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Archive for: October, 2014

One week left to get (or scare) out the vote; volunteer today!

UPDATE (Oct. 31, 2014) — Costumed WA YELLers scared out the vote Thursday night in Seattle at the Labor’s Voice phone bank. There’s still more opportunities to volunteer for GOTV activities this weekend (see the schedule below). SEATTLE (Oct. 28, 2014) — Just a week remains of organized labor’s get-out-the-vote efforts for an election that […]

Show your support for Philadelphia teachers

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 21, 2014) — In 2013, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC), a statewide committee whose members are appointed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, unilaterally laid off 3,800 employees, including teachers, counselors and other support staff to deal with the school district’s budget crisis. This year, with more cuts looming, the Philadelphia Federation of […]

Jobs to be had, funky voters, why pensions go risky…

Monday, October 20, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the Spokesman-Review — Avista sees range of job openings over next five to 10 years — Avista employees shared their stories with local job counselors this week, with the goal of encouraging others to consider careers in the energy industry. Utilities across the country are bracing for high […]

IEC Apprenticeship’s shutdown is a victory for tradeswomen

By NICOLE GRANT (Oct. 20, 2014) — Picture a construction worker and you likely imagine a strong, square-jawed man in a hard hat and Carhartts. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong. Less than 3% of all construction workers nationwide are women. This is a tragedy because construction offers some of the best jobs there are in terms […]

Video coverage of this year’s Spokane Labor Rally

SPOKANE (Oct. 20, 2014) — The Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliates hosted the 22nd annual Spokane Labor Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Rank-and-file union members and their families got to meet and mingle, enjoy some good food and drink, and hear from labor-endorsed candidates in […]

Right-wing Freedom Foundation swept, but still suing away

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Oct. 17, 2014) — The Freedom Foundation has now gone 0-for-4 — a sweep in baseball playoff parlance — in its campaign to politicize city governments’ collective bargaining negotiations and to weaken unions. But the litigious right-wing think tank has only just begun its legal assault on the targeted cities, […]

Yay Starbucks, office politics, reFugee rescue…

Friday, October 17, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Community colleges’ budget request is money well spent (editorial) — That $182 million does a great deal: $87.5 million for support of student degree and certificate programs, $51 million for basic education for adults, $29.1 million for investments in faculty and […]

Unions endorse oil distribution center proposal in Vancouver

The following is from the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Oct. 17, 2014) – Major construction trade unions in Southwest Washington and Oregon have endorsed the proposed crude oil distribution terminal at the Port of Vancouver and reached an agreement with Vancouver Energy to ensure the project is built with union labor. The […]

Special sessions, fan fairness, Medicaid’s meaning…

Thursday, October 16, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At PubliCola — A special session for transportation funding and not K-12 funding? — State Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) reportedly told a group of surprised regional leaders at their regular closed door meeting two weeks ago that following this year’s election there would be a […]

Gov. Inslee candid about state’s challenges at MLKCLC meeting

By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Oct. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about the challenges facing Washington state at Wednesday night’s delegate meeting of the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and then took questions in what became a frank exchange about everything from the latest Boeing tax break, to education and transportation […]


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