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Archive for: December, 2014

In major win, NLRB says PLU contingent faculty can unionize

The following is from Adjuncts and Contingents Together Washington, a project of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925: SEATTLE (Dec. 22, 2014) — In a groundbreaking decision with national implications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Friday that contingent faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) can form a union with SEIU […]

‘Reinvest in Washington,’ PMA’s PR, Brandi’s ‘Eye’…

Friday, December 19, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KPLU — Inslee proposes robust tax package for Washington state budget — “It is time to reinvest in Washington,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. He proposed that the state adopt a new capital-gains tax to help fund a $39 billion two-year budget that would prioritize […]

Inslee’s budget funds 1st state pay hikes in 7 years

OLYMPIA (Dec. 19, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a two-year budget on Thursday that funds all of the negotiated pay raises ratified by state employees this fall. For most, it would be the first general wage increases since 2008 — the longest state employees have gone without one since at least 1960. “Far too […]

Tacoma must do better on paid sick leave ordinance

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 19, 2014) — “Councilwoman Walker’s son, Michael, works for me at the Seattle Center. Michael is a great worker. I like Michael. What I want to ask is why, is it OK for Michael to earn 7 days of paid sick leave in Seattle, but for the sons and daughters of […]

Gap in port talks, Vermont gives up, Warren is wary…

Thursday, December 18, 2014   PORT CONTRACT TALKS   ► At Longshore & Shipping News — ILWU recesses caucus, awaits PMA response to contract proposal — Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal over the weekend, and on Monday returned it to the PMA with […]

Inslee’s bold climate plan addresses ‘common good’

SEATTLE (Dec. 18, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, introduced Gov. Jay Inslee at Wednesday’s press event unveiling the governor’s set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the State Legislature in 2008. Here are Johnson’s remarks from that […]

I-1351 is the law: Legislators need to fund smaller class sizes

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 18, 2014) — When is a law not a law? That seems to be the question taken up by The (Everett) Herald’s editorial board, education “reform” groups like Stand for Children, The Seattle Times, state legislators and now the governor. It is an odd question to ask, as it is directed […]

Cash for carbon, city councils act, Wall Street’s black hole…

Wednesday, December 17, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Inslee proposes carbon tax to fund transportation — After two years of watching gas-tax increases tank in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed Tuesday to take a new approach: Charge major polluters for the right to emit carbon. Inslee’s plan, featuring […]

Spokane council OKs Quality Jobs standards

SPOKANE (Dec. 17, 2014) — The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to approve ordinances designed to create local jobs and more apprenticeship opportunities for family-wage careers. The Spokane Alliance of area labor unions and community supporters packed the council chambers — in what Councilmember Jon Snyder called the biggest turnout of the year — […]

Port progress, neutral Catholics, crocodile tears…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   PORT CONTRACT TALKS   ► From Reuters — Longshore union, shippers see slow progress in U.S. West Coast port talks — The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks […]


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