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Archive for: August, 2016

Rally Wednesday to support state workers

OLYMPIA — Washington state employees and their unions will join with community allies on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to rally at the State Capitol for fair contracts that end the growing trend of public servants driven out of public service by non-competitive pay. Washington state’s recent salary survey showed that 99 percent of state employees are […]

Injunction junction, dumb democracy, flaxen waxen…

Friday, August 26, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Evergreen schools expected to file injunction to prevent strike — Contract negotiations between Evergreen Public Schools and its teachers union intensified Thursday with the district mobilizing to file a request for a court injunction to prevent teachers from striking. Attorney Tracy Miller with […]

With Secure Scheduling statute, Seattle can lead the nation

By KATIE GARROW (Aug. 26, 2016) — When I was 16 years old, I routinely missed volleyball practice after school because I got called in for a shift at the local teriyaki restaurant I worked for. My best friend would fall asleep in class our senior year because she clopened (closed late and opened early […]

Make your back-to-school shopping union-made

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Aug. 26, 2016) — Around the country, classes are starting up again, students are getting ready to learn once more and parents are rushing out to buy the supplies their children need for school. When shopping for those necessary items, you can make sure that your purchases support working […]

Teacher contract talks, Obama vs. Dems, science vs. GOP…

Thursday, August 25, 2016   TEACHER TALKS   ► In today’s Columbian — Teachers, Evergreen agree on only one point — If agreement is not reached, teachers will decide next Tuesday whether to strike, which would delay the start of the school year for 26,000 students in Southwest Washington’s largest school district. ► From the […]

Support college workers seeking fair wages

OLYMPIA (Aug. 25, 2016) — Earlier this month, state employees from several community colleges and their supporters rallied at South Puget Sound Community College and Spokane Community College to support a fair contract before the Community College Coalition Bargaining Team for the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME held its latest bargaining session with the state. […]

I-1433 is a first step toward an economy that works for all

By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 25, 2016) — If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out […]

Another Sakuma walkout, make WA healthier, ‘outrageous’ TPP…

Wednesday, August 24, 2016   LOCAL   ► From — Unrest continues at Sakuma berry farm — On Tuesday morning, the blueberry crew at Sakuma blueberry fields walked out for second time this month after the management created a disparity in wages and hours worked between blueberry and blackberry harvesters; farm workers claim this […]

Academic Student Employees hail major NLRB ruling

‘Today’s ruling is a win for those of us who know that we are workers.’   The following is from UAW Local 4121: SEATTLE (Aug. 24, 2016) — In a 3-1 decision on Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a 2004 decision and ruled that Graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants at private […]

VoteVets launches campaign against privatization of veterans’ care

The following is from WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 24, 2016) — The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets Action Fund, launched a $460,000 ad campaign on Tuesday, aimed at pressuring Congress to oppose any move to privatize veterans’ health care.  The ad, titled “Promise,” will run on national cable television for one week, as […]


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