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Archive for: November, 2014

Airlines’ lawsuit to deny raises at Sea-Tac Airport pure ‘chutzpah’

By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Nov. 12, 2014) — Even if you don’t come from a Yiddish-speaking household, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the colloquial term “chutzpah:” Sheer gall or arrogance; temerity. As in, “He had the chutzpah, after killing his parents, to beg for mercy from the court because he was an orphan.” […]

Noncompete nonsense, AWB blinders, Boeing outsourcing…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Congestion at ports rattles growers, importers and truckers — Pressure is mounting for terminal operators and West Coast unions to reach an agreement so container shipping in Seattle, Tacoma and other ports can return to normal. Meanwhile, food containers are at risk […]

Labor, community activism is saving clinics in King County

AUBURN (Nov. 12, 2014) — Last summer, a major budget shortfall at Public Health — Seattle & King County due to declines in state and federal funding threatened to close four of county’s 10 public health clinics. Since then, many have been involved in the struggle to keep these clinics open, including city and county […]

Sea-Tac airlines sue, vets helping vets, Dem wages…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Airlines sue Port of Seattle over Sea-Tac Airport wage hikes — Airlines flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are suing the airport’s operator, the Port of Seattle, over the port’s summertime decision to mandate higher wages at the airport. The airlines’ […]

ACA helping, but more can be done for those who need care

By ROBERTA RILEY (Nov. 11, 2014) — I was slogging around the east side of Seattle’s Key Arena in my rain boots, brandishing my umbrella against the storm, when I nearly stumbled into a guy padlocking his bike to a rack. Soaking wet, he looked up and asked, “Do you know how to get inside […]

Port power, paying for 1351, typo activism…

Monday, November 10, 2014   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Trade organizations ‘feeling powerless,’ call for federal mediator as ports’ labor dispute heats up — Experts say disputes in labor negotiations between the ILWU and its employer, the Pacific Maritime Association, could be based on a plethora of issues including changes […]

For employers, Washington state is among cheapest for workers’ comp

UPDATED (Dec. 1, 2014) — L&I has announced that the average increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2015 will be less than half of the amount initially proposed. Thanks to improved third-quarter financial numbers the average rate increase will be 0.8 percent instead of the previously proposed 1.8 percent increase described in the report below. […]

Election redux, WTO-Seattle at 15, SayLUX, ‘i’ Kendrick…

Thursday, November 6, 2014   LOCAL ELECTIONS   ► At The Stand — Amid low voter turnout, GOP takes control — This posting from yesterday has been updated with the latest returns. Click here for the latest results at the Secretary of State’s website. ► In today’s Seattle Times — Inslee committed to pursuit of […]

Voters mostly opted out, but were clear on economic issues

By JEFF JOHNSON (Nov. 6, 2014) — A lot of Republicans won on Tuesday; both here and around the country. Contrary to the pronouncements of political operatives, there was not a repudiation of one party’s values and the crowning of another’s. The truth is the majority of those registered and eligible to vote, chose not […]

Know your state legislators, urge them to do the right thing

By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 6, 2014) — In about a week, when all the ballots are counted, we will know for sure who will be our elected public servants for the next few years. But ask your friends and neighbors the simple question: Who are the state senator and representatives for the area where you […]

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