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Archive for: June, 2016

Full council will hear measure on ‘Uberization’ of broadcast news

UPDATE (June 24, 2016) — Following the 3-0 committee vote June 22 to defend quality broadcast news, sponsoring Seattle City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold, along with a coalition of community and labor members, will bring the broadcast media resolution to the full Seattle City Council at its meeting on Monday, June 27 at […]

Patty Murray, Thomas Perez: Collect signatures for I-1433

SEATTLE (June 21, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on Friday urged Washington voters to sign a petition for Initiative 1433, which would raise Washington state’s minimum wage in four steps to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn paid sick and safe leave. They were joined by UFCW 21 […]

IAM announces tentative deal with Triumph in Spokane

UPDATE (June 17, 2016) — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 posted the following today: SPOKANE — Negotiators from the Machinists Union and Triumph Composite Systems have reached a tentative agreement that could end the five-week-long labor dispute at the aerospace manufacturing plant. Union members who work at the plant will vote on the proposed four-year […]

Boeing lessons, free trade is dead, Obama’s favorite rapper…

Friday, June 17, 2016   BOEING   ► At — Boeing threatens workers on both coasts — A statement by Boeing posted on their anti-union website in South Carolina is drawing media scrutiny for suggesting that jobs in Washington state and South Carolina could be at risk if Congress doesn’t bow to a Norwegian […]

Green River College president resigns, healing process begins

AUBURN (June 17, 2016) — After facing three no-confidence votes, years of protests and a three-day Unfair Labor Practice strike by faculty in May, Green River College President Eileen Ely resigned effective immediately Thursday night at the meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees. Before last month’s strike, AFT Washington President Karen Strickland released a […]

AFL-CIO endorses Clinton for President of the United States

(June 16, 2016) — Working people in the AFL-CIO’s affiliate unions have chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated one year ago to capture the interests of the 12.5 million working people the federation represents. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said: Hillary Clinton is […]

Republican raise blockers, Clinton-Warren, visa abuses…

Thursday, June 16, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Consumers make state revenue picture a bit brighter — Washington will take in about $308 million more from taxes and fees by the end of next June than economists expected earlier this spring. In a state with a two-year budget of more […]

Trumka, Fletcher to keynote ’16 Convention

Hundreds of union delegates will convene July 19-21 in Wenatchee   UPDATE — Here is the Tentative Agenda for the WSLC Convention in Wenatchee on July 19-21. (Times are subject to change.) WENATCHEE (June 16, 2016) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and author/commentator Bill Fletcher, Jr. will be keynote speakers at the 2016 Constitutional Convention […]

Boeing bashes IAM, scaring America, Chamber’s dirty work…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing faults Machinists union for opposing Norwegian Air expansion — Boeing on Tuesday weighed in for the first time with a definitive public statement on a hot political controversy in the aviation world — Norwegian Air International’s attempt to expand routes in the […]

Better pathways to election could help avoid one-candidate races

By JOHN BURBANK (June 15, 2016) — Forty years ago we could point to the sham elections of the Soviet Union and laugh. These were one-party affairs, with one candidate for each position on the ballot. Voting support ranged between 99 and 100 percent. Now fast-forward to the upcoming legislative elections in Washington state in […]


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