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Archive for: February, 2016

SPEEA engineering, technical units at Boeing OK 6-year contract

The following is from SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001: SEATTLE (Feb. 18, 2016) — Engineers and technical workers have accepted new six-year contract agreements with The Boeing Company that ensure continued market-leading salaries, retirement benefit growth, and a choice of comprehensive medical plans, including a no-premium plan. Votes tallied Wednesday at the headquarters of the Society of […]

Senate punts, SPEEA votes, Obama scolds, Voter ID cheats…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► TODAY at 5 p.m. is the cutoff for the Washington State Legislature to consider bills in their houses of origin. Check out the action live at TVW. ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix — Under a […]

Path to Power candidate training set for April 14-15 in Yakima

UPDATE — The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 15, and the training is now offered at NO COST to participants. YAKIMA (Feb. 17, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is partnering with the national AFL-CIO to host PATH TO POWER: A Political Candidate Training Program. This training provides union members and […]

Space Needle settles, pays illegally fired union supporter

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (Feb. 17, 2016) — The Space Needle has reached settlement with fired union activist Fernando Jimenez, a servers’ assistant at the SkyCity Restaurant who recently welcomed his second child and had worked at the Needle for seven years when management wrongfully terminated him in March of […]

AFSCME, IBT decry right-wing funding by Wells Fargo exec

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: (Feb. 17, 2016) — Pro-choice, LGBTQ and other groups are pressuring Wells Fargo to address concerns about one of the bank’s top executives, Executive Vice President Jeffrey Grubb. In addition to his role at Wells Fargo, Jeffrey Grubb is a trustee of the Murdock Trust, an organization that funds […]

SCOTUS interruptus, Olympia’s smell, WA rocks…

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   SUPREME COURT   ► From The Atlantic — What will become of public-sector unions now? (by Charlotte Garden) — With news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing on Saturday, a new question emerged: Assuming Scalia was indeed part of a five-justice majority to hold mandatory union fees unconstitutional, what will become […]

Legislators get an earful on key labor issues at WSLC conference

OLYMPIA (Feb. 16, 2016) — Hundreds of rank-and-file members representing unions from across the state became lobbyists for a day at the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Lobbying Conference on Friday. In his opening remarks for the conference, WSLC President Jeff Johnson described what had happened the previous Friday, when Senate Republicans unexpectedly fired Transportation […]

Something happened so… a Valentine’s Day song

Friday, February 12, 2016   SOMETHING HAPPENED   …at the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Reception last night and it caused technical difficulties for The Entire Staff of The Stand. Therefore, you’ll have to wait until next week for your next set of news links. Thank you for your understanding and please stop talking so […]

Initiative 1433 campaign kicks off on Saturday, March 5

(Feb. 12, 2016) — Ladies and gentlemen, we have a number — and a launch date. The ballot initiative to raise Washington state’s minimum wage and allow all workers in the state to earn paid sick leave is Initiative 1433. Filed last month and supported by Raise Up Washington — a coalition of union, faith […]

Strong voter support, Boeing job cuts stir renewed interest in bill

(Feb. 12, 2016) — A new survey of likely voters in Washington state found that there is overwhelming support for a change to the current aerospace tax credit law. Seventy-four percent of general election voters, and 81 percent of Democratic primary voters, support changing the law so the amount of tax breaks Boeing and other […]


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