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Archive for: June, 2015

Shutdown mess, Fast Track 2, America’s enduring racism…

Friday, June 19, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Lacking a state budget, most state agencies will close July 1 — State officials on Thursday explained what will happen if parts of government shut down July 1, and it could be a mess. Thirty state agencies will completely close and […]

Univ. of Washington students, staff protest ‘corporatization’

SEATTLE (June 19, 2015) — Waving signs that read “Quality Education, Not Corporatization,” students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington delivered more than 3,000 petition signatures to the UW Board of Regents on Wednesday protesting the rising corporatization of the state’s flagship university. They also plan to deliver the petitions to Gov. Jay […]

FFWF fundraiser golf tourney will be Aug. 27 in Cle Elum

The Foundation for Working Families’ 12th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting union disaster relief funds and community service agencies in Washington state will be Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Suncadia Golf Resort in Cle Elum with a 1:30 shotgun start. Click here for an event brochure that includes registration information. Sponsored by Union Home Services and […]

Cantwell, Murray now ‘critical moral votes’ on Fast Track

(June 18, 2015) — The following statement was released this morning by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, following passage of standalone “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority by the U.S. House of Representatives: This morning 28 Democrats joined 190 Republicans in the House of Representatives to pass Fast Track legislation severed […]

House cuts TAA loose, passes Fast Track

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2015) — This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a standalone “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority bill that has, for the first time in the modern era of free-trade agreements, been decoupled from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that assists American workers whose […]

Letting wealthy to avoid paying their fair share grinds us down

By JOHN BURBANK (June 18, 2015) — It’s a good time to talk about money, who has it and who doesn’t, especially with the Legislature at loggerheads about the budget. Why? Because the taxes that fund our state’s budget come largely from the money we all spend. Notice I wrote “money we all spend,” not […]

Fast Track revived, budget urgency, pension cuts…

Thursday, June 18, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► THIS MORNING at The Stand — House cuts TAA loose, passes Fast Track — As they did last week, Reps. Denny Heck, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith voted “no” on Fast Track today, but it narrowly passed 218-208. Reps. Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene […]

Cutting TAA loose, pigheaded in Olympia, ALEC’s Death Star…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From The Hill — House Republican leaders zero in on new trade strategy — The plan is to vote again — as soon as this week — on the Fast Track bill narrowly approved by the House on Friday, but to leave aside the Trade Adjustment […]

First-ever union contract sets new standard for cannabis workers

The following is from the UFCW blog: TACOMA (June 17, 2015) — Workers at the Cannabis Club Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Tacoma, have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Washington state and have joined UFCW Local 367. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard […]

‘Stop the shutdown!’ Unity Rallies planned across state June 18

Surpassing the coordinated “Unity Breaks” held around the state in May, thousands of state employees will escalate their efforts Thursday, June 18 with more than 90 “Unity Rallies” held around the state in a huge effort to stop the state shutdown on July 1. The “Unity Rallies” come as the stalemate in Olympia continues with […]


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