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Archive for: June, 2015

Dear Employee, Obama’s big win, Mr. Muilenburg, war on unions…

Wednesday, June 24, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — State employees start receiving temporary layoff notices — Thousands of state employees in Washington state received notice Tuesday that they may be temporarily laid off if a new state budget isn’t adopted by early next week. EDITOR’S NOTE — “Dear Employee…” […]

Senate vote ‘huge loss’ for workers, but TPP fight isn’t over

(June 23, 2015) — The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO was distributed Tuesday: Today, American workers suffered a huge loss with the Senate’s 60-37 cloture vote to end debate on Fast Track, clearing the way for final passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill. The president has […]

Sakuma workers win better deal, but want union contract

The following is from Latino Advocacy: BURLINGTON, Wash. (June 24, 2015) — Members of the board of the independent farmworker union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, met Tuesday morning with Ryan Sakuma, owner of Sakuma Farms, to negotiate a new pay rate. Farmworkers reported the most recent abuse against them to the union; Sakuma Farms […]

In waning years, all Mike wants is the safe haven of his union

By KEN WINKES (June 24, 2015) — Want to know how vital unions are to working people? Let me tell you a story about an old man and his dreams. Now near 90 years old, he lies in bed, wishing he could live somewhere else, maybe in a carpenter’s home. That’s what he told me […]

Murray, Cantwell put Fast Track over the top

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2015) — This morning, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion that virtually assures passage of the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority legislation that, for the first time in the modern free-trade era, strips provisions to provide assistance to workers whose jobs are shipped overseas. Needing 60 votes to invoke […]

WA will decide Fast Track, House budget, union charters…

Tuesday, June 23, 2015   FAST TRACK   UPDATE (9 a.m.) at The Stand — Murray, Cantwell put Fast Track over the top — This morning, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion that virtually assures passage of the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Needing 60 votes to invoke cloture and end debate […]

Murray’s hot seat, Inslee steps in, lifting all yachts…

Monday, June 22, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Politico — Patty Murray, pro-trade Dems in crosshairs ahead of big trade vote — As the Senate barrels toward yet another cliffhanger vote Tuesday on trade, Murray is once again in the cross hairs: She has been targeted by a president who needs every last […]

Seattle leaders back raises, fair contract for Space Needle staff

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (June 22, 2015) — Space Needle workers and political, labor and community supporters rallied Friday to reject the Space Needle’s recent offer of raises with unacceptable strings attached. The event began with a picket at the base of Space Needle. Workers carried picket signs reading “This […]

Swedish-Providence nurses ready to walk for better care, jobs

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: SEATTLE (June 22, 2015) — 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. Unless Swedish-Providence […]

Take action urging U.S. Senators to vote NO

This is it! A pivotal vote on “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority is expected to happen on Tuesday, June 23 in the U.S. Senate. This time, it’s on a significantly worse version of the bill than the one that passed the Senate last month with the support of Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria […]


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