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McDermott thanked for opposing Fast Track in committee vote

(April 27, 2015) — The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding Congressman Jim McDermott’s “no” vote and rejection of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority was released Monday. For the past nine months labor and community members have been organizing, educating, and speaking out against Trade Promotion Authority […]

Let’s celebrate our solidarity at MayWorks 2015 events

(April 27, 2015) — The labor movement has been a driving force in the production of arts and culture, both in the United States and throughout the world, employing art and music to celebrate and affirm the many facets of the work we do — on the job, raising children, and serving as volunteers and […]

‘Rigged’ trade bill, Boeing cuts, Everymom Murray, too tired for $3K…

Friday, April 24, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From The Hill — House panel approves Obama trade powers bill — The House Ways and Means Committee approved a “fast track” trade promotion authority measure, 25-13, with only two Democrats — Reps. Ron Kind (Wis.) and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) — lending their support to the […]

Workers Memorial Day events across state honor the fallen

(April 24, 2015) — Across Washington state, Workers Memorial Day commemorations are under way to honor and remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and to renew the fight for safer workplaces. In Everett, Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson spoke Wednesday at the Snohomish County Labor Council’s annual commemoration. “Each […]

Washington State Democrats: NO on Fast Track!

The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: (April 24, 2015) — In Washington state, opposition continues to mount against granting President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In addition to the city councils, labor unions, environmental organizations, civic groups, and small business owners that are all urging the […]

Fast Track moving, teachers walk, the $15 difference…

Thursday, April 23, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From AP — Senate panel OKs ‘fast track’ trade legislation, but battle awaits in House — The Senate Finance Committee approved, on an 20-6 vote, the “fast track” trade promotion authority measure with the support of seven Democrats: Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Ben […]

Treasurer proposes solution for education, will Legislature?

By JOHN BURBANK (April 23, 2015) — The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets. Neither party has a long-term plan for fully funding K-12 education, higher education, mental health, public employee contracts, and teacher COLAs. Why not? Because neither party has the will […]

UW Academic Student Employees OK strike

The following is from UAW 4121: SEATTLE (April 23, 2015) — With historically large turnout, a majority of all 4,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) at the University of Washington have voted to authorize the union’s bargaining committee to call a strike if circumstances justify. Out of 2,258 total votes cast, 90% voted YES to authorizing. […]

Turn in peanut butter to PCCLC by May 13

The following is from the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: TACOMA (April 22, 2015) — Last year, members of union locals affiliated with the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO donated and delivered 5,512 jars of peanut butter —  almost 4 ½ tons! As phenomenal as that was, every jar was gone from the […]

Massive Washington state coalition: ‘NO on Fast Track!’

(April 22, 2015) — An unprecedented coalition of more than 100 labor unions, environmental groups, community organizations, small businesses and other civic groups have joined forces to urge Washington’s Congressional delegation to oppose granting Trade Promotion Authority, known as “Fast Track,” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other NAFTA-style trade agreements. A Fast Track proposal […]

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