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Archive for: July, 2016

Which jobs we subsidize, Hillary on trade, a just transition…

Thursday, July 14, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — State schools chief going to court over McCleary case — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don’t get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries. He […]

March celebrates historic progress at Sakuma

Although treatment of Familias Unidas supporters raises concerns   The following is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BELLINGHAM (July 14, 2016) — Farmworker union members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) marched to the Sakuma Berry Processing plant Monday in what has now become an annual tradition. This year there was a celebratory […]

Carpenters, Operating Engineers rejoin WA State Building Trades

The following is from the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council: SEATTLE (July 14, 2016) — Effective August 1, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and Local 612 will re-affiliate with the Washington State Building Trades Council. This historic decision will bring nearly 24,000 union carpenters […]

Teamsters Local 117 announces tentative deal with Darigold

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (July 14, 2016) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Darigold over a contract involving 220 dairy workers and lab technicians employed at the company’s processing plants in Seattle and Issaquah. The union and the company reached the agreement late Tuesday night at […]

More vapors at Hanford, deep doubt on TPP, Bernie’s with her…

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 INITIATIVE 1433   ► In the Moscow-Pullman Daily News — State should take another crack at higher minimum wage (editorial endorsement, subscription required) — It’s called Initiative 1433, and it is sponsored by a grocery worker from Renton. The new minimum wage would be phased in next year at $11 an […]

Why this McDermott backs Pramila Jayapal

By MARK McDERMOTT Jim’s brother and no relation to Joe (July 13, 2016) — Forty-four years ago I was a poor, recent college graduate and antiwar activist. I moved from Chicago to Seattle to work on my brother Jim’s campaign for governor. He was opposed to the Vietnam war, and he was fighting for universal […]

Sleazy campaign finance system could be fixed by I-1464

By JOHN BURBANK (July 13, 2016) — State Sen. Pam Roach (R-Sumner) made it into the political news recently. The FBI has been looking into her campaign fundraising. What is strange is that Sen. Roach has said out loud what everyone walking the halls of the State Capitol knows: there is an intimate connection between […]

Sakuma caves, IBT takes on Uber, big NLRB ruling, working sick…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016   LOCAL   ► From The Stranger — Sakuma Brothers Farms caves, will negotiate with farmworkers’ union — After a long stalemate between labor rights campaigners and management, Sakuma Brothers Farms has offered a pathway toward unionization for its berry pickers. Familias Unidas has been urging consumers to boycott Sakuma Brothers Farms […]

Hanford tank farm work halted by unions over safety concerns

RICHLAND (July 12, 2016) — The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Monday issued a stop-work order at the Hanford tank farms until workers are supplied with air respirators to protect them from toxic chemical vapors. Currently, the protective gear is required only on work around the older single-walled tanks, but the HAMTC coalition of […]

Tell WSLC what to do: Affiliates should submit resolutions now

WENATCHEE (July 12, 2016) — You say you want a resolution, well you know… you should send it in ASAP. The 2016 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, will be Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21 at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel and Convention Center. But […]


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