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Archive for: October, 2015

We’re #2, bomber blow, budget deal, it ain’t over…

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington near the top in subsidies (by Jon Talton) — Data from the group Good Jobs First, shows that Washington is No. 2 in the nation in giving subsidies for business. No. 1 is another “anti-business” state: New York. Washington handed out […]

Weeks after a deal was reached, TPP is still secret

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Oct. 28, 2015) –It’s been 23 days since a deal was reached to reshape the rules governing roughly 40 percent of the global economy, but the public still isn’t allowed to see it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in fact, is still being kept secret from the members of Congress who […]

Ex-Im tap dance, 22 days and no TPP, school to prison…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015   AEROSPACE   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Machinists picket Boeing aerospace supplier amidst contract dispute — Machinists union members walked picket lines outside a major Boeing building in Everett Monday, although this time their target was not Boeing. Instead, Machinists District Lodge 751 were engaged in a one-day […]

$15 minimum wage ordinance proposed for Olympia

The following is from Working Washington: OLYMPIA (Oct. 27, 2015) — The City of Olympia could become the next jurisdiction to pass a $15 wage and expand workers’ rights, joining a growing wave of cities and states across the country taking action to raise up workers, address inequality, and strengthen local economies. The proposed new […]

Wash. State Labor Council seeks Legislative and Policy Director

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the largest labor organization in Washington State representing some  400,000 trade unionists in more than 600 local unions and councils — is seeking applicants to fill the position of Legislative and Policy Director. The WSLC, a state federation of the AFL-CIO that focuses primarily on political, legislative, policy […]

Build your future – union-style – at job fair Wednesday in Seattle

The following is from the Diversity Committee of the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE — Look out a window in many Seattle neighborhoods and chances are you’ll see a crane hovering over a construction project. Under that crane, men and women are working, and making good money for their work. Want to get […]

Love matters, tax extenders, no bad news about bacon…

Monday, October 26, 2015   AEROSPACE   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Machinists plan to picket Everett aerospace supplier Cadence-Giddens — Members  of Machinists union District Lodge 751 plan to picket Monday at Everett-based Cadence-Giddens. Workers at the aerospace supplier voted in May to join the IAM. Contract talks have been ongoing since July […]

Workers win settlement, back pay from Alaska fuel distributor

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska (Oct. 26, 2015) — In March, The Stand reported that fuel distributor Delta Western — whose corporate parent is Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, Inc. — was facing charges for retaliating against workers who supported a union and for a pattern of discrimination targeting Filipino-American and Asian-Pacific Islander American workers in Dutch Harbor, including […]

ROC-Seattle hosting Restaurant Industry Summit on Thursday

SEATTLE — The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Seattle invites all local restaurant and hospitality workers to a Restaurant Industry Summit this Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Comet Tavern, 922 East Pike St. in Seattle. Join Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and ROC United Co-Founder/Co-Director Saru Jayaraman for question-and-answer session […]

Disposable at Amazon, GOP vs. labor laws, 5-0…

Thursday, October 22, 2015   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Haggen starts collecting bids to sell off stores, agrees to pay workers vacation time — Haggen recently received court approval that allows it to pay out paid time off that workers had accrued prior to its Sept. 9 bankruptcy filing, up […]


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