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Archive for: September, 2015

Haggen promises, TPP crunch time, H-1B jobkillers…

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► At Slog — Washington will get a federal grant to design a paid parental leave program — Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced today that the state will get a $247,000 grant to design a paid parental leave program for all workers in the state. This money […]

Federal grant to study funding family leave in Washington

OLYMPIA (Sept. 30, 2015) — Advocates for paid family and medical leave on Tuesday applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to award $247,000 to study the economic impacts of implementing a paid family and medical leave program in Washington state. “The Washington Work and Family Coalition is excited by this news and what it […]

Progressive income tax needed to meet our ‘paramount duty’

By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 30, 2015) — Good public schools won’t solve all the problems we face — but public education is a crucial cornerstone for creating hope and opportunity for students, and for building stronger communities and a more prosperous, equitable economy. Ensuring every child has equal access to this ladder of opportunity, from […]

Alcoa split, ‘great’ America, unfashionable union bashing…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015   LOCAL   ► From KING TV — UW to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour   ALSO at The Stand — $15/hour coalition at UW scores major victory MORE coverage in the P.S. Business Journal and the Seattle Times. ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Alcoa splitting into 2 […]

IAM W24 recognizes Messenger for advocacy for laid-off workers

(Sept. 29, 2015) — Machinists (IAM) District Lodge W24 presented Bill Messenger, Workforce Investment Act Liaison with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a special award last weekend to recognize his efforts to assist their laid-off members and other workers impacted by mass layoffs and plant closures. Alongside fellow WIA Liaison Caitlyn Jekel, Messenger works […]

$15/hour coalition at UW scores major victory

SEATTLE (Sept. 29, 2015) — Following a coalition demand by campus unions and student leaders, the University of Washington announced Monday that it would raise wages for all employees — including student workers — to $13/hour on January 1, 2016, and $15/hour January 1, 2017. While UW had first communicated that the increase would only […]

Haggen layoffs, Kelso deal, trade vs. elections…

Monday, September 28, 2015   HAGGEN   ► In the Oregonian — Thousands of Haggen employees reeling as grocer announces additional closures — The news that the bankrupt Haggen grocery chain will close an additional 100 stores had employees up and down the West Coast reeling Friday. The closures, if approved by a Delaware bankruptcy court, […]

Apprentices, donors give food bank a facelift

(Sept. 28. 2015) — The Puget Sound Labor Agency, which is celebrating its 40th year of service, provides food and other necessities for more than 38,000 people each year in the local community and to union members in need. Given its budget challenges, sprucing up the Food Bank at the Seattle Labor Temple has been […]

Unions working together to protect Haggen employees

(Sept. 28, 2015) — The unions representing members at Pacific Northwest Haggen stores sent the following statement to their membership on Saturday, Sept. 26: Dear Haggen Members: We understand the frustration and concern you, your co-workers, and your families are all experiencing these past few weeks as the Haggen bankruptcy continues to develop. Thanks to […]

Boeing accountability, Spokane wages, shutdown silence…

Thursday, September 24, 2015   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing chief defends China 737 center, unveils 300 jet orders — Boeing welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and announced plans for a 737 completion center in China. Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner said the deal is necessary to keep a big piece […]


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