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Cuts have stalled Washington state’s economy, report finds

The following is from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center: (March 25, 2015) — The foundations required for a strong economy in Washington state are cracking. On more than half of almost 100 measures of progress — from employment opportunities for our residents to the education of future generations — we are stalled or […]

We give ’em a break, Boeing wins, 401(k) failure…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KPLU — Do state tax breaks level the playing field, or reward the powerful? — Washington state’s tax break for chicken barn heating fuel highlights a lot of what’s complicated — and controversial — about a state tax system that’s often criticized as outmoded or unfair […]

Bellingham City Council opposes Fast Track; Seattle vote Mar. 30

Seattle City Council to vote on similar resolution on March 30   BELLINGHAM (Mar. 24, 2015) — The Bellingham City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night in opposition to “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority when Congress considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The council’s message: “We do not believe it is sound democratic process to […]

Jeff Hays, husband of WSLC’s Janet, dies at 65

WEST SEATTLE — Jeffrey Allen Hays, husband of longtime Washington State Labor Council staffer Janet Hays, passed away suddenly on March 20, 2015. He was 65. Husband, friend and partner of 45 years to Janet, who has served as WSLC Executive Assistant to the President since 1994, Jeff was born on Oct. 20, 1949, in […]

Labor Reps Workforce Training event May 8-9 in Portland

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Legislative Update: Can we get fair hearings?

Minimum wage, sick leave will get Senate hearings, but many others met with silence   UPDATE (March 26, 2015) — HB 1646, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, has been added to the hearing schedule in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee for Monday, March 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., along with the minimum wage […]

Today’s Tesoro vote, two big hearings, the enemy is BS…

Monday, March 23, 2015   REFINERY STRIKE   ► From Reuters — Striking refinery workers to vote on contract — Workers on strike at three Tesoro Corp refineries on the West Coast are due to vote on a new contract this week, the United Steelworkers union said. Workers at two Tesoro refineries in California and […]

Lift ban on using local funds for college faculty step increases

Statewide call-in day Tuesday to urge Baumgartner to move HB 1863   OLYMPIA (Mar. 23, 2015) — Like many public employees, it’s been six years since community and technical college faculty have received a cost-of-living pay adjustment. To make matters worse, they have not received step increases on their salary schedule for six years. These […]

USW members ratify contract, strike ends

UPDATE (March 24, 2015) — The United Steelworkers union (USW) announced Monday night that the new contract was ratified by USW Local 12-591 members at the Tesoro Anacortes oil refinery. All picket activities will cease now at that refinery in a strike that began Feb. 1. USW members working at Tesoro’s Bay-area refineries will vote […]

Bonior appears at Town Hall reception on fair trade Mar. 23 in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will host a Town Hall Reception featuring former Michigan Congressman David Bonior on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (Download the event flier.) This special reception will precede the Town Hall event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. At the Town Hall, […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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