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Archive for: December, 2015

U.S. should lead on including human rights in climate talks

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference, advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from a fossil […]

Tax break sunshine, Uber vote, history at VW…

Monday, December 7, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Seattle Times — What’s in a tax break? We should all know (editorial) — The state Department of Revenue declined to collect or release information on the bulk of the Boeing tax break. Instead, it chose to interpret the (tax break transparency) law in […]

In climate deal, banks must be accountable to civil society

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference, advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from a fossil […]

Familias Unidas por la Justicia affiliates with the WSLC

(Dec. 7, 2015) — Following is a statement issued today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: It is my great pleasure to announce that Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) has affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Now both farm worker unions in Washington state are our members […]

Battle for ‘just transition’ engaged at Paris Climate Conference

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 4, 2015) — Brothers and Sisters, today I leave to join the labor delegation to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. The labor movement has a strong presence there and I look forward to learning a lot. I will summarize for you what I learn over the course of the next week. At […]

Predictable AWB, Group Permanente, Uber-sellout, Zappa lives…

Friday, December 4, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — What’s behind L&I increases (editorial) — Business owners don’t want to see their rates increase; the question is whether they can plan well for their companies when rates swing widely up and down from one year to the next. The news […]

Voting rights, ‘Cadillac’ tax, gloves for adjuncts…

Thursday, December 3, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From WFSE — Our thoughts and prayers go to public employee, public client victims of San Bernardino mass shooting ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Voting Rights Act would enshrine the diversity people seek (by Rep. Luis Moscoso) — I have personally met with elected officials […]

Partners in trade: South Korea declares war on labor unions

(Dec. 3, 2015) — This week, the United States’ most-favored trading partners in South Korea are quashing that nation’s labor unions. In order to block a public rally by labor supporters, the daughter of South Korea’s dictator has launched an authoritarian crackdown against unions. Dozens of labor leaders have been arrested, their offices have been […]

SeaTac win (again), TPP’s friends, A Grim Bargain…

Wednesday, December 2, 2015   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — SeaTac’s $15 wage law should apply to airport, Supreme Court affirms — The Washington state Supreme Court declined to reconsider its August ruling that the $15 minimum wage approved by city of SeaTac voters applies to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as well. That […]

Legislators must find the courage to hold Boeing accountable

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 2, 2015) — I recently purchased a T-shirt from the Boeing store for my daughter, who is fan of the 737. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” That may be true for her — but Boeing jobs are certainly on their way out of Washington. How can this […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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