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Archive for: May, 2016

Strong strike solidarity for faculty at Green River College

By LYNNE DODSON AUBURN (May 24, 2016) — I will never cross a picket line. Yesterday, hundreds of members of the Green River United Faculty Coalition/AFT Local 2195 started a three-day strike against the retaliatory practices of Green River College President Eileen Ely and Board of Trustee chair Pete Lewis. They are talking a courageous […]

Nonunion elevators raise safety concerns at Swedish job site

By JIM NORRIS SEATTLE (May 24, 2016) — Swedish Medical Center is a unionized hospital and typically all of its construction projects are union built, including the two 17-story towers now being built on Swedish’s main First Hill Campus by Sellen Construction. Scheduled for occupation by the end of 2019, this project is creating hundreds […]

Fast Track fallout, TCH echo chamber, a must-read Must-Read…

Monday, May 23, 2016   2016 ELECTIONS    ► From — Labor pains: Unions refuse to endorse Murray, 3 Democratic House members — The Washington State Labor Council, angry at a pending trade agreement, has denied its endorsement to Sen. Patty Murray and Democratic U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen. The […]

Three-day faculty strike begins at Green River College

The following is an open letter from Karen Strickland, President of AFT Washington, AFL-CIO: AUBURN (May 23, 2016) — Green River United Faculty Coalition/AFT Local 2195 has called a 3-day strike which begins today (Monday, May 23) and ends on Wednesday, May 25. The strike will take place at all four college campuses: the main […]

Union delegates make WSLC election endorsements

UPDATE — Here is a printable one-page list of WSLC endorsements made at the 2016 COPE Convention on May 21, at the WSLC 2016 Convention in Wenatchee on July 21, and after the Primary Election by the WSLC Executive Board. Also see TVW coverage of the congressional and statewide candidates’ speeches/panels prior to endorsement voting. […]

Bogus on the ballot, austerity updates, tax-free Trump, 30-year walk…

Friday, May 20, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From Newsweek — States’ Republicans scramble to halt minimum wage initiatives — Opponents of minimum wage increases elsewhere have been adopting the stealth alternate countermeasure tactic. They increasingly realize that simply opposing any minimum wage increase is a losing proposition given the overwhelming public support for […]

I-124 would protect women working in Seattle’s hotels

The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (May 20, 2016) — In employee break rooms throughout downtown Seattle this week, hotel workers are saying “yes” to Initiative 124, becoming the first signatories to bring the initiative to the ballot. The proposed law would protect Seattle’s hotel housekeepers from sexual harassment and inhumane workloads, […]

WSLC 2016 Legislative Report shows why elections matter

WSLC’s 2016 Legislative Report, labor voting record now available   OLYMPIA (May 20, 2016) — As rank-and-file delegates representing unions across the state gather this weekend to decide which candidates deserve labor’s support, a new report outlining the “logjam in Olympia” on working families’ issues explains why elections matter. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO […]

Senate Republicans: Put down the shovels, get out of the hole

By JEFF JOHNSON As Molly Ivins used to say, “The first rule of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging.” My message to Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and the Senate Republican majority: “Put down your shovels.” Expectations were low for the 2016 legislative session and these expectations were met. I’m not […]

Strike solidarity, Moeller steps up, Republicans vs. overtime pay…

Thursday, May 19, 2016   LOCAL   ► At IAM Eastern Washington — Triumph picket line lunch with SPEEA (photos) ALSO at The Stand — Labor and community back Triumph strikers ► In the NW Labor Press — Workers to vote on union at PeaceHealth Vancouver hospital — American Federation of Teachers is ramping up […]


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