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State employees show solidarity as WFSE bargains for real raises

(June 27, 2016) — Last week, in the first of a summer-long series of events around the state, hundreds of state employees who are members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 rallied at the state Department of Labor and Industries headquarters in Tumwater. Our friends, family and neighbors who provide essential […]

ST3 on the ballot, another Everett, D.C. dysfunction, ‘Go (—) the Way’….

Friday, June 24, 2016   SOUND TRANSIT   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Sound Transit puts $54 billion light-rail plan on ballot — Bold. Visionary. Historic. Courageous. Ambitious. Those were some of the adjectives Sound Transit board members used as they voted unanimously to put a $54 billion expansion plan on the November ballot. […]

Leaders react as short-handed court puts immigrants in limbo

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2016) — In a 4-4 tie decision on Thursday, the short-handed U.S. Supreme Court announced it was deadlocked on a case brought by the State of Texas to block President Barack Obama’s immigration plan to shield an estimated five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to legally work in […]

Triumph triumph, we’re #3, blockade blocks, voting rights gutted…

Thursday, June 23, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Machinists Union votes to end Triumph Composite strike lockout — Machinists Union workers in Spokane have voted to accept a contract offer and end a nearly six-week strike lockout at aerospace manufacturer Triumph Composite Systems on the West Plains. About 400 employees have […]

Social Security, Medicare report ‘reassuring,’ says Trumka

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2016) — Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034, when it will face a modest gap in funding, the social insurance program’s trustees reported on Wednesday. But predictably, corporate media headlines this morning say the situation is “dire” and warn of looming “insolvency” because they want to […]

Graduating worker bees: Let’s make both honey and wax

The following is the commencement address delivered June 10 by the student speaker, Kandi Bauman, at the 2016 Masters in Public Administration Hooding Ceremony at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.   By KANDI M. BAUMAN Congratulations, graduates of 2016! At this point in my life and at this point in my career, I am […]

Lockout to end as Machinists approve new Triumph contract

The following is from Machinists Union District Lodge 751: SPOKANE (June 23, 2016) — Machinists Union members who work at Triumph Composite Systems have accepted the company’s offer on a four-year contract and will return to work on Monday. Union members voted by 82 percent to accept the offer, which ends a lockout at the […]

State workers rally, Sacred Heart nurses march, Kochs summon…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Olympian — State workers rally on eve of labor negotiations — State workers rallied Tuesday in Tumwater as part of a summer campaign to persuade the state to provide a labor contract that would boost salaries, make health care more affordable and provide better […]

Join MultiCare Tacoma General nurses at June 27 picket, rally

TACOMA (June 22, 2016) — For months, nurses at Multicare Tacoma General Hospital have been fighting to improve patient care and nurse safety through the Washington State Nurses Association’s “Patients Before Profits” campaign. With contract negotiations set to begin, it’s time to show these nurses that the community supports and appreciates their efforts. All Tacoma […]

99% below, Hanford vapors, buying a VP, Kansas fails…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► Today at WFSE.org — We can’t get ahead when 99% are behind — That’s right. 99%. State employees are paid less than private and public sector counterparts. We can’t afford to be left behind again. Union contract negotiations are underway – a perfect time to let […]

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