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Archive for: January, 2016

Forums start this week on minimum wage/sick leave effort

(Jan. 11, 2016) — This year, labor, faith, and community groups are coming together to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and providing paid sick and safe leave throughout the state. A ballot measure will be filed today that would raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn […]

Session opens, Spokane sick leave, cutting off constituents…

Monday, January 11, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the News Tribune — Lawmakers are bystanders on big 2016 decisions — Citizen initiatives and executive action are taking center stage on a number of hot-button issues, with state lawmakers left to react — or relegated to the sidelines. Unions and their allies plan to […]

WSLC: Supreme Court should reject 1%ers’ Friedrichs case

(Jan. 11, 2016) — Following is a statement from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that will be heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court: “America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder for working people to get by, let alone […]

Rally Tuesday in support of Vancouver Energy project

The following is from the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: VANCOUVER — Supporters of the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA will hold a rally Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Clark County Event Center, Hall C, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield. The rally will be prior […]

Tax break transparency, war on unions, History Repeating…

Friday, January 8, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing must disclose tax-break savings, state Department of Revenue rules — In a major reversal, the state Department of Revenue has ruled Boeing and other aerospace firms must start disclosing savings from some of their biggest tax breaks. The action came […]

Protest TPP in Seattle Jan. 12 before State of the Union

SEATTLE — Retirees and concerned citizens will join a demonstration at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Seattle at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 12 to demonstrate their opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. President Obama is expected to push for passage of the TPP during his State of the Union address later on […]

Fill out survey to help identify unique risks for women in trades

The following is from Safety & Health Empowerment for Women in Trades: (Jan. 8, 2016) — Construction work can be dangerous with exposure to machines, dust, and chemicals. Women workers may face additional risks from inadequate physical protection and stress. As opportunities for women in the trades continue to grow in the Pacific Northwest, we […]

1%ers’ think tank refuses Friedrichs petitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) — Representatives of America Works Together, a coalition that includes teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public service workers and their allies, attempted on Wednesday to deliver more than 100,000 signed petitions to a Washington, D.C. think tank funded by right-wing billionaires, urging them to stop their attacks on the working […]

Lowering WA’s wage floor, corporate UW, Macy’s cuts…

Thursday, January 7, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Health benefits would count toward minimum wage under state bill — Rep. Drew MacEwan (R-Union) has pre-filed HB 2291, a bill to include the money employers pay toward medical benefits as part of a worker’s hourly wage. It would also […]

Cheating farm workers, The New Yakima, lame-duck TPP…

Wednesday, January 6, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Farmworker advocates ask for criminal probe in wage survey — “We also request action to protect agricultural workers from economic harm as a consequence of such actions,” said the letter from the Washington State Labor Council, the AFL-CIO, Columbia Legal Services and others. […]


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