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Archive for: September, 2016

Teamsters score, trade deal backlash, on Trey’s trey-day…

Thursday, September 29, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Washington minimum wage on the rise in 2017 — Some workers will get a slight bump in pay on Jan. 1. The state announced the minimum wage will increase 6 cents to $9.53 an hour in 2017. Some areas have approved […]

State’s Republicans vote to delay overtime pay for millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 29, 2016) –All four of Washington state’s Republican members of Congress — Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse — voted Wednesday for legislation that would delay overtime pay to millions of American workers. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 246-177 on Wednesday for a six-month delay […]

Without Initiative 1433, state’s minimum wage will rise just 6¢

TUMWATER (Sept. 29, 2016) — Unless voters approve Initiative 1433 this fall, Washington state’s minimum wage will increase just 6 cents in 2017 to $9.53 an hour, which is less than $20,000 a year for a full-time worker. The state minimum wage has been frozen for nearly two years. Under I-1433, which will appear on […]

Hustle Wilson, first time since 1890, Labor is a women’s issue…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From Fuse — Rep. Lynda Wilson uses web of businesses to funnel cash to her campaign — One of the closest state Senate races in Washington state is taking place in Vancouver, where Donald Trump-supporting Republican Rep. Lynda Wilson is running for the open seat against […]

Seattle hotel Initiative 124 protects women

By MELODY RAUEN and NICOLE GRANT (Sept. 28, 2016) — Seattle protects women. It’s what our city, with a legacy of dynamic female leaders, does. Seattle has a long history of brave women fighting for what’s right. Founded here in 1907, Waitresses’ Union Local 240 was one of the first women’s unions chartered by the […]

Volunteer for Labor Neighbor walk Oct. 1, Postcard Parties

The general election efforts of Labor Neighbor, the grassroots member-to-member political action program of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, continue this Saturday, Oct. 1. A neighborhood walk will be held to inform union members about labor-endorsed legislative candidates Marisa Peloquin, Mari Leavitt and Christine Kilduff in the 28th Legislative District, which includes Fircrest, University […]

Register to vote, ready for Boeing, deadbeat corporations…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016   ELECTION 2016   ► From AFL-CIO Now — It’s National Voter Registration Day: Care about your community? Register to vote! (by Patricia Watson) — With less than seven weeks to go before Election Day, young union activists are taking to the streets to register our friends, family and co-workers all […]

There’s no debate on who deserves our vote for president

If you care about jobs, rights, environment… you’ll vote for Hillary Clinton   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 27, 2016) — Regardless of who you think performed better during the televised presidential debate last night, if you are a working person, a union member, there is no debate about who to vote for. If you care […]

Scare tactics, call out Shea, not debatable, shutdown ahead…

Monday, September 26, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s News Tribune — Minimum wage initiative goes a buck fifty too far (editorial) — There’s no question the raise proposed in I-1433 would be meaningful purchasing power for a working single mother, but it could also be crippling for the business that employs her… […]

We can Raise Up Washington with Initiative 1433 this fall

By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 26, 2016) — The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as Raise Up Washington. This initiative will put in place minimum standards […]


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