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We react on immigration, we love USPS, we fear Shia…

Friday, November 21, 2014   IMMIGRATION   ► In today’s NY Times — Obama, daring Congress, acts to overhaul immigration — The president chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and all but dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to […]

Week of ‘Black Friday’ events slated at every Walmart in state

(Nov. 21, 2014) — During the week of “Black Friday” holiday shopping, OUR Walmart, community supporters and organizations are collectively planning to have an action at each of the 64 Walmart stores in Washington state. These are part of a nationwide series of actions that will showcase how widespread the call for change at Walmart […]

Labor leaders hail Obama immigration order

(Nov. 21, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement Thursday night in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of an executive order on immigration: President Obama’s executive order creating administrative relief for up to five million immigrant workers is truly a ray of hope in what […]

Smith, Kilmer urge swift renewal of TAA by year’s end

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Thursday introduced a Senate companion bill to the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Charles B. Rangel (D-MI). These bills would renew TAA, which is set to expire on Dec. […]

Immigration (finally), WA flies blind, lost souls…

Thursday, November 20, 2014   IMMIGRATION   ► In today’s NY Times — Obama’s immigration plan could shield 4 million — Up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation and allows those with no criminal […]

Voters sent clear message on paid sick days, minimum wage

By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 20, 2014) — The elections that just concluded helped to resolve nothing in our state. We will have a small Republican majority in the State Senate and a small Democratic majority in the State House. They won’t agree on much of anything. Perhaps the Legislature can take a few hints from […]

Sea-Tac Airport workers to Alaska Airlines: Stop robbing us

The following is from Working Washington: SEATAC (Nov. 20, 2014) — More than 100 airport workers and community supporters with Working Washington protested Alaska Airlines’ efforts to rob SeaTac of its $15 minimum wage Wednesday, culminating in the rush-hour arrest of four people — including Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant — for engaging in peaceful civil […]

Amazon settles, GOP preps, overtime pay disappears…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014   LOCAL   ► From Bloomberg — Amazon worker forces changes as NLRB settles claim —  Amazon Inc. agreed to change some of the rules for workers at the web retailer’s warehouses in the U.S. so that employees can communicate about pay and working conditions without fear of retaliation. The deal could […]

Healthcare workers more united after striking CHI Franciscan

TACOMA (Nov. 19, 2014) — CHI Franciscan should care for Pierce County patients, not Denver executives.  The 1,100 workers who went on strike for better care and better jobs are returning to work today, stronger and more united, and intent on continuing the fight for CHI Franciscan to invest in care and caregivers. CHI Franciscan, […]

Let’s get off the hamster wheel on international trade

By CELESTE DRAKE In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.” On the issue of trade, investment, and global economic rules, America’s workers — and our brothers and […]

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