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Archive for: May, 2015

Sent to Inslee’s office, who’s OK with slavery, Gimme One Reason…

Friday, May 29, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Gov. Inslee orders state budget negotiations in his office — Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second special legislative session to convene Friday and told lawmakers working on the state’s more than $38 billion two-year operating budget he wants them to move their […]

Senate leaders show ‘open contempt’ for state workers

OLYMPIA (May 29, 2015) — Following is a statement from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding the end of the first special session of the Washington State Legislature: The 30-day extended special session of the Legislature ended Thursday with no agreement on the operating budget or a transportation funding package. […]

Rep. Dave Reichert blasted for Medicare cuts in Fast Track bill

SEATTLE (May 29, 2015) — Dozens of advocates for fair trade policies and the Medicare program joined together Thursday to protest a proposal from Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8th) to raid Medicare funds to help finance assistance for workers whose jobs are moved overseas in the wake of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and […]

Double special, Trumka on trade, America’s wage polarization…

Thursday, May 28, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KUOW — Lawmakers will return for second special session — Washington lawmakers will have to return for a second 30-day special session. The first overtime session ends Thursday and the House and Senate still don’t have a budget deal. The governor’s office will start preparing […]

Larsen backs Fast Track; but will he fight slavery, Medicare cuts?

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (May 28, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2nd) issued a press statement Wednesday announcing his support for granting Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “Fast Track,” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and subsequent trade agreements. The congressman did so despite strong opposition to Fast Track/TPP from a broad coalition […]

Privatizing state prisons, Green River unrest, ALEC’s war on cities…

Wednesday, May 27, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KUOW — State signs deal with GEO Group, but prisons secretary says no plans to ship inmates out-of-state — yet — The state Department of Corrections has contracted with The GEO Group, Inc, a Florida-based private prison company, to house up to 1,000 prisoners in […]

Green River College board backs Ely; faculty authorizes strike

AUBURN (May 27, 2015) — About 160 students, faculty, classified employees, and concerned community members, overflowing into the hallway, attended the monthly Green River College’s Board of Trustees meeting on May 21 to express their frustration with the hostile working environment and the lack of confidence in college president Eileen Ely. But after the meeting, […]

Protest Reichert plan to cut Medicare to pay for TPP job loss

SEATTLE — Advocates for fair trade policies and for the Medicare program will join together on Thursday to protest a new proposal by U.S. Rep. David Reichert (R-8th). He wants to raid Medicare funds to pay for unemployment and training benefits for workers whose jobs are moved overseas in the wake of the proposed Trans-Pacific […]

Funding state employee contracts is good for small businesses

UPDATE (May 28, 2015) — From — Small businesses to Senate: Fund state employee contracts — The Coalition of State Employee Unions stood shoulder to shoulder with small business owners Wednesday to hammer home to the state Senate that funding state employees’ pay raises is just good business. (Also check out WFSE’s video coverage […]

Reichert’s terrible idea, park cuts, ACA d’oh, ALEC exposed…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015   FAST TRACK/TRADE   ► From The Hill — Senate approves Obama trade bill, sending Fast Track to House — Senators voted 62 to 37 to pass trade legislation, setting up a bruising fight next month in the House, where lawmakers are more populist on both sides of the aisle. EDITOR’S NOTE — Both […]


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