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Archive for: February, 2016

Our debtors’ prisons, Mitch doubles down, Social Security tops concerns…

Tuesday, February 23, 2016   L.F.O. REFORM   ► From The Atlantic — Debtors’ prison in 21st-Century America — Thousands of people throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area are routinely sent to jail because they cannot pay local court fines and fees. These people are poor, and they tend to be black. While there are […]

WSLC endorses Tim Probst for State Senate in the 17th LD

VANCOUVER, Wash. (Feb. 23, 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 — has endorsed Tim Probst, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 17th District. The WSLC Executive Board took the early endorsement action […]

Senate GOP: Do your job, work to fill Supreme Court vacancy

The following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Working people like us work hard and do the job we were paid to do every day. We don’t just do the parts of the job that we like or choose when to show up on the job. Sadly, we can’t say the same […]

Cycle of debt, sick customers, Flint Lives Matter…

Monday, February 22, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From PubliCola — Democrats demand accountability from Boeing — The state house Democrats introduced a legislative package Thursday to close five tax breaks — including one bill that would penalize Boeing if the local airplane titan didn’t meet the employment goals specified in the controversial $8.7 […]

Uber deactivates local driver who supports unionization

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATTLE (Feb. 22, 2016) — An outspoken Uber driver who supports unionization and has been critical of the company in the press was stripped of his ability to work on the Uber app without notice last week. Peter Kuel, who has driven for Uber since 2014, said he […]

Oregon leads, pre-empting hypocrisy, Trump will make Boeing great again…

Friday, February 19, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Oregon lawmakers approve landmark minimum wage increase — Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system based on geography…. Oregon’s new […]

Seattle City Council unanimously urges the rejection of TPP

The following is from the Seattle City Council: SEATTLE (Feb. 19, 2016) — In an open letter to members of Washington State’s Congressional delegation, Councilmember Mike O’Brien and his Council colleagues declared their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and affirmed their support for practices that protect jobs, workers and the environment. The […]

House Dems unveil corporate tax accountability plan

The following is from the Washington House Democrats: OLYMPIA (Feb. 19, 2016) — A group of more than two dozen House Democrats on Thursday announced a new package of bills to hold corporations accountable for the tax breaks they receive. The plan will repeal, narrow and attach stipulations to five tax breaks that currently benefit […]

Gloomy forecast, SeaTac suit, 3/5ths of a president…

Thursday, February 18, 2016   BOEING   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Boeing engineers, techs approve historic six-year labor agreement — Nearly three-quarters of Boeing’s Puget Sound-area engineers and technical workers approved a six-year contract extension Wednesday night, bringing a new era of labor peace to the area until 2022. ALSO at The […]

New state complaint cites Freedom Foundation politicking

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (Feb. 18, 2016) — Fire fighters, women’s health advocates, teachers, LGBT advocates and others are calling on Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to launch an investigation into the Freedom Foundation’s tax-exempt status and compliance with state rules. (See the full complaint available here.) The Northwest Accountability […]


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