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Archive for: January, 2015

Priority hire, SOTU redux, we’re no. 9…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle takes step to hire more workers from distressed areas — The Seattle City Council approved a new “priority hire” ordinance Tuesday that aims to put more people from economically distressed local neighborhoods to work on large city construction projects. Between 2009 […]

Keep calling Congress, urging them to ‘Say NO to Fast Track’

UPDATE — This important effort has been extended to urge folks to continue calling. Thank you to all who have already called — and those of you who are about to — for making your voices heard! (Jan. 21, 2015) — Add your voice to the many thousands of Americans who are calling today to […]

Congress trades away authority, responsibility with ‘Fast Track’

By LYNNE DODSON (Jan. 21, 2015) — As the highly unpopular 113th Congress finished its second session, most of Washington’s Congressional delegation missed a great chance to stand up against an undemocratic procedure known as “fast track.” This 1970s-era tactic has been used to railroad the most controversial and damaging of U.S. “trade” deals through […]

Obama’s State of the Union was ‘right message at right time’

(Jan. 21, 2015) — Following are statements by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson regarding President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. RICHARD TRUMKA: “The president’s focus on raising wages through collective bargaining, better paying jobs, a fairer tax code, fair overtime rules, and expanded access […]

Wednesday will be National “No Fast Track” Call-In Day

(Jan. 20, 2015) — As you read this, the White House has launched a full-court press to pressure democrats in Congress to support “fast track” legislation that would speed approval of major trade agreements — which have been negotiated in secret — without Congressional debate and amendment. That’s why everyone who opposes trade deals that […]

Some new bills are smart, some are ALEC

Paid sick leave, minimum wage bills introduced   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Jan. 20, 2015) — Last week, a bill-sponsorship event was held to celebrate the introduction of two historic bills that are part of the Washington State Labor Council’s Shared Prosperity Agenda: a paid sick and safe leave standard […]

New MLK Day, toss ag-gag, Gipper’s still got it…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   MLK DAY   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Race issues and recent police clashes at heart of MLK rally — One after another, pastors and civic leaders spoke Monday of police brutality and racism and of how decades after the civil-rights movement, the problems still linger, the feelings still […]

Full-port press, tax the rich, miracle at the Clink…

Monday, January 19, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Tri-City Herald — State legislators told to expect longtime hits from export slowdown — “There is no doubt that this ongoing dispute and the resulting slowdown at our ports is having a devastating impact on our economy and jobs, especially for our agricultural community […]

WSLC President’s Report: Week 1 in Olympia full of surprises

PRESIDENT’S REPORT By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 19, 2015) — As we celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King today and as we continue to struggle extreme income inequality, I am reminded of the words he wrote in 1967 in his book Where Do We Go From Here? A true revolution […]

ILWU, community rally Jan. 22 in Tacoma

UPDATE (Jan. 23, 2015) — Here is news coverage of Thursday’s community rallies: ► 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 […]


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