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Archive for: October, 2014

Seattle needs community groups for $15 enforcement, report says

SEATTLE (Oct. 27, 2014) — Seattle made history by becoming first city in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum wage, but it will need to strengthen its labor standards enforcement to ensure that workers get the raise due to them — and community groups should play a key role in that effort, according to […]

Higher education summit aims to reverse disinvestment

TACOMA — In an effort to address the state’s declining investment in higher education before the 2015 legislative session, students, faculty, community organizations, and labor unions will meet on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Tacoma to develop strategies and solutions to reverse this trend during the 2015 session. A number of state legislators and policymakers plan […]

Roads to ruin, Cherry Point’s impact, best lullaby ever…

Friday, October 24, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — A reminder about our failing roads, bridges (editorial) — Politics can be so confusing. Powerful statewide business interests want the Legislature to invest at least $7 billion to repair and improve the state transportation system. So you would think Republicans, who are […]

Sleazy campaigns, Boeing breaks, GOP plans…

Thursday, October 23, 2014   ELECTION   EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometime this morning, The News Tribune removed the following editorial from its website. We have inquired as to why. UPDATE: The News Tribune says this editorial — intended for Friday’s edition — was posted online inadvertently and “still needed some editing.” The new version should be […]

Initiative 1351: A mandate for our schools, our kids, our future

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 23, 2014) — It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voters’ pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for the candidates and issues which we support. One of […]

Boeing profits on automatic, yes on 1351, Gonzaga union…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014   BOEING   ► From AP — Passenger jets push Boeing’s profit up 18 percent — Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. The company is increasing its production […]

Find your ballot, fill it out, and mail it in!

OLYMPIA (Oct. 22, 2014) — Voter turnout for the Aug. 5 primary election was abysmal in Washington state and was historically low nationwide. Fewer than one in three registered voters in our state bothered filling out and mailing in their ballots, and in some states (Nevada and Iowa) fewer than one in 10 registered voters […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern for 2015 session

OLYMPIA (Oct. 22, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 400,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2015 legislative session. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 1. Here is the job posting: Legislative Intern The […]

Dave Myers: ‘A leader who walks and talks labor solidarity’

By JEFF JOHNSON (Oct. 21, 2014) — I want to take a moment and thank a young, forward-thinking labor leader who walks and talks labor solidarity. Dave Myers has left the position of Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and has accepted a position as an International Representative for […]

Gridlock’s cost, ‘please stop breaking the law,’ who needs you…

Tuesday, October 21, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Study: Invest $7 billion in state transport needs, $42 billion in benefits will come to state — The payback from state transportation investments will yield a sixfold payback: $42 billion in economic benefits from $7 billion invested. That’s a key […]


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