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Archive for: May, 2015

Join in ‘NO on Fast Track’ events targeting House

(May 26, 2015) — With the Senate’s passage of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the White House, the debate now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, where there is more opposition to greasing the rails for additional NAFTA-like trade agreements that kills jobs and suppress wages. The House is expected to take the […]

Map shows that Washington state is united for fair revenue

OLYMPIA (May 26, 2015) — This Thursday marks the end of the first special session, and there is still no budget agreement in sight. House Democrats are seeking new revenue that makes the wealthiest and big corporations “pay their fair share” and Senate Republicans continue rallying around their “no new taxes” slogan. Polling of Washington […]

Boeing’s Fast Track bargain, Oregon leads, Bernie’s freedom…

Friday, May 22, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Huffington Post — Senate advances Fast Track for Obama trade deals — The Senate handed President Barack Obama a major win Thursday, voting to advance his trade agenda by ending debate on a bill that would grant him the power to fast-track massive new pacts […]

Sign petition to help ‘Take Back KCTS,’ save PBS in Seattle

SEATTLE (May 22, 2015) — Community members are concerned that the sweeping production cuts and profit-driven decisions of KCTS Channel 9’s corporate management, which could include the imminent auctioning off of its federally licensed frequency to broadband companies, might spell the end of local Public Broadcasting System television in Seattle. Members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) […]

‘Unity breaks,’ Nestora’s hunger strike, assuming you’re right…

Thursday, May 21, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — State workers rally for pay increases, approval of contracts — Call it a lunch break with a message. At least a thousand state employees took 15- to 30-minute “unity breaks” Wednesday to protest a Senate Republican budget proposal that would reject […]

I’m leaving the Labor Center, so Director position is now open

By SARAH LASLETT (May 21, 2015) — I will be leaving the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle College this summer. It has been a privilege and honor to lead the Labor Center over the last five years and my great pleasure to get to know so many of you who […]

More walkouts, fast-tracking Fast Track, $15 in L.A., your other job…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KIRO TV — State employees to walk off jobs to protest lack of raises — A growing revolt over money and the state legislature has prompted state workers to plan a walkout Wednesday afternoon. Everett Community College is one of 70 state agencies where state […]

Happy Fair Trade Music Day! Seattle council OKs musicians’ measure

The following is from the Musicians’ Association of Seattle, AFM Local 76-493: SEATTLE (May 20, 2015) — The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 on Monday to pass a resolution supporting fair and more equitable relationships between musicians and area clubs, and declaring today — May 20, 2015 — to be “Fair Trade Music Day” in […]

New state law helps employers help workers save for retirement

By JOHN BURBANK (May 20, 2015) — When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, be able to take your time waking up in the morning, and go for a walk, a bicycle […]

Sec. Kerry: ‘Export our planes, not our jobs’

Citizens protest outside Secretary of State’s event at Boeing   RENTON (May 19, 2015) — At the Boeing factory here on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed company executives and dignitaries who share his support for granting “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other “free trade” deals […]


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