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Archive for: April, 2016

Jim McNerney’s legacy at Boeing: $29 billion in unpaid 787 bills

By DAVID GROVES (April 21, 2016) — Bloomberg reports that Boeing Co. shares tumbled Wednesday after an analyst downgraded the stock to “underperform” and said the company stood little chance of fully recovering the $32 billion that’s been sunk into developing the 787 Dreamliner jet. Despite the company’s assurances, some analysts believe the 787 will […]

VA privatization fix is in, dead heat in the 7th, memo to Dems…

Wednesday, April 20, 2016   FEDERAL GOVERNMENT   ► In the Boston Globe — Special interest groups want to privatize the VA and nobody is paying attention (by Paul Glastris) — Should America’s veterans receive health care at hospitals and clinics run by the federal government, as they have for more than a century? Or […]

Tell MultiCare to put ‘Patients Before Profits’ at Tacoma General

TACOMA (April 20, 2016) — Last weekend, the Washington State Nurses Association launched “Patients Before Profits” TV ads in Tacoma — featuring local unit superhero Renata Bowlden, RN — as part of their campaign to improve patient care and nurse safety with a fair contract at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. Their next bargaining sessions are […]

I-1433 will help ensure our economy works for us

By JOHN BURBANK (April 20, 2016) — What is the value of work? Is it what you get paid? Economists trained to embrace the private market simply equate the value of your work with your wage. It’s simple, easy to understand… and wrong. That equation is built on the theoretical idea of an economy with […]

Seattle sky aloft, democracy reborn, to Airbnb or not to Airbnb…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   LOCAL   ► From Slog — UW report on minimum wage shows ‘little or no evidence’ of price increases in Seattle — A year after Seattle started incrementally increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour, researchers have found little evidence of higher prices. That was one major takeaway from […]

The racist past and present of ‘right-to-work’ laws

By JOHN BOYLE and MICHAEL HUREAUX (April 19, 2016) — Of all the language-twisting political slogans of our time, few have had so long a lease on life as the phrase “right-to-work.” Right-to-work laws (RTW) are rooted in the quest for super-exploited labor. They are used to justify racial exclusion, destroy established collective bargaining agreements, […]

Ignoring the cliff, port extension, get tough on trade…

Monday, April 18, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Olympian — ‘Levy cliff’ should be more slippery for lawmakers (editorial) — School administrators already are struggling to hire new teachers in order to reduce class sizes. There already was a statewide teacher shortage and now the threat of layoffs. All of this underscores […]

Rally to Save Green River College is April 22 in Auburn

AUBURN — The M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are calling on all affiliated unions and community partners to join the students, faculty and staff of Green River College as they protest the toxic environment created by college President Eileen Ely. TAKE A STAND! — Come show your […]

Johnson: Court should uphold Obama’s immigration orders

(April 18, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement today: “The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive orders on DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action fort Childhood Arrivals). Twenty-seven states, […]

Familias Unidas leaders return from Sakuma boycott tour

MOUNT VERNON (April 18, 2016) — Leadership of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) and community members met at the Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm processing plant on Friday to celebrate the return of FUJ leaders from a monthlong tour of the West Coast. Members of FUJ are demanding a union contract with Sakuma Brothers Berry […]


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