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Archive for: April, 2015

Overtime session, faster track, door delivery, 34-to-1…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Columbian — Legislative session could head into overtime — It looks like the Washington Legislature could be heading into overtime. But the extra days in Olympia could mean an extra tab for taxpayers to pick up. ALSO at The Stand — As sine die […]

As sine die nears, values-based operating budget comes first

By JEFF JOHNSON (April 21, 2015) — Sine die literally means to adjourn without assigning a day for further meetings or action. The Washington State Legislature is six days from sine die, but the work is not done. So we go into extra innings, overtime, or a Special or Extraordinary Legislative Session at a time […]

Puget Sound Labor Agency needs your help

The following is from the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Labor Agency, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE (April 21, 2015) — After 40 years of service to the community, and to union families in particular, the doors of the Puget Sound Labor Agency may soon close. Since 1975 the PSLA and its volunteers have been building […]

‘Rent Is Out of Control’ town hall Thursday in Seattle

SEATTLE — The M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all area union members and community supporters to attend “Rent Is Out of Control,” an important Affordable Housing Town Hall on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 600 4th Ave., to share their unaffordable housing stories, to […]

Teachers to walk, Fast Track silence, words still matter…

Monday, April 20, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From WFSE — State employees respect, protect Washington — and shouldn’t beg for pay — Libby Pitts drove all the way from Vancouver to attend Saturday’s “Public Service Matters” event in Centralia to send Sen. John Braun and other Senate leaders a loud and clear message. […]

UW’s ‘threatening’ letter backfires, mobilizes student employees

The following is from UAW Local 4121: SEATTLE (April 20, 2015) — This morning at 11 a.m., Academic Student Employees (ASEs) will be visiting the office of University of Washington Dean David Eaton to deliver their response to a letter disseminated by university officials last week calculated to intimidate ASEs from participating in union protests. […]

Secret trade deals, Fast Track thwart our cherished democracy

By LEO W. GERARD (April 20, 2015) — Free traders in Congress formally proposed last week that lawmakers relax, put their feet up and neglect the rigor of legislative review for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade scheme. The TPP is a secret deal among 12 Pacific Rim nations that was covertly negotiated by unelected officials […]

Message to Olympia: Public Service Matters!

(April 20, 2015) — Hundreds gathered in cities across the state on Saturday to honor the people who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, teach and protect our children, maintain our roads, and provide other essential services. “Public Service Matters” events celebrated the contributions of our friends, neighbors, family members, and […]

Larsen ♥’s Fast Track, United Weed Stand, your Saturday in the Park…

Friday, April 17, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From AFL-CIO Now — Fast Track bill introduced; join the drive to stop it! — Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Call your senators — 855-790-8815 — and tell them to say no to Fast […]

Help deliver message Saturday that ‘Public Service Matters’

Our friends, neighbors, family members — and customers — who work for the largest employer in the state haven’t had a general wage increase in seven years. That’s bad for their families and bad for the economy. They are the people who work for the State of Washington, proudly providing the quality public services that […]


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