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Archive for: September, 2015

China vs. Boeing, Delta vs. Alaska, commas vs. life…

Friday, September 18, 2015   BOEING   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Bad omen: Boeing loses out to Chinese jetmaker in order from Thai airline — A non-Chinese airline will replace its Boeing jets with Chinese-built jetliners, an ominous sign for a U.S. company that sees China as its largest single future market. […]

Union/civil rights, RTW fails, Boeing exports more jobs…

Thursday, September 17, 2015   WAGE ACT   ► From AFL-CIO Now — Introducing the WAGE Act to strengthen the rights of working people — Today, members of Congress, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), proposed the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation designed to strengthen protections for […]

Charter schools ruling is a rebuke of the privatization agenda

By WAYNE AU Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, was a good day for me. Late that afternoon, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an earth-shattering ruling for corporate education reformers: By a 6-3 decision, they determined that Washington state’s charter school law was unconstitutional. This felt like a personal victory because I was heavily involved in […]

UWMC rally today, Kelso teachers strike, united we bargain…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015   REMINDER   ► From The Stand — Safe staffing saves lives! Support UWMC nurses TODAY at 3:30! — Safe staffing saves lives. It really is that simple. More than 1,500 Registered Nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center represented by the Washington State Nurses Association have been in contract […]

Murray introduces WAGE Act to update, strengthen labor laws

UPDATE (Sept. 17, 2015) — Above is a photo of Rep. Bobby Scott, Sen. Patty Murray and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka from Wednesday’s press conference introducing the WAGE Act. And here is some of today’s media coverage: ► From AFL-CIO Now — Introducing the WAGE Act to strengthen the rights of working people — Today, […]

Seattle teachers reach deal to suspend strike, return to work

The following is from the Seattle Education Association: (Sept. 16, 2015) — The Seattle Education Association’s elected building representatives — the SEA Representative Assembly — voted Tuesday night to recommend ratification of our tentative contract agreement and to suspend the SEA strike, which is in its seventh day. (Teachers) will return to work Wednesday, Sept. […]

April Sims to join WSLC staff as Field Mobilization Director

(Sept. 16, 2015) — Next month, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will welcome April Sims as its new Field Mobilization Director, filling the position being vacated with the retirement of Lori Province. For the past eight years, Sims has served as the Legislative and Political Action Field Coordinator for the Washington Federation of State […]

Deal and no deal, well recuuuuse me, Scott sinks…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015   TEACHER STRIKES   ► This morning at — Seattle teachers and district reach tentative agreement — After all-night talks, the Seattle teachers union and Seattle Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement that could end a nearly weeklong strike. However, the strike won’t be suspended until the union board […]

Union announces tentative deal to end Seattle teachers’ strike

(Sept. 15, 2015) — The Seattle Education Association (SEA) has announced that its negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement with Seattle Public Schools on a new contract that would end the strike that began last Wednesday. But the strike continues today and teachers and their supporters should report to their picket lines today. Here […]

Save a life, oppose ’14-hour rule’ exemption for contract truckers

The following is from the American Postal Workers Union: (Sept. 15, 2015) — Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer — whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood. Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal […]


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