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Archive for: May, 2016

‘Freedom’ update: Lose to win, privacy reprieve, probes sought

By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (May 16, 2016) — In the end, it was the Freedom Foundation’s abject failure that helped it escape accountability and win a round in court on Friday. In 2014, as part of a national campaign by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to undermine public employee unions, the Freedom Foundation […]

Labor and community back Triumph workers

SPOKANE (May 16, 2016) — The following was written by Bryan Corliss of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and posted at the IAM 751 blog: SPOKANE — Machinists Union members on strike against Triumph Composite Systems are gaining support from union workers and community advocates from across Washington state and the nation. On Wednesday, the […]

Rally May 20 at Safeco Field to support Rhino NW riggers

The following is from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 15: Last year, workers at Rhino NW won the right to bargain collectively with IATSE Local 15, but the company is refusing to negotiate. Instead, Rhino NW brought in new workers to weaken the original bargaining unit. Unfair labor practice charges have been […]

America misses unions, Darden’s ripoff, Darius at 50…

Friday the 13th of May, 2016   TODAY’S MUST-READ   ► From FiveThirtyEight.com — Americans don’t miss manufacturing — they miss unions (by Ben Casselman) — When politicians pledge to protect manufacturing jobs, they really mean a certain kind of job: well-paid, long-lasting, with opportunities for advancement. Those aren’t qualities associated with working on a […]

Register now for May 21 COPE Convention

SEATTLE (May 13, 2016) — It’s not too late to register for the COPE (Committee on Political Education) Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, next Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Machinists 751 Hall, 9125 15th Pl. S. in Seattle. The WSLC’s 600-plus affiliated unions received their convention calls several […]

Subsidizing factories, rightsizing Benton, fixing TPP…

Thursday, May 12, 2016   AEROSPACE   ► MUST-READ in today’s Seattle Times — America’s new working poor — in manufacturing (by Jon Talton) — Think only fast-food workers are stuck in low-wage jobs and forced to get food stamps? Now a stunning number of manufacturing jobs pay poorly, too, which means taxpayers are forced […]

At halfway point, volunteers needed for Initiative 1433

(May, 12, 2016) — Following is a message from Raise Up Washington, the campaign to qualify and pass Initiative 1433: We need your help gathering signatures for Initiative 1433 — the historic campaign to raise Washington State’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50, phased in over four years, and allow workers to earn paid sick […]

Seeking scabs, Hanford layoffs, Shea skates, poultry and piss…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Triumph Composite workers strike; company seeks replacements — On Wednesday, most of the 402 members of the Machinists’ union at the Triumph plant in Spokane are on strike. Weeks of contract negotiations failed to resolve disagreements regarding money, retirement plans, health care and […]

Constituents to Kilmer: ‘TPP doesn’t make ¢ents for America’

TACOMA (May 11, 2016) — Constituents gathered outside a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th) at the Museum of Glass on Monday night with a handful of pennies and a message: “TPP Doesn’t Make ¢ents for America.” They called on Kilmer to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would expand the […]

Labor-community event for racial justice May 14 in Renton

RENTON — AFT Washington invites all to attend “Labor & Community: Standing Together in Solidarity for Racial Equity and Justice,” a special daylong event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Renton Technical College’s Resource Center Bldg. C, 3000 N.E. 4th St. in Renton. In partnership with 21 Progress, Sound Alliance, […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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