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Archive for: November, 2015

Alcoa slashes jobs, fear and loathing, Mike D’s 50…

Friday, November 20, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Alcoa files layoff notice for 880 workers in Ferndale, Wenatchee — Alcoa has filed a state notice for its Ferndale and Wenatchee aluminum smelters, starting the clock on when layoffs could begin. The company warns it could lay off 465 employees at […]

Bipartisan support for labor in Friedrichs Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) — The top attorneys for 22 states and the District of Columbia, including Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have filed a “friend-of-the-court” amicus brief supporting unions in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. This case, pushed to the U.S. Supreme Court by right-wing billionaires intent on manipulating the economic […]

Walmart workers are hungry for action

(Nov. 20, 2015) — For years, people across Washington state have stood with Walmart workers in their struggle for respect from the largest employer in America. Walmart employees are paid such low wages that many have to skip meals, make sacrifices so that their children can eat, and go to work hungry. Meanwhile, Walmart workers […]

Delta flight attendants seeking a voice at work with IAM

By NICOLE GRANT and JEANNE ELLIOTT (Nov. 20, 2015) — There are sisters flying through the air — and no, we’re not talking about the flying nun. They are our sisters (and brothers), the more than 20,000 flight attendants at Delta Air Lines, and they are fighting for a union. This significant, mostly female, workforce […]

SPEEA gets ready, poor ignored, Saint Warren…

Thursday, November 19, 2015   BOEING   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — It’s still 10 months away, but Boeing engineers are already gearing up for a contract battle — SPEEA members are still smarting from the wrenching defeat during their last contract negotiations in 2013, when under pressure from Boeing they voted to […]

State’s Dems split on exempting tribal businesses from labor law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act” (H.R. 511), legislation opposed by the AFL-CIO that strips National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protections from more than 600,000 workers at tribal enterprises on tribal lands. In the 249-177 vote, Washington Reps. Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck […]

Crews clean up, robots cower, airport workers to strike…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Storm kills 3 in state; more than 300,000 without power in region — Transportation crews were working to clear fallen trees and affected areas, ending a series of road closures, though it was unclear when some would reopen. Public-utility crews were also […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern for ’16; application deadline today!

Application deadline extended to Monday, Dec. 7   OLYMPIA (Nov. 18, 2015) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 400,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2016 legislative session. The application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 25 […]

Go bold: Double I-1366 tax cut with progressive tax reform

By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 18, 2015) — The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts, I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone’s reach, to […]

After mistreatment, Cash & Carry workers set Friday union vote

OLYMPIA (Nov. 18, 2015) — Workers at the Cash & Carry wholesale grocer at 1010 Fones Road in Olympia, will be voting for better working conditions, better pay and better benefits on Friday, Nov. 20. “We are taking a stand because we want workplace equality, safer working conditions, a louder voice and a contract,” said […]


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