, Spendy McSpenderson, empathy deficit…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Skagit Valley Herald — Judge rules for Familias Unidas in latest Sakuma labor complaint — A Skagit County Superior Court judge again found in favor of farm workers Tuesday morning, saying that Sakuma Bros. Farms’ policies prohibiting visitors to worker cabins, as well as other […]

Why be WY? Business taxes already low here

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The Tax Foundation, a conservative corporate-funded think tank, on Tuesday released its annual 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index that “enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare.” For the third straight year, Washington state ranks 11th […]

Ed Murray to speak at WSLC holiday luncheon Nov. 19

SEATTLE — The officers and staff of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO invite all union members, staff and officers to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season — and the conclusion of the 2014 election — on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the WSLC’s annual luncheon at the Catholic Seafarer’s Center, 2330 1st Ave. in […]

Tacoma can do better, nonviable Eyman, holy union busting…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Tacoma council could consider paid sick-leave law by end of year — Workers would earn at least three paid sick days off a year under a tentative proposal from the mayor. TAKE A STAND! If you live in the Tacoma area, show […]

Quiet raises, Time vs. teachers, poor FedEx…

Monday, October 27, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — Nearly half of the middle-manager class in state government got raises last year — Pay for thousands of nonunion state government employees went up in the last year, well before September’s ratification of two dozen labor contracts promising the first general wage […]

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