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Archive for: January, 2016

Kids can’t wait, suppressing voters, Elwood makes the cut…

Friday, January 29, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Lawmakers disagree about deadline for fixing school-funding problems — A school-funding plan that passed the state House earlier this week would commit to fixing remaining funding problems by the end of the Legislature’s 2017 session, which is scheduled to conclude in […]

Union membership up in Washington state

With 9,000 more members, state is now 5th most unionized in U.S.   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2016) — A half-million Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2015, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The ranks of union members in the state grew to 500,000, up from 491,000 […]

Boeing job cuts, schools in crisis, unionize UW…

Thursday, January 28, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing workforce in Everett to shrink during 777X transition — Boeing’s decision to make fewer of its biggest airplanes in the next few years could mean fewer jobs, too, at the company’s plant in Everett, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. The company […]

WSLC opposes Initiative 732 carbon tax

(Jan. 28, 2016) — The Executive Board of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — representing more than 600 union organizations with some 450,000 members across the state — voted this week to oppose Initiative 732, a statewide ballot measure that would create a new tax on carbon emissions while cutting other state taxes. Although […]

Family leave insurance aligns with American values, needs

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 28, 2016) — As Americans, we strongly value both work and family… but as citizens we’ve structured our economy and laws too often to force people to work at the expense of their families. We have given millions of parents the cold choice of leaving their job and not getting any […]

WSLC fights bills discriminating against transgender people

OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2016) — On a party-line vote Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed SB 6443, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Bellingham), which would reverse the state Human Rights Commission’s policy clarifying that transgender people can use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identities. The Washington […]

B-Boys vs. cities, attack on PLAs, GOP eyes Social Security cuts…

Wednesday, January 27, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Lawmaker proposes striking down local minimum-wage laws — Calling higher minimum wages “a disaster for small business owners,” GOP state Sen. Michael Baumgartner Tuesday introduced a bill to strike down local laws like Seattle’s $15-per-hour measure. ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — […]

Advance aerospace tax break accountability!

OLYMPIA (Jan. 27, 2016) — Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability legislation (HB 2638) would ensure that the nation’s largest corporate tax break — Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference bill approved in November 2013 — meets its original intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce.” Dozens of workers, community members and union leaders traveled to […]

Study: Seattle music industry has $1.8B impact, creates 30,660 jobs

But lacking written agreements, musicians average just $15K per year   The following is from the Musicians’ Association of Seattle, AFM Local 76-493: SEATTLE (Jan. 27, 2016) — A new study commissioned by Seattle musicians’ union found that 16,607 people are directly employed in the city’s music industry, creating $1.8 billion annually in direct economic […]

WSNA nurses at Kadlec in Richland ratify 3-year contract

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: RICHLAND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2016) — By an overwhelming majority, the WSNA-represented registered nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center have ratified a new three-year contract. During nine months of negotiations, the bargaining team fought off a number of damaging proposed takeaways and reached an agreement that […]


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