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Archive for: February, 2015

Complaint: Right-wing group hid ‘right-to-work’ political activity

The following is from the Committee for Transparency in Elections: OLYMPIA (Feb. 19, 2015) — The Committee for Transparency in Elections filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s office Wednesday alleging that the Freedom Foundation failed to report fundraising and expenditures in support of eight local initiatives in 2014. Over the past year, the Freedom Foundation helped write, […]

Labor, trans workers stand together to fight discrimination

By CHRISTOPHER GERMAN-JONES SEATTLE (Feb. 19, 2015) — When you need to use the restroom, do you get in your car and drive to the McDonald’s a mile away? Hopefully not! But for many transgender workers in Washington this is just the type of dilemma they face everyday because there is no safe, reliable place […]

Anacortes pickets, what we paid for, an immigration secret…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015   TRADE   ► In today’s News Tribune — Different sides air views of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in Tacoma — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker brought the gospel of trade to Tacoma on Tuesday morning, meeting with business leaders and elected officials in part to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, […]

Building Trades: Transportation plan in Senate is ‘disappointing’

Lee Newgent, Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is distributing this letter to state legislators regarding the State Senate transportation proposal released last week: (Feb. 18, 2015) — The Washington State Building and Trades Council appreciates the amount of work done by Senators King and Hobbs to produce a […]

Inslee meets with workers on minimum wage, sick leave

By DAVID GROVES The Stand TACOMA (Feb. 18, 2015) — Several workers and business leaders sat down at a Tacoma restaurant Tuesday with Gov. Jay Inslee for an extraordinary informal discussion about their experiences working in the retail, health care, grocery and food service industries. By the end of the conversation, the governor was more […]

Ports back up, tax break accountability, Homeland hostage…

Tuesday, February 17, 2015   PORT CLOSURE   ► From AP — Top U.S. labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. Starting Saturday, companies […]

‘Live on Less:’ Space Needle hands out advice, not raises

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (Feb. 17, 2015) — Just weeks after workers turned to the Seattle City Council in their fight for raises and respect at the Space Needle, the company announced it would offer a webinar on how to “live on less.” The webinar announcement, emailed to Space Needle […]

Voters back tying aerospace tax breaks to jobs, wages

RENTON (Feb. 17, 2015) — New polling shows that more than two-thirds of likely Washington voters support tying tax breaks for aerospace companies to requirements for maintaining jobs and providing living wages. The findings show strong support for two pieces of legislation now being considered in Olympia that would add accountability to the $8.7 billion […]

Strong support for wage theft, minimum wage, sick leave bills

OLYMPIA (Feb. 17, 2015) — To keep building a strong economy, our state needs policies that will support a robust and healthy workforce. Workers have the right to earn an honest day’s wage that allows them to support themselves and their families, to feel safe against retaliation for wage theft, and not have to choose […]

WSLC: Ideological provisions doom Senate transportation plan

(Feb. 13, 2015) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement today in response to the State Senate transportation proposal released Thursday. The Washington State Labor Council has been working closely with legislators and other stakeholders for more than three years to secure a transportation funding package that […]


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