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Archive for: November, 2015

Boeing’s free pass, Rodne unchecked, our oligarchy…

Monday, November 30, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — State gave Boeing a free pass on $19.5M in sales tax — For the first time, Boeing’s precise savings from portions of a record-setting state tax-break package is available to the public. But much more remains undisclosed. ► In the News […]

TPP offers more nice words and trickle-down promises

By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 30, 2015) — Earlier this month, the Obama administration finally released the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal the U.S. has ever negotiated, which could set the rules for about 40 percent of the global economy. Simultaneously, the White House and corporate groups launched their public-relations blitz to […]

Alcoa sets date, close the barn doors, Happy Refugee Day…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015   ALCOA   ► In the Wenatchee World — Jan. 5 is last day for Alcoa — January 5 will be the last day of work for all but a handful of the 428 employees at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works smelter, a top union official said Tuesday, hours after elected officials in […]

Tacoma invests, TPP paper, teen truckers…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — By 22 votes, property and utility tax passes to improve Tacoma roads — For the first time in 47 years, Tacoma voters have approved spending more public money to fix city streets. Barring the unexpected, Pierce County officials will certify the passage […]

Murdock Trust urged to stop funding extremist groups

VANCOUVER, Wash. (Nov. 24, 2015) — Community members rallied last week outside the MJ Murdock Executive Plaza building, calling on the Murdock Charitable Trust to immediately end all funding for organizations that actively promote discrimination and stand at odds with the Trust’s stated mission of “enriching the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest.” “While […]

Wealthy elite aim to silence working people via Friedrichs

By J. DAVID COX (Nov. 24, 2015) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments soon in a case that could undermine the rights of working people to negotiate collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Every working person should care about this case, even if it doesn’t personally affect you. This legal battle is […]

Still seeking accountability, TPP not about trade, mother of inversions…

Monday, November 23, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the (Everett) Herald — Workers say Boeing tax breaks should come with jobs — Machinists and aerospace engineers hiked the halls of Olympia on Friday, asking lawmakers to scale back a lucrative tax break for the Boeing Co. if it continues moving jobs to other […]

Green River College faculty, staff steps up the pressure

Faculty, staff vote ‘no confidence’ in college board, seek new trustees   AUBURN (Nov. 23, 2015) — Union members who work at Green River College last week stepped up their campaign to end the hostile working environment and express their lack of confidence in the community college administration. They decried “a low and grinding morale […]

Why we have no confidence in Green River College’s trustees

Following is the Faculty Report delivering the vote of no confidence in the Green River College Board of Trustees at its Nov. 18 meeting. By JAENEY HOENE I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the history of community colleges in the United States. The first one was created in 1901, but the […]

In Olympia, aerospace workers seek tax break accountability

The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE 2001: OLYMPIA (Nov. 23, 2015) — Nearly 200 current and former aerospace workers came to the Washington state capitol Friday to urge legislators to take steps to ensure the nation’s largest corporate tax break meets its original intent to “maintain and grow […]


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