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Archive for: April, 2016

Puget Sound-area grocery workers ratify new contract

The following joint news release is from United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 21 and 367, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 38 regarding a contract covering about 30,000 grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. (April 29, 2016) — For the first time in 15 years, grocery store workers […]

Grocery contract vote, GOP vs. retirees, Tao of Willie…

Friday, April 29, 2016   GROCERY CONTRACT   ► From KPLU — Contracts covering 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are up for a vote — Grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region came very close to going on strike in late 2013, but recent contract negotiations have gone more smoothly and […]

Johnson on Worker Memorial Day: Never forget the fallen

OLYMPIA (April 29, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson delivered the following remarks at the annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony conducted at the headquarters of the state Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and our 450,000 union members I want to thank […]

MayWorks 2016 celebrates ‘Hold the Fort!’

“Like” the MayWorks Facebook page for the latest! From striking tobacco workers singing “We Shall Overcome,” to the IWW organizing through song over the Salvation Army’s attempts to silence them (“You’ll have pie in the sky when you die!”), to the East and West Coast hip-hop artists, to the soundtrack of the Black Lives Matter […]

Sen. Murray helps secure grants to assist state’s unemployed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies — including about $9.2 million in Washington state — to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) programs for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Estimates based on the budgets in the past […]

WSLC seeks Accounting Manager in Seattle starting in mid-June

(April 29, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is looking for a full-time Accounting Manager — starting in mid-June — to do full charge bookkeeping and account management for the organization. The Accounting Manager reports directly to the Secretary Treasurer and the President. He or she will work directly with Accounts Payable support […]

Worker Memorial Day, more Boeing cuts, May Day…

Thursday, April 28, 2016   WORKER MEMORIAL DAY   ► From KUOW — Half the workers killed in Washington are over 50 — Worker Memorial Day, the day Washington state honors people who lost their lives on the job, is today. Half of the workplace deaths involved people over the age of 50. That number has been […]

WSLC asks Inslee to intervene at Green River College

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, speaks at Friday’s protest of students, faculty and community leaders at Green River College calling for the firing of college President Eileen Ely. See more photos, see AFT Washington’s website. (April 28, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson has asked Gov. Jay […]

Boeing profits off, Green River protest redux, majorities don’t rule…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing misses profit target as charge for tanker crimps earnings — Boeing’s profit fell short of analyst estimates for the first time in five years, after an accounting loss from the first refueling tankers built under a U.S. Air Force contract. Investors […]

Labor call to action May 4-5 in Vancouver

Calling all area unions for voter registration drive, Labor Neighbor walk   The following is from Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program: (April 27, 2016) — The real needs and concerns of working families in Vancouver and Clark County are being ignored in Olympia. Washington, D.C.-style partisan politics and […]


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