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Archive for: April, 2016

Republicans on silica: It’s OK for corporations to kill people

By LEO W. GERARD (April 27, 2016) — Alan White couldn’t shout jubilation from the rooftop on March 25 when he heard that the U.S. Department of Labor, after decades of trying, had finally issued a stricter rule to limit exposure to potentially deadly silica dust in workplaces. He was happy, all right. After all, […]

Our most unfair taxes, Bryant on Trump (crickets), your raise…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Taxes like Texas: Washington’s system among nation’s most unfair — A problem with relying on sales taxes is that, compared with income or property taxes, they hit the poor the hardest. “Low-income people spend most, if not all, of their income […]

3-day organizer training May 13-15 in Tacoma

TACOMA — The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute trains member activists and staff in basic organizing skills. In partnership with the Washington State Labor Council and the Pierce County Central Labor Council, unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO are invited to send their talented rank-and-file members to attend the institute’s 3-Day Basic Organizing Skills training in Tacoma. It […]

Green River protest, Freedom vs. privacy, rich milk Social Security…

Monday, April 25, 2016   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Green River College staff, students walk out over leadership, budget — Hundreds of students, faculty and staff staged a walkout at Green River College in Auburn on Friday, leaving their classrooms to march through campus and shouting for the college’s president to […]

Alliance climate policy: ‘Reduce and reinvest’

The following is from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: (April 25, 2016) — For more than a year, members of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy have been working together to devise a policy that will reduce climate pollution and accelerate our move to clean energy, while aiding in an equitable, workable […]

Prison safety, ‘training wages,’ silica rule, we gently weep…

Friday, April 22, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Despite reforms, Washington prison workers still feel unsafe — The murder of a Monroe corrections officer in 2011 incited Washington to develop and deploy the nation’s most comprehensive approach to improving the safety of prison staff. But even with added security […]

Nominate members for WSLC’s 2016 awards, scholarships

(April 22, 2016) — Each year at its annual convention, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO presents awards recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of specific union organizations and individual union members. The WSLC Women’s Committee also offers scholarships to attend the annual Summer Institute on Union Women. As the deadline for award nominations approach, the […]

WSLC’s Johnson explains labor’s opposition to I-732 carbon tax

(April 21, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, appeared on the PBS Newshour Thursday night to explain why organized labor opposes the Initiative 732 carbon tax that will appear on this fall’s ballot in Washington state. The I-732 segment can be watched here. Or here (Johnson’s comments begin at […]

‘Unachievable’ at Boeing, Chamber vs. business owners, growth kills…

Thursday, April 21, 2016   BOEING   ► From Bloomberg — Boeing stock falls as analyst says 787 profit goal ‘unachievable’ –Boeing stock tumbled Wednesday after an analyst downgraded the shares to “underperform” and said the U.S. planemaker stood little chance of fully recovering almost $29 billion that’s been sunk into producing the 787 Dreamliner jet. […]

Worker Memorial Day events statewide this week

Each year on Worker Memorial Day, April 28, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew our struggle for safe workplaces. “Each and every day in this country, on average 13 workers die on the job as a result of workplace injuries — women and men […]


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