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Archive for: December, 2014

Tacoma council meets Tuesday on paid sick leave

TACOMA (Dec. 9, 2014) — The good news: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has announced that she will introduce a city paid sick leave ordinance today at special City Council meeting at 3 p.m. at Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. The bad news: Reports indicate that Strickland negotiated provisions with the Washington Retail […]

‘Feasible’ contracts, hockey children, Ducks walk…

Monday, December 8, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Slog — We can’t address climate change without addressing income inequality (by De’Sean Quinn and Remy Trupin) — In the near future, Governor Jay Inslee will propose major legislation to combat global warming at the state level. His action recognizes that climate change is one […]

Election results announced for WA State Labor Council officers

SEATTLE (Dec. 8, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization representing the interests of some 400,000 rank-and-file members across the state, announced on Monday the election winners who will be sworn in as WSLC officers in February 2015 to serve 4-year terms on the council’s Executive Board. Per the […]

Marching for $15, pensions at risk, E’s brother blows your mind…

Friday, December 5, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Workers rally across region to demand higher minimum wage — “What do we want? 15!” chanted the marchers, “When do we want it, now!” It was a slogan that echoed across the region as workers gathered at other restaurants in Aberdeen, […]

Fair wages, quality public services embody holiday season’s values

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 5, 2014) — Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogs, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex. We Americans like to wrap ourselves in football, new automobiles, beer, espresso drinks and other things, or, at […]

Come check out WSLC’s (and The Stand’s) new Seattle offices

SEATTLE — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization which represents the interests of some 400,000 members throughout the state, invites all union leaders, staffers and rank-and-file members — and members of allied progressive organizations — to a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 […]

Fast-food strikes, cost of Boeing tax cuts, Obama vs. Warren…

Thursday, December 4, 2014   FAST-FOOD STRIKE   ► From Al Jazeera America — Fast food workers, other low-wage employees launch nationwide strike — Fast-food workers in roughly 190 cities nationwide are set to walk off the job Thursday morning, demanding an industry-wide base wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a […]

County donates van to replace one stolen from Labor Agency

SEATTLE (Dec. 4, 2014) — In time for the holiday season, King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Larry Phillips on Tuesday announced the donation of a surplus county van to help a local service agency deliver food, toiletries and diapers to families in need. The donated van replaces one that was stolen last […]

Congestion’s cost, Amazon men, ‘bonus’ tax breaks…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s P.S. Business Journal — WSDOT: Freight congestion could cost Washington $3.3 billion, tens of thousands of jobs — The just-released Washington State Freight Plan, the most comprehensive Washington state has ever attempted, said that failure to improve conditions will lead to freight congestion, and […]

San Francisco leads the way on fair scheduling in retail

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 3, 2014) — This city has taken a big step in the right direction by passing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will end abusive scheduling practices and improve work environments for more than 40,000 workers at 1,250 locations in the city. The bill still […]


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