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Failing grade, TPP in Maui, AFL-CIO waits…

Monday, July 27, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Olympian — Lawmakers still fail on K-12 funding (editorial) — There’s no polite way to say this. Washington’s Legislature deserves censure by the state Supreme Court over its chronic failure to fix the public school funding system. No matter how the blarney is parsed, […]

WSLC 2015 Convention: Saving our economy, our planet

SEATAC (July 27, 2015) — Climate change and trade issues took center stage at the 2015 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO on Friday and Saturday. The common theme: our nation continues down a destructive path that is enriching the wealthy elite while doing great harm to the rest of us by destroying […]

A hero lost, ‘Bush v. Gore’ 2, We Are Family…

Friday, July 24, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Donald Chin spent life protecting, serving the Chinatown International District — For almost 50 years, Donnie Chin would don his khaki uniform and offer whatever he had — his food, his protection, his money or his time — to people in the […]

WSLC Convention Day 1: Gebre urges labor movement ‘mojo’

SEATAC (July 24, 2015) — AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre challenged hundreds of union delegates representing unions from across the state to “put the mojo back in our movement” during Thursday’s opening session of the 2015 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. (Watch Thursday’s plenary session at TVW.) Gebre described the challenges […]

Harborview nurses, workers picket for safe staffing levels

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: SEATTLE (July 24, 2015) — Harborview nurses and healthcare workers called for staffing solutions that put patients first as they held an informational picket and rally outside the hospital with community leaders Thursday. “Harborview is our community’s safety net hospital, but right now they’re not acting like it,” […]

Sakuma farmworkers walk out again over production mandate

The following is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: MOUNT VERNON (July 24, 2015) — More than 90 farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers berry farm walked out of the organic blueberry field Thursday morning over unattainable production standards. After an hour of negotiations with supervisors and Driscoll’s employee Ryan Sakuma failed to bring down the production […]

‘No’ at Kapstone, ‘respect’ at Boeing, inequality at Capitol…

Thursday, July 23, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Longview) Daily News — Kapstone workers reject offer — KapStone union workers (AWPPW) rejected the company’s latest contract offer, union officials announced Wednesday night. About 68 percent of the voting members rejected the offer. Two previous offers were rejected by 99 percent. It was not […]

Republicans tee up 19% cut in Social Security disability checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2015) — The new trustees’ report on the financial condition of the Social Security and Medicare systems released Wednesday should have been mostly good news. But thanks to yet another “fiscal crisis” deliberately manufactured by Republicans in Congress, today’s headlines instead declare: “Social Security disability fund to run dry next year.” […]

Expanding OT pay, Sanders surge, hot hemisphere…

Tuesday, July 21, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Labor group disinvites Inslee over Boeing tensions — Lingering resentment over big Boeing tax breaks led the Washington State Labor Council to cancel a speaking invitation for Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. “I have enormous respect for the governor and the things […]

ARA sets Medicare 50th birthday event for July 30 in Spokane

By JACKIE BOSCHOK (July 21, 2015) — Medicare is our most successful health care program. For nearly 50 years it has given seniors the ability to see a doctor and fill a prescription, keeping them out of poverty. TAKE A STAND — The Washington Alliance for Retired Americans is hosting a “Celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday […]

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