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Archive for: January, 2015

Bills moving, Beast Mode’s ‘work to rule,’ remember the Alamo guy…

Friday, January 30, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From the WA Work & Family Coalition — Legislature takes a step toward paid sick days — here’s what’s next — On Monday, legislators heard passionate testimony from a school nurse, a grocery worker, a small business owner, a domestic violence advocate and a senior — all […]

Rally Feb. 20 at Capitol for shared prosperity

OLYMPIA (Jan. 30, 2015) — The Washington State Labor Council, its affiliated unions, and community supporters of the 2015 Shared Prosperity Agenda will rally on the Capitol steps at noon on Friday, Feb. 20. BE HEARD! Join hundreds of public- and private-sector workers standing together to call for: ■  Investment in schools, transportation, infrastructure, and […]

Unfair taxes, PLU leads the way, union organizing…

Thursday, January 29, 2015   TAX REFORM   ► At Slog — We need to become a state where everyone pays their fair share (by Gov. Jay Inslee) — Our tax system is the most unfair in the nation. According to a report released this month by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Washington […]

OPEIU 8 members honored for award-winning training film

  OLYMPIA (Jan. 29, 2015) — At last weekend’s Membership Assembly of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8, the union’s members who participated in the production and filming of “Weingarten Rights” were presented the International Labor Communications Association’s First Place Award for a video short. Feel free to share this informative video, which was […]

Legislative Update: Give the people what they want!

House panel hears popular bills on minimum wage, paid sick leave   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2015) — It’s hard to find legislative issues more popular across party lines than raising the minimum wage and allowing all workers to earn paid sick leave. Both issues played prominently in […]

C2C hosts Farmworker Tribunal, Reception on Feb. 3 in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Community to Community Development (C2C), the non-profit grassroots organization founded by farmworkers to promote an equitable food system and access to fundamental democratic processes, is hosting a Farmworkers Legislative Tribunal and Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Olympia. Download the event flier. C2C invites all to participate in informational activities that day regarding issues […]

Some sick leave, GOP may deny raises, who says 1% can’t have it all…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Tacoma paid sick leave law passes — Businesses will have to provide employees who work in Tacoma at least three days of paid sick leave beginning next year. The Tacoma City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to adopt the sick leave law after […]

St. Joseph, St. Clare hospital workers in Tacoma win contract

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: TACOMA (Jan. 28, 3015) — After months of calling for CHI Franciscan to invest in Tacoma patients and a public hearing, an informational picket, and a one-day strike, workers at St. Joseph and St. Clare hospitals ratified their new contract at 8 p.m. Tuesday that includes a voice […]

TCCH health care workers take their case to board

UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2015) — News coverage in the Tri-City Herald — Tri-Cities Community Health employees picket, may strike — About 150 Tri-Cities Community Health employees have been working under an expired contract since fall 2013, and they may strike after months of negotiations have failed to yield a new agreement. Office and Professional Employees […]

Let’s extend passion of 12’s to passing $12 minimum wage

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 28, 2015) — 12… 12… 12… It seems that everywhere we look, we see 12. Windows, doors, cars, shirts, socks…12, 12, 12. Which is as it should be, leading up to the 2nd Super Bowl in a row for the Seahawks. There are 11 Seahawks on the field at any one […]


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