The Stand
Archive for: January, 2015

New state alliance calls for jobs, clean energy

The following is from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2015) — Voices representing labor unions, businesses, public health advocates, diverse community organizations, and environmental organizations announced the formation of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy calling for job creation and building the clean energy economy through cutting global warming […]

Port progress, paid sick leave, billionaire party…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015   PORT CONTRACT   ► From AP — Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute — Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association […]

KIRO’s Dori Monson owes all longshore workers an apology

By VIVIAN J. MALAUULU (Jan. 27, 2015) — This is MY reply to Dori Monson, host of his self-titled talk show on Seattle’s KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, who referred to longshore workers as “thieves” and “criminals” on a segment which aired Tuesday, Jan. 20. Dear Mr. Monson: My name is Vivian and my husband, George, […]

Community to Tacoma council: Three sick days is not enough!

UPDATED (Jan. 28, 2015) — Following the Tacoma City Council’s passage of a paid sick leave ordinance, Healthy Tacoma released the following statement: People should not have to decide between staying home to get well and putting food on the table. It is common sense to make sure we all have the right to access […]

Lobbyist Bingo, 2nd best tax break, Murray takes a stand…

Monday, January 26, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In — It’s Bingo time at the State Legislature for poverty wage workers — Working Washington will hand out business lobbyist Bingo cards at the Capitol today, inviting everyone to play along during the House Labor Committee’s 1:30 p.m. hearing on bills to raise the minimum wage and establish […]

McCain’s job-killing plan to repeal Jones Act FAILS

UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2015) at AFL-CIO Now — McCain fails to move Jone Act repeal — A move by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to scuttle the nation’s key maritime law — the Jones Act — which put in jeopardy 400,000 shipbuilding, seafaring and supply chain jobs in the maritime industry, failed last week. McCain had […]

Port rally, Boeing accountability, logrolling, Monsters of Money…

Friday, January 23, 2015   PORT SHOWDOWN   ► From KOMO News — ‘We just want to work:’ Rallying cry for West Coast port workers — Some of the loudest full-throated cheers didn’t come from longshoremen. They came for a longshorewoman. “I’m a blue collar laborer like the rest of us,” said Meghan Mason, a […]

At ports, ILWU standing up for working people, middle class

By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 23, 2015) — In downtown Tacoma last night, about 1,000 union and community members rallied in support of the men and women from the ILWU who are being attacked by the Pacific Maritime Association. The PMA, in an employer dispute over coast-wide bargaining, has cut night shifts at the ports and […]

Boeing battles union, 11% raises, GOP opposes paid sick time…

Thursday, January 22, 2015   BOEING   ► In today’s P.S. Business Journal — Boeing fights back as momentum builds to unionize South Carolina plant — Machinists union organizers say they’re gathering momentum at Boeing’s plant in South Carolina, and believe they’re on the way to unionizing the plant there. “I’m optimistic we’re going to […]

Sign up! WSLC legislative events Feb. 19-20

OLYMPIA (Jan. 22, 2015) — The 2015 session of the Washington State Legislature is shaping up to be another challenging one. With the House and Senate controlled by different parties, legislators face significant operating and transportation budget challenges, and many pro-worker policy bills included in the Washington State Labor Council’s Shared Prosperity Agenda also await […]


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