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Archive for: April, 2015

Fast Track in trouble, half-baked budget, 150 will die today…

Thursday, April 30, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Politico — Obama trade bill in trouble — The House is currently dozens of votes short of being able to pass legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to send trade deals to Congress for fast approval, according to senior lawmakers and aides in both […]

Providence Everett nurses ‘thrilled’ to ratify new contract

EVERETT (April 30, 2015) — Nurses at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a proposed tentative agreement for a new three-year contract. Fully 97% of the nurses voted to approve the deal, which covers nearly 1,400 nurses represented by UFCW Local 21. “We came into these negotiations hoping to improve our workplace […]

May Day events planned Friday in Tacoma, Seattle, across state

The tradition of celebrating International Workers’ Day on May 1 started in 1886 after the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when workers and police were killed amid the struggle for an 8-hour work day. Today, workers still honor that and other labor struggles by participating in May Day events that recognize that the fight for the […]

Obama’s promises, Shelton mill closures, Boeing double dips…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Huffington Post — Here’s why Democrats don’t believe Obama’s trade promises — The trouble with Obama’s promises to implement strong new labor standards for countries like Vietnam, according to the AFL-CIO, is that the administration doesn’t really enforce the international labor agreements it already has […]

Submit nominations for 2015 labor awards

(April 29, 2015) — Each year at its annual convention, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO presents awards recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of specific union organizations and individual union members. As the deadlines for award nominations approach, the WSLC is calling on its affiliated unions to submit names for consideration. The 2015 WSLC Convention […]

Mosqueda named WSLC Political and Strategic Campaign Director

(April 29, 2015) — The following statement was released this morning by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: It gives me great pleasure to announce today that I am appointing Teresa Mosqueda to the position of Political and Strategic Campaign Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. For the past four […]

Workers Memorial Day, Fast Track angst, our everyday heroes…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015   WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY   ► From AFL-CIO Now — Honor the dead, fight for the living — Today, on Workers Memorial Day, working Americans are gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace-induced illnesses and injuries and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. ALSO […]

Trumka: Show us the ‘raising wages’ agenda

In frank speech, AFL-CIO president says Americans  skeptical about both parties   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015) — As the 2016 presidential battle begins, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered a important speech this morning to say that, after nearly two generations of national leaders pursuing policies that have “either worsened inequality or nibbled around the […]

Ivar’s setting powerful example with $15 wage menu pricing

By RACHEL DEHN (April 28, 2015) — Although Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law officially took effect on April 1, companies in the city have three to seven years to meet the $15 per hour minimum depending on their size and classification. The Seattle-based restaurant company Ivar’s isn’t waiting. The company announced that the increase would […]

Too important to ‘fast track,’ teachers rally, high cost of cheap clothes…

Monday, April 27, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► In Saturday’s Seattle Times — Trade deals are too important to ‘fast track’ (by Richard Trumka and Jeff Johnson) — The American labor movement is not against trade deals, but we’re dead set against bad trade deals. Our trade agreements should advance U.S. interests while also […]


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