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Murray unveils bipartisan bill to strengthen apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate labor committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s workforce development system through registered apprenticeship programs. The EARNS Act would support pre-apprenticeship programs and […]

New OT pay rule is a victory for middle-wage workers, all of us

By JOHN BURBANK (May 19, 2016) — Yesterday President Obama makes up for four decades of neglect of middle wage workers by both Republican and Democratic administrations. That’s thanks to a new federal rule on how and how much employers pay workers. This new rule will result in workers gaining literally thousands of dollars more […]

Organizing wins fuel excitement at Teamsters 117

(May 19, 2016) — Teamsters Local 117 has been on an organizing tear recently. Over the past two years, the local has brought over 900 members into the union. Bus drivers, parking attendants, clerical staff, warehouse workers, municipal professionals, dentists, construction-industry workers and many others — they are all new members of Teamsters 117. The […]

You subsidize Triumph, #BabyJayden, Dem-fighting…

Wednesday, May 18, 2016   TRIUMPH STRIKE   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Triumph got $790,000 in tax breaks from state in last two years — As the strike of machinists at the Triumph Composite Systems facility west of Spokane ended its first week Tuesday with no sign talks will resume soon, union leaders continued […]

New overtime pay rule will mean raises for 4.2 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2016) — At the direction of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled new rules that will make millions more American workers eligible to receive overtime pay, effective Dec. 1, 2016. In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, and […]

State’s CEOs paid 190 times average rank-and-file worker

AFL-CIO’s 2016 Executive PayWatch highlights corporate pay inequality   SEATTLE (May 18, 2016) — CEO pay for major companies in Washington state continues to soar as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations who say they need to save money […]

Heather’s journey: From Purdy to punking iron to foreperson

SEATTLE (May 18, 2016) — The story of Heather Kurtenbach’s journey from Purdy Women’s Correctional Facility in Gig Harbor into her new family — the Ironworkers union — is an inspiration. It made her the hit of the recent 2016 Women Build Nations conference in Chicago, which featured more than 1,500 tradeswomen from all over […]

Seattle Seawards, AFL-CIO rift, next town down, mind the pay gap…

Tuesday, May 17, 2016   LOCAL   ► From Full Frontal with Samantha Bee — Meet the Seattle Seawards! — In a send up of the sexist response that the five female members of the Seattle city council got this month for being the five votes against the SoDo arena, TBS political comedy show Full […]

‘Labor in Olympia’ events begin on May 19

The following is from the City of Olympia regarding some special upcoming events happening there, including some in conjunction with the WSLC’s MayWorks: OLYMPIA (May 17, 2016) — The Olympia Heritage Commission is teaming up with multiple partners to celebrate Preservation Month under the theme, “Labor in Olympia: This Place Matters.”  Part of a national […]

Revive ‘Made in Washington,’ Amazon vs. its workers, jailing the poor…

Monday, May 16, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► MUST-READ in today’s News Tribune — ‘Washington-made:’ Is it just a slogan? (by Larry Brown and Mark Martinez) — Washington’s economy is on dangerous footing. State leaders are creating a very inhospitable and uncertain regulatory environment for those who want to invest in business ventures here […]

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