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Archive for: October, 2015

Check out labor’s 2015 election endorsements, VOTE TODAY!

Union members and their families who are filling out election ballots: Here’s a guide to which candidates and ballot measures have earned labor’s endorsement. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization, has made the following endorsements (follow the links for information on why): NO on Initiative 1366 Retain Rep. Carol Gregory, […]

Boeing profits, Obama woos, people die…

Wednesday, October 21, 2015   BOEING   ► From AP — Faster jetliner production gives Boeing a big 3Q profit boost — Faster production of commercial jets continues to drive profits at the Boeing Co., which saw earnings jump 25 percent in the third quarter. It also raised its earnings outlook for the year. Commercial […]

Early learning must be part of Legislature’s education equation

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 21, 2015) — Recently the State Senate Early Learning and Education Committee brought their listening tour about K-12 education to Everett. This listening tour has come about as the Legislature has been found in contempt by our state Supreme Court of failing to meet “the paramount constitutional duty … to make […]

Look who’s lying, sick at work, Dems’ denial…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015   ELECTION 2015   ► In today’s News Tribune — Half-truths abound in ads running in 30th District race — Two TV ads paid for by Enterprise Washington, a pro-business group, say that Carol Gregory supports a state income tax. Gregory refutes that, and has sent out her own mailers stating: […]

Labor history group issues call for papers for 2016 conference

(Oct. 20, 2015) — The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association will host its annual conference in Portland next May 20-22 under the theme, “Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges.” The group has issued a call for papers, presentations, performances, and… workshops. “In 2016 we are particularly interested in proposals that address […]

Seattle Labor Chorus seeks contributions, performances

SEATTLE (Oct. 19, 2015) –If you’ve been to a labor protest, picket line or other union mobilization in Western Washington, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the Seattle Labor Chorus. This year, these cultural emissaries of the area’s labor movement are celebrating their 18th year of raising hearts and hopes in the struggle for equal […]

Election 2015, TPP sellout, WeWork win…

Monday, October 19, 2015   ELECTION 2015   ► In today’s News Tribune — All eyes on state House race in Federal Way’s 30th Legislative District — Both parties see the contest between Democrat Carol Gregory and Republican Teri Hickel as one that could put Democrats a step away from losing control of the state […]

Help Initiative 735 to get big money out of elections

(Oct. 19, 2015) — At the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO convention in July, delegates representing unions from across the state voted to support Initiative 735, a proposed Initiative to the Legislature with the goal of getting it on the 2016 general election ballot. I-735 calls on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that overturns […]

Haggen hastens, state delays, pursuit of happiness, young John…

Friday, October 16, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Oregonian — Haggen gets court approval to close stores; union calls auction ‘drastically premature’ — A U.S. Bankruptcy court on Thursday approved Haggen’s request to continue closing dozens of stores, including all of those in California, Nevada and Arizona. In the last few months, the […]

Reduced $2,200 state fine in dairy fatality spurs outrage

OLYMPIA (Oct. 16, 2015) — This week, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) dramatically reduced the penalties for the owners of the Riverview Ranch dairy, a Darigold supplier in Mabton, Wash., for workplace safety violations in the gruesome death of farmworker Randy Vasquez in February. Advocates for farmworker safety are expressing outrage […]


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