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Archive for: January, 2016

WSLC outlines ’16 Shared Prosperity Agenda

OLYMPIA (Jan. 14, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization representing the interests of more than 600 labor organizations with more than 450,000 members — outlined its 2016 Shared Prosperity Agenda on Wednesday for the legislative session that began this week. “Both the governor’s State of the State […]

SPEEA, Boeing reach tentative contract extension

The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE 2001 (SPEEA): SEATTLE (Jan. 14, 2016) — More than 20,000 engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Co. will soon receive ballots to vote on six-year contract extensions that include market-leading wages, continued retirement benefit growth, a choice of comprehensive medical plans and […]

WSNA wins decision against ‘on call’ rest breaks for nurses

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: TACOMA (Jan. 14, 2016) — For years, Tacoma General Hospital had covered nurse rest breaks by using a buddy system that had nurses taking a double load of patients while their colleagues were on their legally mandated breaks. The system meant that nurses were essentially “on […]

Sunny Jay, ‘Corporate Kadlec,’ Scalia’s flip-flop…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Education tops Inslee’s to-do list in State of the State address — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday laid out a short to-do list for this legislative session: ease a statewide teacher shortage, improve mental health services and cover the costs of […]

WSLC’s Johnson: State, nation face the future with confidence

(Jan. 13, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama and the State of the State address by Governor Jay Inslee: Governor Inslee and President Obama struck a common theme of facing the future […]

Rank-and-file nominees sought for WSLC standing committees

(Jan. 13, 2016) — All union organizations affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are encouraged to nominate members to the WSLC’s standing committees. As of Dec. 31, 2015, there are vacancies from terms expiring on the following active, high-profile committees: ► Diversity Committee ► DOSH / Industrial Insurance Monitoring Committee ► Economic Development, […]

Improving early learning starts with raising teacher pay

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 13, 2016) — You may remember the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit from the mid-’70s that started, “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” There’s probably less chance to become a cowboy these days — but if you change the line to “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up […]

Raise Up WA, our oligarchy, SOTU and TPP…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — New statewide initiative introduced to raise minimum wage — Supporters of raising Washington state’s minimum wage filed a ballot measure Monday that seeks to incrementally increase the state’s rate to $13.50 an hour over four years starting in 2017, as well as provide […]

Spokane City Council OKs paid sick and safe leave ordinance

SPOKANE (Jan. 12, 2016) — After hearing hours of mostly supportive public comments, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 late Monday night to approve a new city ordinance that guarantee that all workers in the city have the opportunity to earn at least three to five paid sick leave days per year. Although Mayor David […]

Statewide minimum wage/paid sick leave initiative is filed

The following is from Raise Up Washington: OLYMPIA (Jan. 11 ,2016) — Proponents of raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding sick leave for low income and working families across Washington today filed a citizen initiative for the 2016 ballot. The coalition, represented by workers, union members, faith leaders and others, submitted legislation to the Secretary […]


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