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Archive for: March, 2016

TPP Regional Activation Summit slated for April 16 in Tacoma

TACOMA — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition is hosting a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Regional Activation Summit on Saturday, April 16 at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St. in Tacoma. Whether you’re worried about the TPP and not sure how to take action, or if you’ve been organizing for fair trade since 1999, this […]

Democrats caucus, NFIB judges, R.I.P. Five Footer…

Friday, March 25, 2016   CAMPAIGN 2016   ► In the Olympian — Democrats in Washington to make their pick for president at Saturday caucuses — Throughout the state, thousands of Democratic voters are expected to turn out for precinct caucuses Saturday to choose who they want as the party’s nominee. The caucus results will […]

Next Citizenship Day is April 23 in Yakima

(March 25, 2016) — The Washington New Americans program — in partnership with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and several local unions — saw huge success last month with a citizenship clinic in Seattle, where dozens of immigrants took their first step toward becoming U.S. citizens. The organizations are planning the next Citizenship Day […]

17th LD ‘freedom,’ sunshine for persuaders, two Dems to lose…

Thursday, March 24, 2016   CAMPAIGN 2016   ► From the NW Accountability Project — What’s going on in Washington’s 17th Legislative District? — What’s going on with the Freedom Foundation and its heightened political intervention in Washington’s 17th LD? The so-called 501(c)3 “non-partisan” not-for-profit “think tank” appears to have its sights set on electing […]

Study: Casa Latina raises wages, conditions

SEATTLE (March 24, 2016) — Casa Latina is excited to announce a “first-of-its-kind” study showing that Casa Latina, and worker centers all across the country, are a triple threat to poverty: they offer hardworking individuals more jobs, more money, and more justice. For example, workers at Casa Latina were paid up to 25% more than […]

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

The following is from Safety & Health Empowerment for Women in Trades: SEATTLE (March 24, 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, […]

Hillary does WA, pro-trade anti-FTA, GOP’s new clothes…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016   CAMPAIGN 2016   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — In Everett, Hillary Clinton pledges pursuit of job creation — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigned at the Machinists hall in Everett on Tuesday, pledging to pursue policies that create jobs and boost exports while defending the rights of organized labor. […]

America’s racism, divisiveness is wearing on our constitution

By JOHN BURBANK (March 23, 2016) — During this strange presidential campaign, several candidates are spouting wishful thinking about what our nation’s founders believed. Consider this:   “Ted Cruz has spent a lifetime fighting to defend the Constitution. Our nation’s founding document and the supreme law of the land was crafted by our Founding Fathers to […]

Tell Labor Dept. to quickly implement overtime pay rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 23, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor has sent the long-overdue, much-needed update in overtime pay rules to the Office of Management and Budget to prepare for its final implementation. Unfortunately, conservatives in Congress are eager to steal this victory from America’s working families by running out the clock on one of […]

WA feels the Bern, SCOTUS control, ‘utopia’ in KS, LA…

Monday, March 21, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From Oregon Public Broadcasting — GOP politicians planned, participated in key aspects of refuge occupation — On a cold January morning, a posse led by a former Army company commander named Matt Shea rolled into the Harney County Courthouse and wanted to speak to the sheriff. But […]


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