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Archive for: June, 2016

TPP offensive, uniting United, the other Bernie…

Thursday, June 30, 2016   TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP   ► In today’s Washington Post — Obama and Sanders battle over TPP and the Democratic platform — Sanders reportedly used his post-primary meeting with the president to say he would push for the party to officially oppose the TPP. The president said he would not allow it. […]

A nation built on freedom — and slavery

By JOHN BURBANK (June 30, 2016) — These days, the Fourth of July seems mostly to be about barbecues, beer and fireworks — all for the celebration of freedom. That’s the popular narrative for the birth of our country. But the truth is, the United States had many parents. Democracy was one. Slavery was another, […]

Support good jobs as you celebrate July 4

The following is from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s website Labor 411: (June 30, 2016) — Summer is here, the sun is out and the celebration of our country’s independence is almost here! The Fourth of July is an explosion of festivities and gatherings, and we at Labor 411 want you to be […]

WFSE Unity Events, inevitable I-1433, Bernie’s wake-up call…

Wednesday, June 29, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From WFSE — Big day today for more Unity Events — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 is stepping up its public actions with events around the state Wednesday for a fair contract that addresses the pay gap between state employees and counterparts […]

Setting the record straight about Norwegian Air, Open Skies pact

By JOHN D. PORCARI (June 29, 2016) — Expanding global connectivity through aviation only succeeds when the playing field is level and the rules are both universally understood and scrupulously enforced. That was the core principle behind our government’s negotiation of an amended air services agreement with the European Union (EU), known as the U.S.-EU […]

U.S. must stop NAI flag-of-convenience plan

The following is from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA): (June 29, 2016) — In the United States and much of the rest of the world, international aviation regulations have traditionally required aircraft to be registered (“flagged”) in the home country of its owners and regulators. This system encourages best practices in safety and prohibits […]

Supporting Tacoma nurses, obstructing Boeing jobs, working hungry…

Tuesday, June 28, 2016   LOCAL   ► From KPLU — Rest breaks are one big issue in negotiations between Tacoma General nurses and MultiCare — Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital held an informational picket on Monday before heading back to the bargaining table with MultiCare this week. The union, the Washington State Nurses Association, said […]

Watch AFL-CIO’s ‘Trading Up’ conference in DC

  The following is from AFL-CIO Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist Celeste Drake: (June 28, 2016) — Today, the AFL-CIO is hosting a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy […]

Donate auction items to fund training for union women

(June 28, 2016) — Every year, the Women’s Committee of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO holds a silent auction at the council’s convention. The proceeds fund scholarships for rank-and-file union women to attend leadership institutes and training. The committee is asking WSLC friends and affiliates to donate union goods, services or monetary contributions for […]

College cuts, tax-free Trump needs $10, uncertain immigrants…

Monday, June 27, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Seattle Times — New funding formula will mean cuts at some community colleges — A new state formula will lead to cutbacks at Washington’s community colleges, as well as changes in the types of courses the schools will offer. Seattle Colleges has started eliminating […]


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