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Archive for: March, 2016

Let’s end poverty wages, SPEEA’s safety net, twice the music…

Thursday, March 31, 2016   RAISE UP WASHINGTON   ► From Vox — Low-income Americans can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation — Low-income Americans are experiencing a staggering price hike in housing costs — a change that makes it sometimes impossible to afford basic necessities. A new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis of data from […]

WSLC’s candidate endorsement convention May 21 in Seattle

SEATTLE (March 31, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, has notified its more than 600 affiliated union organizations that the WSLC’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) Convention will be Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Machinists 751 Hall, 9125 15th Pl. S. in Seattle. Delegates representing WSLC-affiliated unions from across […]

Run the city for $15,000/year! (Bring your own desk and staff.)

By NICK LICATA (March 31, 2016) — Last week, I spent a few days in Indianapolis talking to their city council members and constituents. I was there as the keynote speaker for Butler University’s traditional Peace Week to talk about citizen activism. Indianapolis is the archetype city for those who want to shrink government. They […]

Boeing may cut 10% of jobs, adjournment, honest Hillary…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing job cuts this year could reach 10 percent — Since Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner announced a drive to cut the workforce six weeks ago, his team has taken steps expected to eliminate 4,000 jobs by June — and that […]

Legislators urge state officials to curb Freedom Foundation politics

OLYMPIA (March 30, 2016) — Raising serious questions about the extremist Freedom Foundation’s compliance with state laws, 30 Washington State Senators and Representatives are asking Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state Public Disclosure Commission, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to take a closer look at the political activities of the so-called “charity.” “It appears the Freedom Foundation […]

A major victory for workers, strong unions on Friedrichs

Split Supreme Court turns back right-wing Friedrichs attack on labor   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2016) — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced a 4-4 tie decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. It’s a major victory for organized labor and advocates for collective bargaining in a case brought by right-wing conservatives that threatened to […]

Friedrichs fails, SuperDelegates, Cathy keeps House…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016   BREAKING NEWS   ► From Reuters — Split U.S. Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to union fees — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday split 4-4 on a conservative legal challenge to a vital source of funds for organized labor, affirming a lower-court ruling that allowed California to force non-union […]

Millions in back wages may be owed to SeaTac, airport workers

With Hertz citation, L&I clarifies $15 minimum wage applies retroactively   By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATAC (March 29, 2016) — Earlier this month, the Hertz Corporation became the first employer at Sea-Tac International Airport to be cited by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) for failing to pay the proper minimum […]

Calif. workers win ‘tremendous victory’ in fight for $15

(March 29, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding the announcement of a deal in California to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022: “Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown, California state legislators and labor leaders announced a legislative agreement that will create […]

Bernie wins big, how GOP lost its base, politics of trade…

Monday, March 28, 2016   DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Bernie Sanders wins big in Washington caucuses — Drawing throngs of voters with his calls to reclaim political power from the billionaire class, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won a landslide victory (73%-27%) over Hillary Clinton on Saturday in Washington’s Democratic caucuses. […]


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