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Archive for: May, 2016

Tax-free Trump says his returns are ‘none of your business’

By LEO W. GERARD (May 31, 2016) — Donald Trump scorns traditional presidential candidate standards. The Donald doesn’t do what’s expected. And he certainly doesn’t do what he tells other candidates they must do. If Donald doesn’t feel like debating, he stiffs his opponents and grabs attention doing something different. If he finally realizes there’s […]

Triumph strike support, victory at Verizon, broken promises…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016   LOCAL   Washington State Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson visited Gary Swartz of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 on the picket line at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane, where the Machinists’ strike continues after three weeks. The WSLC donated $1,000 to the union’s strike fund. ALSO at The Stand […]

Eyman always wins, KPLU hits goal, 30 years of failure, Fall at Your Feet…

Friday, May 27, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Eyman’s tax-limiting initiative unconstitutional, state Supreme Court says — The high court said Initiative 1366, sponsored by anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, was unconstitutional because it violated the requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject. ► In today’s News Tribune — Supreme […]

Spokane strike support, Eyman loses (again), politics gets personal…

Thursday, May 26, 2016   LOCAL   ► From IAM Eastern WA Facebook page — Spokane labor movement backs Triumph strikers — The Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO has voted to contribute $1,000 to striking Machinists at Triumph Composite Systems. The money will be used to bolster the strike fund at Machinists Union Local Lodge […]

Return your I-1433 petitions; volunteer July 4

UPDATE (June 24, 2016) — This is it. Thank you to all of you who gathered signatures for Initiative 1433, the important effort to raise the state minimum wage and allow workers to earn paid sick leave. To make sure I-1433 makes the ballot, it’s critical that you mail any signatures you have in hand. […]

Celebrate Memorial Day, start summer right: Buy Union!

Memorial Day — this Monday, May 30 — is a day set aside for remembering the people who died while serving in the United States armed forces. This weekend is also the unofficial kickoff to summer and the grilling season. Here are some union-made food and drinks to get your barbecues off to a great […]

State to name Tacoma highway after ILWU leader Phil Lelli

OLYMPIA (May 25, 2016) — A portion of State Route 509 leading into the Port of Tacoma will be named in honor of the late Philip Martin Lelli, longtime President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 in Tacoma and former Port of Tacoma commissioner. During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), […]

Green River rally, our anchor corporations, UW organizing, Dara wins…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016   GREEN RIVER STRIKE   ► From AFT Washington — YOU are invited to End-of-Strike Rally at Green River College — AFT Washington invites union members, community supporters and elected officials to join Green River College faculty for a rally ending their three-day strike and thanking all supporters for the courage, […]

It’s time to fix America’s rigged economy, take on Wall Street

Following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2016) — It’s been more than eight years since Wall Street sent us into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Congress passed some important reforms to rein in Wall Street greed and excess, but we still have a long […]

Tax the regents, Jayapal scores, GOP silence…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Green River College faculty on strike over proposed cuts — Faculty members at Green River College, which has campuses in Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, are on strike through Wednesday protesting proposed cuts to 11 programs, including criminal justice, French and occupational therapy. In response, […]


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