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Archive for: July, 2016

We’ll decide, Kaine’s heart, look who’s still #1, jailing the poor…

Monday, July 25, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Statewide minimum wage measure qualifies for November ballot — Washington voters in November will will decide whether to raise the minimum wage and require businesses to guarantee paid sick leave for many employees. The Washington Secretary of State’s office on […]

VOTE: Support key statewide candidates

(July 25, 2016) — Don’t wait! Find it, fill it out, and send it in. Voters in Washington state have received their Primary Election ballots and if recent elections, and early return rates are any indication, the percentage of people that will bother voting between now and Aug. 2 will be shamefully low. But the […]

Yakima Regional Medical Center RNs, community rally for health care

UPDATE (July 26, 2016) — ► In the Yakima H-R — Yakima Regional nurses rally against corporate owner — Nurses from Yakima Regional Medical rallied Monday to engage with the community prior to heading back into contract negotiations this week. More than 100 turned out for the free barbecue at Milroy Park, where a large […]

It’s official: Initiative 1433 easily qualifies for this fall’s ballot

OLYMPIA (July 22, 2016) — Today the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced that volunteers with Raise Up Washington turned in enough valid signatures that “easily exceeded” the number required to qualify. Initiative 1433 will raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and give all Washington workers the opportunity to earn paid […]

Sacred Heart deal, Hanford protection, Trump’s fear and force…

Friday, July 22, 2016   LOCAL   ► In the Wenatchee World — AFL-CIO leader Trumka stirs state union members here (subscription req’d) — Richard Trumka, the president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, brought union members to their feet here Wednesday, rallying them to continue fighting for policies that will create better wages and […]

Trumka to Washington’s unions: Keep leading the way

WENATCHEE (July 20, 2016) — The leader of America’s labor movement delivered a clear message Wednesday to union members in Washington state: Keep doing what you’re doing. “Keep leading the way. Keep blazing a trail forward,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told hundreds of union members from across the state at the Washington State Labor Council […]

Convention Day 1: WSLC tackling neglected race issues

WENATCHEE (July 20, 2016) — Delegates representing unions from across Washington state were told that their state federation — the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — was taking a bold step by wading into issues of race and unions that historically have been ignored by organized labor. So said author/commentator Bill Fletcher, Jr., the keynote […]

Trumka’s in town, Dorn sues, all about Hillary, hottest ever…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016   LOCAL   ► From KPQ — AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka to speak at Wenatchee Convention Center — The speech addressing hundreds of union representatives from the Washington State Labor Council, kicks off at 9:30 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The WSLC’s Constitutional Convention is underway, and Communications Director David Groves […]

McCleary’s new price tag, trumpence, Hillary just says ‘no’…

Friday, July 15, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — High court orders new hearing in McCleary school-funding case — Washington’s highest court wants to hear more from the state’s attorneys about how the Legislature plans to fully fund schools by 2018 — including how much the fix will cost. At […]

Report: 1/3 of manufacturing workers on public assistance

The following is from UAW: BERKELEY, Calif. (July 15, 2016) — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University […]


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