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Archive for: January, 2016

Lift the limit, overridden in Spokane, Labor goes South…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KUOW — Assaulted on the job, prison staff want time limit on benefits lifted — Working in a prison is a dangerous job. Inmates outnumber officers and fights are common. Fourteen-year veteran correctional officer Patrick McPherson said over the course of his career he’s been […]

Government run like a business has poisoned our children

By LEO W. GERARD (Jan. 26, 2016) — The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint. That is, what they got was a government run based on GOP business values. To line the pockets of CEOs and […]

‘Do more’ for dairy workers, kumbaya, unions make you happy…

Monday, January 25, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — State House bill would improve dairy farm worker protections — The death of a dairy farm worker in Mabton last spring has spurred labor activists and some lawmakers to push for increased safety protections, but the industry says that accident doesn’t […]

Meet Sarah Kohout, WSLC’s Legislative Intern for 2016

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2016) — Meet Sarah Kohout, the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Intern for the 2016 session. She graduated from Western Washington University in June 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and since the session began on Jan. 11, Sarah has been an invaluable part of the WSLC’s legislative lobbying efforts […]

Get help applying for U.S. citizenship Feb. 6 in Seattle

SEATTLE (Jan. 25, 2016) — Are you, or is someone you know, a legal permanent resident (“green-card” holder) who has had their citizenship for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen)? If so, you might be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship! The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is partnering […]

Eyman loses (again), Alaska bonus or beatdown, Ghost Ship…

Friday, January 22, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Judge rules Eyman’s tax-cut ballot measure unconstitutional — A judge struck down Tim Eyman’s latest tax-limiting measure Thursday, finding among other problems that it was a thinly disguised effort to propose a constitutional amendment — which can’t be done by initiative in Washington. […]

SEIU 1199NW nurses at Group Health endorse Kaiser deal

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: SEATTLE (Jan. 22, 2016) —  The union of more than 2,000 Group Health nurses and healthcare workers, after meeting with Kaiser Permanente’s CEO and executives and deliberating deeply, is announcing today its endorsement of the proposed Kaiser Permanente acquisition. “In this era of unprecedented healthcare consolidation, we are […]

Boeing mistrust, who’s running for what, how Alaska Air profits…

Thursday, January 21, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From CrossCut — Will Washington rethink Boeing’s tax breaks? — In a packed Olympia hearing room, union members and Boeing employees pounded home a single message home Tuesday: Boeing broke a promise. As much as at any time in recent memory, the message found a sympathetic […]

Uber, gig economy workers need the power to organize

By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Jan. 21, 2016) — What are U.S. workers to do about the problems presented by the gig economy? The past year saw a number of prominent liberals offer policy ideas to mitigate the worst elements of precarious employment. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposed that companies pay into a common benefit […]

Subsidizing Boeing job loss, Alcoa reprieve, divide and conquer…

Wednesday, January 20, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — War of words between Boeing, unions at tax-break hearing — In a two-hour hearing, a Boeing executive and Everett’s mayor led the opposition to a bill requiring the aerospace company maintain a certain number of jobs in Washington or risk losing […]

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