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Archive for: November, 2015

This week’s events, war on wages, sucks to be you…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015   FROM OUR CALENDAR   ► WEDNESDAY — Drivers’ Rally at Seattle City Hall —  Join drivers and community members as they deliver a petition calling on the Seattle City Council to pass legislation that will give Seattle taxi, for-hire and TNC (Uber, Lyft, etc.) drivers a voice and the right […]

Tell T-Mobile: Stop retaliating against workers who speak out

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Nov. 17, 2015) — While working at a T-Mobile US call center, Angela Agganis (pictured at right) filed a sexual harassment complaint against her supervisor. What the company did next was outrageous: T-Mobile threatened to fire Angela if she discussed the situation with her coworkers and then tried to pressure her into signing […]

Trade laws unenforced as Alcoa cuts and cuts

By LEO W. GERARD (Nov. 17, 2015) — Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off. That’s because just two years ago, in October 2013, Markus and 750 fellow aluminum workers lost their jobs at Ormet […]

WA wins robots, UFCW steps up, Federalists vs. Feds…

Monday, November 16, 2015   BOEING   ► From Reuters — As Boeing booms, robots rise and job growth lags — Boeing is in the midst of its biggest peacetime boom, churning out 20 percent more planes than when the last big cycle peaked in the 1990s. But it is doing so with one-third fewer […]

The TPP: Governance without governments

By STAN SORSCHER (Nov. 16, 2015) — Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? In the American political tradition, elected officials hold hearings, request studies, speak to constituents, take public comments, […]

Albertsons wins, TPP push, GOP panic, RIP Allen…

Friday, November 13, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — State Supreme Court: Legality of Eyman’s tax initiative unclear — The state Supreme Court says the legality of Tim Eyman’s latest tax initiative, approved by voters last week, is unclear and the case can be argued before a lower court judge. The court […]

Exposing Freedom Foundation’s ‘network of hatred, extremism’

(Nov. 13, 2015) — The following video is from the Northwest Accountability Project.   From The Northwest Accountability Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to educating the public on the issues that enhance the well-being of middle-class families and workers while shining a light on extremism and the moneyed special interests that […]

Minimum wage insufficient to make ends meet, report finds

The following is from the Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN): (Nov. 13, 2015) — The city of SeaTac pioneered a fight for fair wages. The fight for thousands of workers meant the promise of a huge pay hike, 63 percent if they were making the state minimum at the time. Then, they fought back […]

UFCW on Haggen, Conner on China, Larsen on TPP…

Thursday, November 12, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Union monitors L.A. auction of Haggen stores — “Representatives from UFCW locals and our international union are at the auction for the 95 Haggen stores taking place this week,” said the letter to members from UFCW Local 21 officials. “We are strongly […]

Fill out, share AFL-CIO National Survey of Working Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2015) — It’s been more than five years since the AFL-CIO asked working women about their priorities and experiences. With the economy in slow recovery, a new wave of attacks on collective bargaining, and a presidential election on the horizon, working women’s voices are now more important than ever. Therefore, a new National […]


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