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Archive for: August, 2015

Currency manipulation kills jobs, but does Congress even care?

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) — With China’s recent decision to devalue its currency, the AFL-CIO is urging all members of Congress to insist that enforceable rules protecting American workers from currency manipulation be included in any future trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. China’s undervaluation of its currency artificially […]

No rush, WSLC on Green River College, mini-Trump…

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Despite mounting fines, lawmakers plan to take time to answer McCleary ruling — Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders met Monday in SeaTac to discuss how lawmakers should respond to court sanctions issued last week in the ongoing McCleary education funding […]

Rally today in Seattle to protect dairy workers

SEATTLE — Nobody should die like Randy Vasquez did, drowning in a manure pond at a Darigold member farm in Mabton, Wash. Randy’s tragic death earlier this year has shaken up the farmworker community and inspired many to take up the battle to improve dairy workers’ safety. TAKE A STAND!  Demand justice for dairy workers […]

Sakuma farm workers walk off job (again), urge negotiations

The following is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BURLINGTON, Wash. (Aug. 18, 2015) — Management at Sakuma Brothers Farms once again tried to exploit farmworkers by demanding Monday morning that they pick 22 1/2 pounds of berry per hour. About 120 farmworkers refused and walked out of the fields demanding a negotiation for fairer […]

$100K per day, not an impasse, silent Cathy, ‘no’ Northwestern…

Monday, August 17, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Inslee, lawmakers set to meet to discuss court sanctions — Gov. Jay Inslee is set to meet with legislative leaders on Monday to discuss how to address the Supreme Court sanctions announced last week over education funding. Last Thursday, a unanimous court said […]

Washington’s top-two primary is limiting choices, alienating voters

By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 17, 2015) — If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don’t bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, […]

WSLC seeks Labor Community Organizer in Yakima; apply now

(Aug. 17, 2015) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is seeking a Labor Community Organizer to work out of the Yakima and South Central Counties Central Labor Council office on labor and community issues affecting workers and their families in the Yakima Valley, with a focus on building power and unity among Latino and […]

Liberal Spokane, smokefree TPP, the man in the plastic bubble…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Spokane City Council toughens penalties for wage law violations — Low-wage workers got a break Monday night, and maybe some overdue overtime pay, when the Spokane City Council stiffened penalties for businesses that violate wage laws. Council members backed the proposal on a 6-1 vote, […]

Volunteer for Labor Neighbor to support Rep. Carol Gregory

(Aug. 12, 2015) — Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, plans an aggressive effort to inform union households about the special election for State Representative in 30th Legislative District. The WSLC’s endorsed candidate in this dead-heat race is Rep. Carol Gregory (D-Federal Way) who is being challenged by Republican […]

Celebrate, rededicate at Labor Day events

UPDATED — The article has been updated to add the Space Needle picket in Seattle on Labor Day at 3:30 p.m. Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this country and make it run every day. Several of the regional AFL-CIO central […]


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