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Archive for: September, 2015

Washington Machinists Council votes to oppose I-732 carbon tax

(Sept. 24, 2015) — The Washington Machinists Council last weekend voted unanimously for a resolution in opposition to Initiative 732, which would create a new tax on carbon emissions while cutting other taxes to make it “revenue neutral,” because it fails to address the economic and social implications of market-based mechanisms to curtail pollution. “Initiative […]

L&I proposes 2% rate increase to promote long-term stability

TUMWATER (Sept. 24, 2015) — The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) on Wednesday proposed a 2 percent average rate increase in the 2016 premiums paid by employers and workers in the State Fund workers’ compensation system. L&I will hold public hearings across the state Oct. 26-30 before deciding what the 2016 rates […]

Boeing bargaining chips, prison for profit, NO refunds…

Wednesday, September 23, 2015   ON TODAY’S CALENDAR   ► From the CALENDAR at The Stand — Town Hall Meeting to Save the Public Airwaves — Speculators have bought KING 5 TV in Seattle just as the federal government is ready to auction off broadcast frequencies to the highest bidder. Join Kshama Sawant, Nick Licata, […]

Sign the Passenger/Driver Bill of Rights in the Uber economy

The following is from Working Washington: (Sept. 23, 2015) — Hundreds of people have already added their names to the Passenger/Driver Bill of Rights, which spells out basic principles that everyone in the Uber economy should be able to expect — like safe transportation, living wages, open communication, privacy, nondiscrimination, and a voice in the […]

Carbon limits, Eyman charges, Walker ‘still a disgrace’…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Washington state to write new rule to limit carbon pollution — The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed capping greenhouse gases from the state’s 35 largest emitters, rolling out a new rule-making process months after Gov. Jay Inslee failed to get legislation […]

A time to reflect on U.S. role in Chinese workers’ exploitation

By LYNNE DODSON (Sept. 22, 2015) — The visit to Seattle by Chinese President Xi Jinping is an historic moment. President Xi Jinping is known for his crackdown on corruption in the government, and opening up Chinese markets. Certainly, the discussions with business roundtable leaders here are geared toward creating more market opportunities in the […]

Labor Neighbor: Fight back against corporate campaign cash

Volunteer for Labor Neighbor walks, phone banks   (Sept. 22, 2015) — Big multi-billion corporations including Walmart, Georgia-Pacific (Koch Industries), Boeing, and Comcast are spending more than $300,000 this year on a PAC called “Enterprise Washington” that’s dedicated to getting rid of Rep. Carol Gregory (D-Federal Way). Their expensive — and dishonest — campaign against […]

Kelso strike continues, Eyman cashes in, women don’t…

Monday, September 21, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle teachers ratify contract — Members of Seattle’s educators union voted Sunday to approve their contract deal with Seattle Public Schools, officially ending a strike that began nearly two weeks ago. After the vote, union President Jonathan Knapp said he wanted to […]

Haggen must show employees the respect that they’re due

Union, elected officials call on grocers to end restrictions on where they can work   SPANAWAY, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2015) — Flanked by members wearing their signature gold shirts, UFCW Local 367 President Denise Jagielo and elected officials on Friday called upon Haggen and Albertsons-Safeway to show some respect to their hard-working employees who suddenly […]

Boeing’s plan to shift work to China ’causes great concern’

The following is from the IAM 751 blog: SEATTLE (Sept. 18, 2015) — The leaders of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 say they’re committed to explore all avenues — contractually, legally and legislatively — to preserve and protect Washington state aerospace jobs. “We understand the importance of selling airplanes to customers around the world,” the […]


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