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Archive for: May, 2016

Triumph strike, pay for training, Dems’ Dream Team, TPP and China…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Machinists vote to strike Triumph factory on West Plains — The Machinists union making aerospace parts at the Triumph Composite Systems factory west of Spokane rejected a labor contract Monday and voted to go on strike beginning Wednesday. The vote by 93 percent […]

Machinists’ pickets up at Triumph in Spokane

UPDATE (May 11, 2016) — The Machinists Union picket lines that went up one minute after midnight on Wednesday morning outside Triumph Composite Systems are going strong. Feel free to stop by and show your support and solidarity at 1514 S. Flint Road near the Spokane International Airport. Meanwhile, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review reports today that […]

Turn in your peanut butter! Weigh-in Wednesday in Tacoma

The following is from the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: TACOMA — Have you or your local union been collecting peanut butter for Secretary Patty Rose’s peanut butter challenge? The final weigh-in of the Pierce County Central Labor Council’s 2016 Peanut Butter Drive will be held at the delegate meeting on Wednesday, May 11. […]

“Freedom” vs. privacy, Trump’s guarantee, Garland’s tango…

Monday, May 9, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From the Seattle Times — Vote: Are Boeing’s tax breaks worth it? ► From Teamsters 117 — “Freedom” Foundation threatens DOC members’ privacy — A group called the “Freedom Foundation” filed a Public Records Act request to obtain personal, sensitive information — like your full name […]

Participate in Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday, May 14

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is on May 14 this year. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. […]

Register now for labor history conference in Portland May 20-22

PORTLAND (May 11, 2016) — People interested in Washington, Oregon and Pacific Northwest labor history are encouraged to attend the 2016 Conference of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association to share views on “Labor, Justice, and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances, and Challenges.” It will be May 20-22 at the Portland State University Conference Center. […]

Government contractors cut corners with dire consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2016) — The decades-long experiment of contracting out public goods and services by governments, known as “privatization,” has often had dire consequences for the public, workers, and the environment. A report released last month, Cutting Corners: How Government Contractors Harm the Public in Pursuit of Profit, details the negative impacts on the public […]

Our black hole, Trump in town, AFSCMESEIU, birth of the riff…

Friday, May 6, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From KUOW — Washington companies got $550 million in tax breaks, and that’s just the ones we know about — Boeing’s mega-tax breaks have focused public attention on the state legislature’s decisions to forgo tax revenues. The legislature offers more than 600 different types of tax […]

WORKING: Everyday stories told in Seattle musical this weekend

SEATTLE (May 6, 2016) — Yesterday, we posted a list of great union-made Mother’s Day gifts you can give your mom this weekend that support good family-wage jobs. In addition to several MayWorks events happening this weekend, here is an opportunity for folks in the Seattle area to take your moms to see a union […]

Scott out, Ormsby in, pizza up, adjuncts broke…

Thursday, May 5, 2016   CAMPAIGN 2016   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Rep. Elizabeth Scott ends campaign for Congress, citing health reasons — State Rep. Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) announced she is ending her campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st CD. Scott cited health reasons for her decision to halt […]

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