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Archive for: October, 2015

Still-secret TPP, mailed ballots, soothing 777s…

Thursday, October 15, 2015   TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP   ► From The Hill — Trumka calls for immediate release of TPP text — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote a letter to President Obama arguing that stakeholders, lawmakers and the American public need to see the final text of the TPP to start what is expected to […]

State Attorney General sues anti-union group over RTW efforts

By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Oct. 15, 2015) — The Washington State Attorney General’s office sued the anti-union Freedom Foundation on Wednesday for hiding its financial support of several 2014 ballot measures that were intended to impose so-called “right to work” restrictions on public employee unions in various cities across Washington. The AG’s office […]

Dem TPP votes, Dino bounce, who hates the Cadillac…

Wednesday, October 14, 2015   TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP   ► In USA Today — There’s no proof the TPP will help working people (by Richard Trumka) — It’s unlikely this agreement will raise wages or create jobs in the U.S. because, frankly, it wasn’t designed to do so. It was designed to facilitate the same off-shoring, […]

Climate march change, digital union cards, debating issues…

Tuesday, October 13, 2015   LOCAL   ► From the Seattle P-I — Seattle, used to protests, will witness a different kind of climate march on Wednesday — The environment/climate change movement, in Seattle and across the country, has long reflected roots that are upper middle class, outdoorsy, white and academic. The Wednesday afternoon Climate […]

New contract at Swedish hospitals is ‘a win for all of us’

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: SEATTLE (Oct. 13, 2015) — About 7,000 Swedish Medical Center and Swedish-Edmonds nurses and healthcare workers, united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, are celebrating a new contract that will lead to better patient care, better recruitment and retention, and higher standards for King and Snohomish County hospitals and employers. […]

House futures, Western State danger, reduced dairy fine…

Monday, October 12, 2015   ELECTION 2015   ► From KUOW — Special legislative election key to future control of House — This is an off election year, but there is one hot legislative race that has implications for future control of the Washington state House. Democrat Carol Gregory was appointed to the 30th District […]

The top 10 unknown things about the TPP deal

(Oct. 12, 2015) — Trade ministers for the 12 Pacific Rim nations who have been negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) say they have reached an agreement. But nobody — not the public, not even Congress — has been allowed to read the secretive deal as it continues to get an international “legal scrubbing” to […]

Talent trumps tax breaks, TPP and us, John’s dodranscentennial…

Friday, October 9, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — 6 dam workers hurt in Grant County explosion, 5 airlifted to Harborview — An explosion at the Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River on Thursday injured six public-utility workers. Five of the workers were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle […]

Wash. State Labor Council urges rejection of Tim Eyman’s I-1366

(Oct. 9, 2015) — In just one week, county auditors will begin mailing ballots for the 2015 general election to voters. As part of its efforts to publicize which candidates/ballot measures have earned labor endorsements — and why — the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is conducting Labor Neighbor phone banks and neighborhood walks. It […]

Teamsters reach tentative deal for Sysco drivers, warehouse workers

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Oct. 8, 2015) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Sysco over a contract involving 220 drivers and warehouse workers employed at the company’s food service distribution center in Kent. The union and the company reached the agreement late Wednesday night at the […]


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