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Archive for: January, 2016

Stay warm this winter, support union jobs

(Jan. 20, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council’s Union Goods and Services Committee has asked The Stand to post monthly lists of union products to help inform rank-and-file members and supporters what they can buy to support good family-wage jobs. The Entire Staff of The Stand has agreed and will do so, beginning today. […]

AFL-CIO report outlines year of Raising Wages Agenda

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO on Tuesday released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people. The report, “Fighting for a Better Life: How Working People Across […]

WSLC seeks receptionist/support staff for Seattle office

CORRECTION: Applications for this position are due by Friday, Jan. 22. The start date is Feb. 1. SEATTLE (Jan. 20, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is looking for a full-time receptionist/special projects support staff for its Seattle office. The WSLC is looking for applicants with a strong commitment to the principles and […]

Accountability, strong public sector unions, plantation capitalism…

Tuesday, January 19, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Robinson’s bill would tie Boeing tax breaks to Washington jobs — An Everett lawmaker renewed her efforts Monday to tie the state’s huge tax break for the Boeing Co. with the number of people the aerospace giant employs in Washington. The […]

Dairy workers ask legislators for better farm safety, training

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2016) — Dairy workers, the United Farm Workers and state labor and faith groups gathered at the State Capitol on Monday to announce introduction of House Bill 2484, a landmark dairy safety bill targeting deaths and rising injury rates on Washington state dairies. A vigil by dairy workers was conducted outside the […]

Faculty seek representative to serve on UW Board of Regents

The following is from SEIU 925: OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2016) — State Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) introduced a bill last week that would bring balance to the University of Washington Board of Regents by creating a faculty position. Currently the majority of regents on the Board are leaders of finance and industry. Creating a faculty […]

Celebrate, honor MLK’s pro-labor legacy

(Jan. 18, 2016) — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that the struggle for economic and social justice necessarily includes the right of workers to form unions, not only to improve their own wages and working conditions, but also to fight for the preservation of public services. That’s why celebrating MLK Day and reminding […]

We’re No. 1, Dennis less menace, no PTT, Starman…

Friday, January 15, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From Business Insider — The economies of all U.S. states ranked — Business Insider ranked the economies of all the states and D.C. on seven measures: unemployment rates; GDP per capita; average weekly wages; recent growth rates for nonfarm payroll jobs; GDP; house prices; and wages. […]

Casa Latina’s board names Marcos Martinez new director

The following is from Casa Latina, which is affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE (Jan. 15, 2016) — After an extensive search in collaboration with worker-members and staff, the Casa Latina board of directors is proud to have selected Marcos Martinez as the organization’s new Executive Director. Founding Executive Director Hilary Stern […]

Kadlec deal, Boeing tax breaks, Son of Bush v. Gore…

Thursday, January 14, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing, SPEEA unveil surprise 6-year contract deal for 21,000 engineers — The deal guarantees average 5 percent compensation increases for 5 years, slows growth in members’ traditional pensions from 2019 on and adds new provisions for SPEEA members whose jobs are moved […]


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