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Archive for: July, 2015

Tefere Gebre to headline WSLC Convention

SEATAC (July 20, 2015) — AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre is among the special guest speakers scheduled to appear at the 2015 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which begins Thursday morning, July 23 at the SeaTac DoubleTree by Hilton, 18740 International Blvd. The convention is expected to adjourn Saturday afternoon. Under […]

Space Needle workers celebrate raises as contract talks continue

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE — Space Needle workers and their supporters on the Seattle City Council will rally Tuesday to announce a partial victory as workers win first raises in over three years, but continue to fight for job security. Tuesday’s rally will feature statements by Space Needle workers whose […]

McCleary report card, KapStone vote, TPP reform…

Monday, July 20, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — State Supreme Court to review education lawsuit progress — The new state budget makes a $1.3 billion down payment toward fully paying the cost of basic education in Washington. But even the lawmakers who crafted the budget do not expect the Supreme Court to […]

Celebrate Medicare, Social Security success Aug. 8 in Seattle

By ROBBY STERN and CHUCK HAUNREITER (July 20, 2015) — This summer, people all over the country will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The successes of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare deserve celebration. We owe the millions of people who advocated and fought for these […]

Break pay, mass incarceration, 5 days ’til Wednesday…

Friday, July 17, 2015   AGRICULTURE   ► From AP — High court: Washington farmworkers entitled to break pay — “Paid breaks for workers are a basic principle embodied in state law, and this decision ensures that some agricultural workers, who often perform difficult work for low pay, aren’t denied this right arbitrarily, based solely […]

Working families big winners of 2015 legislative session(s)

By CHRIS REYKDAL (July 17, 2015) — The biggest winners of the 2015 legislative session(s) are… working families! After the GOP held the State Senate following last November’s general election, right-wing anti-worker organizations began to make their wish lists: Right to Work, cutting taxes for corporations, workers’ compensation and collective bargaining “reforms,” health-care cuts, and […]

NLRB: Boeing illegally withheld plans to transfer jobs away

SPEEA: Company may have hid planned cuts while seeking state tax break   The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001: SEATTLE (July 17, 2015) – The Boeing Company violated federal labor law when it refused to provide information regarding plans to move thousands of engineering and […]

Farm workers win, Boeing wrong, special sessions’ costs…

Thursday, July 16, 2015   LOCAL   ► BREAKING from AP — Supreme Court: Washington farm workers must be paid for rest breaks — Piece-rate farm workers must be paid separately for rest breaks, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued this morning that is expected to drastically change the way Central Washington’s […]

Compass Housing staff ‘proud’ to join OPEIU Local 8

The following is from OPEIU Local 8: SEATTLE (July 16, 2015) — Compass Housing Alliance employees voted by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a multi-day election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 100 case managers, counselors, maintenance […]

When scared legislators skimp on our schools, that’s on us

By JOHN BURBANK (July 16, 2015) — Last November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1351, directing the Legislature to allocate funding for smaller K-12 class sizes, with extra class-size reductions in high-poverty schools. Increased funding for these changes was to have been phased in over four years. This would have required an expenditure of about $800 […]


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