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Archive for: December, 2014

End ‘bad trade’ to revive the American dream

By LEO W. GERARD (Dec. 16, 2014) — Under billions of tons of imports, the American dream is suffocating. The American people have lost faith. They know that bad trade has bled factories, middle-class jobs and wage increases from the country. A report issued last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how bad […]

Gov. Inslee wary of expanding investor rights in trade deals

OLYMPIA (Dec. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter last week to U.S. trade negotiators expressing concerns about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), a controversial provision in three major pending trade agreements. ISDS is a legal provision that has been quietly included in trade agreements over the last few decades that significantly expands the […]

New rule intends to reduce delays to union elections

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take […]

Prison labor, Boeing breaks, pension cuts…

Monday, December 15, 2014   PRISON LABOR   ► “Sell block: The empty promises of prison labor,” a special report in The Seattle Times: Part 1: Broken prison labor system fails to keep promises, costs millions — Today, some 1,600 incarcerated men and women in prison factories produce everything from dorm furniture to school lunches. […]

Tougher tax breaks, Wall Street’s failing pension, Nina ‘Cares for Me’…

Thursday, December 11, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KPLU — Legislative committee recommends toughening requirements for aerospace tax breaks — State Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) says says the Legislature should make changes to the existing tax breaks so that companies like Boeing have to show they’re adding or at least maintaining jobs here. […]

ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing over port delays

By DAVID GROVES The Stand TACOMA (Dec. 11, 2014) — “Are West Coast longshoremen spoiling Christmas?” That Politico headline from earlier this week tells you all you need to know about commercial shippers’ efforts to wring concessions at the bargaining table from thousands of longshore workers in Washington, Oregon and California. Citing competitive pressures in […]

Right-to-chair, federal surprises, TPP blackout, broke Millennials…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Gov. Jay Inslee to seek $1 billion in tax hikes in two-year budget — Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal for the next two years will include a request for $1 billion or more in higher taxes along with some program cuts, a delay […]

Federal spending bill includes TAA; Dems press for renewal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The omnibus federal spending bill released late Tuesday reportedly includes money to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance that would effectively keep the aid program, scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, running for another year. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sander Levin (D-MI) — as well as 30 […]

Port update, $15 for Tacoma, CPS ‘crisis,’ CEO moochers…

Tuesday, December 9, 2014   PORT CONTRACT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Ports’ slowdown continues — The heads of California’s two largest ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, joined the chorus of business people, port executives and farmers this week asking President Barrack Obama to appoint a federal mediator to help shippers and […]

Tacoma Comm. College staffers ratify historic first contract

TACOMA (Dec. 9, 2014) — After more than two years or bargaining with Tacoma Community College (TCC) management, Student Support Staff made history on Monday by unanimously ratifying their first-ever contract. It gives compensation increases and new workplace rights to some of the most familiar and trusted faces on the TCC campus, including academic advisors, […]

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