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Archive for: August, 2015

Climate urgency, ‘assertive’ New Dems, Roberts v. Voting Rights…

Tuesday, August 11, 2015   CLIMATE CHANGE   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington state can lead on global warming and clean energy (by Rebecca Saldaña, Jeffrey Johnson, and Brenna Davis) — The dust has settled on a frustrating legislative session. Time and again, oil interests blocked broadly supported steps to encourage the transition […]

Nicole Grant named to lead M.L. King County Labor Council

SEATTLE (Aug. 11, 2015) — The Executive Board of the M.L. King County Labor Council voted last week to appoint Nicole Grant of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, making her the first woman to lead King County’s largest labor organization. She replaces David Freiboth, who resigned last month to accept […]

WSLC supports I-735 to get big money out of elections

(Aug. 11, 2015) — The labor movement of Washington state is now on record: Corporations are not people. And money is not speech. At the 2015 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO last month, delegates representing unions from across the state approved a resolution supporting I-735, an initiative for the legislature that would […]

Heartbroken and mad, Kapstone imposition, teacher shortage…

Monday, August 10, 2015   SATURDAY’S RALLY   ► In the Seattle Times — Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Bernie Sanders; later rally draws 15,000 — A Seattle speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was pre-empted in a chaotic confrontation Saturday afternoon with a pair of Black Lives Matter protesters, who took the […]

Combating institutionalized racism can’t wait

By LYNNE DODSON (Aug. 10, 2015) — Like many of us, I’ve been struggling to process the disruption of the Westlake rally on Saturday, Aug. 8. The celebration of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security birthdays was well-organized, beautiful, and inspiring. Social Security Works did a terrific job setting an agenda that included a majority of […]

4,000-plus hear about importance of Social Security, Medicare

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Aug. 10, 2015) — When Sen. Bernie Sanders accepted an invitation to speak at the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid birthday celebration on Saturday, organizers may have wondered whether the event’s message about these critically important programs would be overshadowed by Bernie-mania. That didn’t turn out to be a problem. Instead, it was […]

WSLC censures Fast Track supporters in state delegation

SEATTLE (Aug. 7, 2015) — In response to Resolution #15, which was unanimously approved by delegates representing unions all across the state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has sent a letter censuring each member of the state’s Congressional delegation who voted for “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority in June. The letter also notes that […]

Feel the Bern, TPP trafficking, 1-800-FAT-CATS, Sunday Candy…

Friday, August 7, 2015   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Bernie Sanders expects avid Seattle crowds Saturday — It will be the first Northwest appearances for the Vermont senator, who’s been Hillary Clinton’s most vigorous challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination. His first event is at Westlake Park for a 1 […]

Consequences, CEO pay, Boeing gets what it paid for…

Thursday, August 6, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Opponents say Eyman’s new initiative uses blackmail, extortion — The professional initiative promoter from Mukilteo is pushing a ballot measure this fall aimed at making it tougher on state lawmakers to increase taxes. And it contains a twist that could reduce […]

Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), Roofers announce affiliation

(Aug. 6, 2015) — The following was distributed last week by the United Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers: United Association and United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Approve Historic Affiliation Agreement ANNAPOLIS, MD and WASHINGTON, DC — Citing strong ties and common interests in water conservation, General […]


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