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Archive for: February, 2015

Strike drags on, Inslee monitors, trading away America, The Emotions…

Thursday, February 26, 2015   REFINERY STRIKE   ► From Reuters — U.S. refinery strike continues with no steps toward settlement — The largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 continued through its 25th day on Wednesday with no movement toward renewed talks to end a walkout by 6,550 union workers at 15 plants, including 12 […]

Massive walkout at Seattle U. in support of adjunct faculty

The following is from Adjuncts and Contingents Together Washington, a project of the SEIU Local 925. SEATTLE (Feb. 26, 2015) — Hundreds of Seattle University faculty and students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday in support of quality education, fair compensation and the right of SU faculty to unionize. It was one of the largest […]

Respect pickets: Building Trades, USW resolve refinery issues

ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2015) — The following Joint Statement from Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, was released today: There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding the scope of our members’ work. […]

WSLC Legislative Update: Which side are they on?

House floor votes imminent on minimum wage, sick leave, retaliation   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Feb. 25, 2015) — “Which Side Are You On?” That question from a classic union anthem was repeatedly posed by Lynne Dodson, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, to several hundred union members […]

TVW examines state employee pay raises

OLYMPIA (Feb. 25, 2015) — The latest edition of TVW’s “The Impact” examined the issue of funding state employee contracts that would grant Washington’s public workers their first cost-of-living pay raises in seven years — 3 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2016. The report features an interview with June Robinson, who works at […]

Spreading strike, Boeing chips in, GOP’s DHS trainwreck…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015   REFINERY STRIKE   ► From Reuters — Union chief says U.S. refinery strike could spread — The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, USW International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. A total of 6,550 USW members […]

DHS shutdown dangerous, demoralizing

By J. DAVID COX (Feb. 25, 2015) — The current congressional stalemate over funding the Department of Homeland Security past the end of the week has real-world implications for everyone in this country. DHS’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all U.S. residents. Anything that disrupts that mission puts all of […]

UW School of Law, UAW 4121 announce reboot of legal clinic

SEATTLE (Feb. 25, 2015) — The University of Washington School of Law and UAW Local 4121, the union for Academic Student Employees at UW, announced plans Tuesday to work together to re-envision the law school’s clinical work in employment law. In the recent past, clinic students have represented workers in efforts to enforce their legal […]

Boeing’s breaks, price of politics, stifling cities…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015   BOEING’S BREAKS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — WTO to review European claims of illegal tax breaks for Boeing 777X — The World Trade Organization on Monday agreed to set up a panel to examine European Union allegations that Washington state’s $8.7 billion in Boeing tax breaks to land […]

Texas, Big Oil put higher ed money where their mouths are

By BILL LYNE (Feb. 24, 2015) — So University of Washington President Michael K. Young has gone the way of Mark Emmert, leaving our fair state to chase every college president’s dream of someday getting paid like an assistant football coach. Much speculation has ensued as to why anyone would leave a badass research institution […]


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