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Archive for: February, 2015

Washington state’s tax system: Unfair and outdated (video)

(Feb. 24, 2015) — USA Today recently reported that Washington state has “by far the most regressive tax system nationwide.” Meanwhile, chronic underfunding of basic education, mental health, higher education, and other basic state functions has state legislators facing “contempt of court” charges. How did this happen? In this must-see video, Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), […]

Bustling ports, rally redux, Fast Track, ‘cowardly’ Walker…

Monday, February 23, 2015   PORT CONTRACT   ► From AP — Longshore union, port operators prepare to vote on proposed agreement — West Coast dockworkers and their employers ended their nine-month standoff Friday evening with a tentative five-year contract deal, averting a shutdown of 29 ports. Labor secretary Tom Perez brokered a compromise on […]

Blue-green tour urges opposition to Fast Track, TPP (video)

TACOMA (Feb. 23, 2015) — In a park overlooking the Port of Tacoma, port workers, environmental and community advocates rallied Feb. 17 in opposition to Fast Track legislation for a proposed international trade pact called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). It was the second stop of a “Fair Trade or BusTour” that begin in Mount […]

Labor, community call for Shared Prosperity at Olympia rally

OLYMPIA (Feb. 23, 2015) — Some 800 union members and their supporters gathered Friday on the steps of the State Capitol to rally in support of the Washington State Labor Council’s Shared Prosperity Agenda and against legislative attacks on workers’ freedom of association, apprenticeship programs, and wage standards. “Working people have come to the Capitol […]

ILWU, shippers reach tentative agreement for West Coast ports

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union released the following statement Friday night, Feb. 20, 2015: The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports. The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor […]

Port deadline, ‘kids before concrete,’ not napkin worthy…

Friday, February 20, 2015   Today’s news is a bit abbreviated because the Entire Staff of The Stand is busy at the WSLC Legislative Conference that precedes today’s big Labor Rally at noon on the Capitol Steps. We’ll see you there!   PORT NEGOTIATIONS   ► Today from AP — Perez gives 2 sides in […]

WSLC: Our Walmart deserves credit for long-overdue raises

OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2015) — The following statement was issued today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: I want to recognize the courage, bravery and tenacity of the workers and community members of “Our Walmart” who have forced the Walmart Corporation to raise wages to $9 an hour this April, […]

Depoliticize disappointing transportation package

OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2015) — The following statement was issued today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: I want to thank state Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, for addressing the executive board of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, yesterday on the transportation package he […]

Social Security forum on Feb. 23 in Seattle

SEATTLE — From the Silent Generation to Baby Boomers, from Generation X to Millennials and Generation Z, all of us have a stake in understanding the real story about Social Security. All are invited to a free public forum on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. to learn how expanding Social Security can help stop […]

PMA bypasses bargaining, DOC fairness, best bagger…

Thursday, February 19, 2015   PORT NEGOTIATIONS   ► From AP — Employers appeal to dockworkers in West Coast port fight — Cargo companies have gone straight to West Coast dockworkers with what they call their “last, best and final” offer in a contract crisis that has choked off billions of dollars in international trade. […]


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