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Archive for: March, 2015

KapStone deal, $15B investment, butthurt banks, ‘Sassy’ sings…

Friday, March 27, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — KapStone, union reach tentative deal — KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. and its paper union have reached a tentative contract agreement, union officials said Thursday night. The tentative deal, hammered out after 10 months of often contentious talks that appeared headed […]

50-plus groups urge Seattle to pass ‘No Fast Track’ measure

SEATTLE (March 27, 2015) — Representatives of more than 50 local organizations delivered a letter to Seattle’s mayor and city council on Thursday in opposition to granting “Fast Track” trade negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The diverse coalition of signatories to the letter — which included labor unions; community and faith organizations; environmental, […]

Next Up: ‘Leaders of tomorrow’ are already leading today

By JUSTINE WINNIE (March 27, 2015) — It can be exciting for a young worker to sit in an audience and listen to Richard Trumka or Liz Shuler or other labor dignitaries discuss the importance of youth, energy, and diversity in the movement. But at the AFL CIO’s Next Up conference in Chicago last week, […]

It’s time for lawmakers to correct our state’s revenue system

OLYMPIA (March 27, 2015) — Debate on Washington’s state budget for the next two years kicks into high gear today with the release of the House budget proposal, just one month from the scheduled end of the 2015 legislative session on April 26. Our state’s population and costs and demands for state services continue to […]

Fast Tracking suits, Micro-managing, the ‘freedom’ sham…

Thursday, March 26, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► In today’s NY Times — Trans-Pacific Partnership seen as door for foreign suits against U.S. — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, […]

Teamsters at NW Steel and Pipe in Tacoma vote to strike

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TACOMA (March 26, 2015) — Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike Tuesday night in a vote that took place outside the company’s facility in Tacoma. “Northwest Steel and Pipe is pushing its workers to the brink of a strike […]

Parents of 43 students kidnapped in Mexico to arrive in Olympia

OLYMPIA (March 26, 2015) — Caravana 43, a group representing the parents of the 43 students kidnapped in late September 2014 in Guerrero, Mexico, will arrive in Olympia to speak to about their children’s experiences and about the human rights violations occurring in Mexico. All are invited to attend their events on Tuesday, April 14 […]

Envision Spokane, pension cuts, talking pay, get a raise…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015   LOCAL   ► In the Skagit Valley Herald — Strike over: USW workers approve contract with Tesoro — Steve Garey, head of the USW Local 12-591, said the agreement addresses wage increases, benefits, forced overtime, chronic understaffing and daily maintenance contracting, among other issues. ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Envision […]

Let’s help homeless kids succeed, rather than international banks

By JOHN BURBANK (March 25, 2015) — Our state’s public structures and services are the oil of our economic engine. From roads to bridges, preschool to college, veterans’ benefits to senior services, and protections for our air and drinking water, we’re all better off when we invest in strong communities. But there’s a big red […]

Labor Archives’ Minimum Wage History Project kicks off April 11

SEATTLE — Join the Labor Archives of Washington as they kick off the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project, documenting the historic and nationally recognized campaigns that in 2013-14 succeeded in passing a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle. The project will culminate in an online resource for students, faculty, and the general public who […]


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