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Archive for: June, 2015

Support 7,000 Swedish-Providence nurses

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: SEATTLE (June 30, 1015) — Swedish-Providence needs to invest part of its $110 million profit in improving its staffing levels and investing in frontline caregivers in order to ensure patients get the care they deserve, say the nurses and healthcare workers united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. Because Swedish-Providence […]

Contracts funded, OT pay for 5M, SCOTUS to revisit ‘fair share’…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Two-year state budget passes; shutdown averted — The threat of a government shutdown dissipated Monday as state lawmakers passed a $38.2 billion budget for government operations in the next two years. Senators approved the plan on a 38-10 vote with Democrats […]

Budget deals, McNerney’s big pension, ACA blinders…

Monday, June 29, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Lawmakers race clock to finalize budget deal — As they adjourned a second overtime session and prepare to start a third one, House and Senate leaders worked Saturday to finalize details on a new two-year state operating budget that must be adopted within […]

Rally Tuesday to lift Tacoma minimum wage

TACOMA — Raise Up Tacoma, a group of workers’ advocates, business owners, faith groups and community supporters who support raising the minimum wage in the City of Tacoma, will rally Tuesday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Theater on the Square, 916 Broadway. After the rally, participants will march to the Tacoma Municipal Building to […]

Marriage equality, boomtown, shutdown, trading votes…

Friday, June 26, 2015   MARRIAGE EQUALITY!   ► This morning from Huffington Post — Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. The decision is a historic […]

Senate GOP tea partiers holding state hostage

Rather than compromise, extremists led by Sen. Andy Hill want ANOTHER session   OLYMPIA (June 26, 2015) — “There’s no other way to say it: The state Senate Republicans have been taken over by the Tea Party and their new plan aims for the same kind of endless gridlock we see in the U.S. Congress.” […]

WSLC’s Johnson: GOP extremists ‘tone deaf’ to state’s needs

(June 26, 2015) — The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO was distributed Friday: Once again, Senator Andy Hill showed how extreme and tone deaf his Republican Senate caucus is by declaring that the debate over taxes, funding education, and the social safety net is over and that […]

Crosby, Guenther named to lead 45,000-member UFCW Local 21

The following is from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21: SEATTLE (June 25, 2015) — The Executive Board has appointed Todd Crosby as President and Faye Guenther as Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 21, effective immediately. Crosby, former Secretary-Treasurer, was appointed by the board to fill the vacancy after the retirement of long-time President Dave Schmitz, […]

SCOTUScare, cueing up TPP, shutdown looms, SocSec worries…

Thursday, June 25, 2015   BREAKING   ► This morning from Huffington Post — Supreme Court rejects ACA lawsuit, preserving health insurance for millions — The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple the Affordable Care Act through the courts has just failed. On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the […]

Shutdown Rally on July 1 CANCELLED

UPDATE (June 30, 2015) — With the passage of a budget agreement that avoids a shutdown and fully funds state employee contracts, the Stop the Shutdown rally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 has been CANCELLED. OLYMPIA (June 25, 2015) — With the Legislature’s failure to reach a budget agreement after two overtime legislative sessions, Washington […]


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