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Archive for: August, 2016

Oregon’s Schrader, other Dems seek to delay OT rule changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 17, 2016) — Overtime rules can be a powerful way to prevent working people from getting overworked without getting paid more for their additional effort. Such rules protect both working people and their families, but the federal rules on overtime are out of date and don’t protect nearly enough Americans. That’s why […]

Council backs I-124, Smith backs Jayapal, Obama backs trickle-down…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016   LOCAL   ► From The Stranger — Seattle City Council endorses ballot measure to give hotel workers new protections against sexual harassment — The Seattle City Council voted Monday to officially get behind an initiative to offer hotel workers new protections against sexual harassment and workplace injury. Initiative 124, which […]

I-1433: Right-wingers use old scare tactics on young workers

By DAVID GROVES (Aug. 16, 2016) — Today’s edition of The Seattle Times features an opinion column, “Raising minimum wage would drive out youngest workers,” written by Preston Cooper of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank based in New York. Ironically, it makes a pretty strong case for passage of Initiative 1433, which would raise […]

Port extension, Eyman violation, lame (duck) TPP…

Monday, August 15, 2016   LOCAL   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Union leaders vote to discuss early contract extension at West Coast ports — ILWU leaders, who represent workers at different ports from Bellingham and Seattle to San Diego, met in San Francisco and voted to enter into talks with Pacific Maritime […]

Look for that union label—on your cannabis

The following is from UFCW Local 367: TACOMA (Aug. 15, 2016) — Taking the cue from other locally manufactured items, like Franz bread and Boeing aircraft, Perma cannabis products proudly declares product is union made through the use of a union label. The first products to contain the union label is their AK-47 and the […]

Labor Votes: Let’s get everyone registered

(Aug. 12, 2016) — Election Day is looming on the horizon, and it’s closer than you may think. This year, union members and their families will have the opportunity to raise Washington’s minimum wage and allow all workers to earn paid sick days via Initiative 1433. They will have the chance to boost the state […]

Boeing ‘softness,’ tax-free Trump, Why Worry…

Friday, August 12, 2016   BOEING   ► In the Seattle Times — Boeing admits ‘softness’ in widebody orders, weighs Everett slowdown — Boeing will decide in the next couple of months whether to further cut back planned production of its large 777 jet and may also cancel a planned production increase for the 787 […]

Our ‘Top 2’ primary election system takes away voter choice

By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 10, 2016) — Back in 1932, Washington citizens jettisoned the Republican State Treasurer and voted in a Democrat for the job of minding the state’s public monies. Since then, the people have elected and re-elected Democrats to the Treasurer’s office, over and over again, except for one election in 1952. So […]

No harm no foul, Clinton and TPP, win $5,000…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Judge tosses Chamber’s suit against Seattle over Uber law — A federal judge has dismissed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit over Seattle’s new ordinance giving Uber drivers the ability to unionize, calling the suit premature. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said […]

Another Sakuma walkout, then union negotiates wage increase

The following from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BURLINGTON (Aug. 10, 2016) — On Tuesday morning, close to 120 Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) members at Sakuma blueberry fields walked out of the fields once again protesting the offered wage of 56 cents per pound. Workers explained how the management paid 60 cents per […]


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