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Archive for: May, 2015

Warren’s right about TPP, raises vs. tax cuts, $15 in Tacoma…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► In today’s Oregonian — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka rips Oregon Democrats for Fast Track/TPP support — During a rare Portland visit, Trumka called out Oregon’s senior senator and three Congressional representatives — Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader — for supporting Fast Track. Said Trumka: […]

If only Secretary Kerry met with workers about Fast Track, TPP

By JEFF JOHNSON (May 19, 2015) — I wish that the Honorable Secretary of State John Kerry was visiting Washington at a site other than the Boeing Company and for purposes other than speaking about Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Secretary probably won’t see workers, including machinists and engineers, community and […]

State employees to walk out in unison over stalled raises

UPDATE — See news coverage of the WFSE May 20 “unity breaks.” The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: In the largest coordinated job action since their successful strike 14 years ago, thousands of state employees will walk out of more than 70 worksites Wednesday, May 20 to call […]

WSLC urges state legislators not to attend Kerry TPP event

(May 19, 2015) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sent the following letter to state lawmakers on Monday in advance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Tuesday promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Boeing factory in Renton: Dear Washington State Legislators: For the past 18 months the […]

‘NO on Fast Track’ protest outside Kerry event Tuesday

RENTON — Inside Boeing’s factory gates on Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be pleading the case for giving President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for another NAFTA-like “free trade” deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Short of the votes they need to pass Fast Track through Congress, Kerry will be promising […]

IAM gains among Boeing suppliers, Kerry reports for duty, chicken____ers…

Monday, May 18, 2015   AEROSPACE   ► From IAM 751 — Cadence-Giddens vote shows workers want union — Hourly workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett have voted by roughly a 3-2 margin to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. However, the final outcome won’t be decided until after the NLRB conducts a hearing that […]

Student employees OK contract; UW’s ‘big moves’ averted strike

SEATTLE (May 18, 2015) — After being on the brink of a strike a few weeks ago, more than 2,100 members of UAW Local 4121, the union for academic student employees (ASEs) at the University of Washington, have voted to approve a new three-year contract with the university that includes significant improvements to compensation and […]

The boys of the boardroom are gettin’ paid in Washington state

Washington’s CEOs paid 111 times more than the average worker   (May 18, 2015) — According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, S&P 500 CEOs in Washington state made an average of $5,597,954 in 2014 — 111 times more than the average worker, who made $50,578. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella topped the state’s 2014 […]

Fast Track reversal, look who’s not talking, Cathy’s hard line, RIP BB…

Friday, May 15, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Politico — Senate reversal opens debate on key trade bill — The Senate voted Thursday to start debate on key trade legislation to “fast-track” a landmark Asia-Pacific free trade deal, reversing an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama earlier this week and setting the stage […]

Green River College faculty: President Ely has got to go

AUBURN (May 15, 2015) — Last week, the faculty at Green River College filed an Unfair Labor Practice with Washington State Public Employees Relations Commission citing the administration’s failure to bargain in good faith, having to go to mediation yet circumventing the mediation process, and intentional retaliation against union leaders, among other destructive management practices. […]


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