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Archive for: November, 2014

Sakuma workers win (again), McNerney vs. IRS, re: TPP…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — About 1,100 employees of Tacoma’s CHI Franciscan Health system go on 24-hour strike — Dozens of CHI Franciscan Health employees marched a picket line this morning at St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Clare Hospital, part of a 24-hour strike called during […]

1,100 healthcare workers go on strike in Pierce County

TACOMA (Nov. 18, 2014) — Pierce County needs quality, affordable healthcare and good jobs. Today, 1,100 healthcare workers are taking a stand to hold CHI-Franciscan to its responsibility to provide good care and good jobs in the community. The workers, united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, delivered notice to CHI-Franciscan St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma […]

Papers on ports, Walker’s ‘dream,’ inequality gets worse…

Monday, November 17, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Slowdown at ports needs quick solution (editorial) — The implications of labor strife along the West Coast are far-reaching and may call for federal intervention if the issues cannot be quickly resolved. Longshoremen make a fantastic living. Port businesses turn big profits. Their labor […]

How Walmart destroyed U.S. manufacturing

The following article by Molly McGrath and Brad Markell is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: (Nov. 17, 2014) — Walmart has spent millions of dollars in the past two years on public relations promotions, advertising and conferences, trying to convince us that it, well, cares about America. From championing hiring veterans (which is noble, yes, but […]

Port fingers, Obama orders, SCOTUS power grabs, heckuva song…

Friday, November 14, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s P.S. Business Journal — Ports to unions and its employer: stop finger pointing and get back to work — Contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA turned ugly at the beginning of November when the PMA sent out a press release blaming the union […]

Amid rallies against cuts, Postmaster resigns

(Nov. 14, 2014) — Those participating in today’s rallies in Seattle, Tacoma, Wenatchee and across the nation to oppose additional cuts at the U.S. Postal Service, now have something to celebrate. U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced this morning that he is stepping down, effective Feb. 1, 2015. That’s welcome news for the unions representing […]

Labor, allies will combat assaults on wages, Trumka says

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don’t pass. He […]

Attend WA Fair Trade Coalition’s fundraiser breakfast on Nov. 19

Every post-election analysis of what the Republican Congress and President Barack Obama could agree upon in 2015 includes the potential passage of trade agreements. That means potential approval of Fast Track authority for trade deals — now being negotiated in secret — to sail through Congress without amendment and the possible passage of the Trans-Pacific […]

Left behind in Seattle, postal protests, unions are sexy…

Thursday, November 13, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — As Seattle gets richer, the city’s black households get poorer — While Seattle’s median household income soared to an all-time high of $70,200 last year, wages for blacks nose-dived to $25,700 — a 13.5 percent drop from 2012. Among the 50 largest […]

Postal banking system makes more sense than USPS cuts

The following is from the Center for Economic and Policy Research: (Nov. 12, 2014) — The Washington Post called for further cuts to the Postal Service and implicitly cuts in pay and benefits in an editorial today. There are two points worth noting on its proposed agenda. First, the Postal Service has already experienced enormous […]


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