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Archive for: October, 2016

Approve Sound Transit Prop. 1, no place for nasty, ‘free’ trade failing…

Monday, October 31, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — TODAY is final voter registration deadline — The absolute deadline for Washington residents to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Monday, Oct. 31. For locations of elections offices for other Washington counties, click here. ► In the (Everett) Herald […]

Ignore the noise, it’s decision time: Want more talk, or real plans?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 31, 2016) — At a time when 24-7 campaign coverage has devolved once again into a “controversy” about emails we don’t know who wrote or what they say, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) has released a timely new video that helps America’s working families keep their eye on the ball: […]

Trade and trust, case for Clinton, Thank You Q-Tip…

Friday, October 28, 2016   TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP   ► From Huffington Post — Restoring trust in our trade policy (by SPEEA’s Stan Sorscher) — I’m in favor of trade. I don’t know anyone opposed to trade. A better question is, “How should we manage globalization?” We’ve lost trust in our approach to globalization. The Brexit […]

Urge Seattle council to fund labor law enforcement, education

SEATTLE (Oct. 28, 2016) — With its $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave and other municipal ordinances, the City of Seattle is leading the way on progressive labor standards. But if those labor standards aren’t effectively enforced, they don’t protect working families as intended. Every time someone in Seattle is not paid the proper minimum […]

Billionaires v. Wiggins, GOP v. Supremes, email v. Hillary…

Thursday, October 27, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s News Tribune — Billionaires pour money into state Supreme Court race — The race for Supreme Court Justice between incumbent Charlie Wiggins and his opponent Dave Larson has become a big-money affair in recent weeks, complete with controversial negative advertising funded by Washington billionaires […]

Organize now to oppose lame-duck TPP

(Oct. 27, 2016) — Advocates for trade policies that bolster people and not just profits have successfully stalled a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than a year and a half, but TPP proponents have pledged an all-out last ditch fight in the post-election lame-duck session of Congress. Momentum to reject and renegotiate the […]

Boeing’s Trumpian taxes, buying the court, Republican rigging…

Wednesday, October 26, 2016   LOCAL   ► From AP — Boeing has a banner 3Q and sees more of the same ahead — Boeing’s third-quarter profit rose 34 percent on lower taxes, and the company raised its forecast for 2016 earnings, revenue and airplane deliveries… Boeing’s effective tax rate in the third quarter was […]

I-1433 opponents are flooding legislative races with cash has tracked $1.8 million (and counting)   The following is from Working Washington: OLYMPIA (Oct. 26, 2016) — A new analysis of political campaign spending in Washington state reveals the same lobbying groups and political funds that are opposing Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage have already invested a massive $1.8 million in […]

WSNA nurses at Children’s reach tentative 3-year agreement

SEATTLE (Oct. 25, 2016) — After more than 15 hours at the negotiation table on Oct. 20, the nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital represented by the Washington State Nurses Association and hospital management reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract. The tentative agreement includes wage hikes of 10 percent over three years, overtime pay […]

Statewide GOTV efforts slated for Saturday, Oct. 29

With less than two weeks until Election Day, union volunteers are working hard to get out the vote among their fellow union members. That effort continues this Saturday, Oct. 29 in Vancouver, Olympia, Spokane and Mount Vernon. Make sure your union is represented at these important activities! LABOR NEIGHBOR WALKS Neighborhood walks are planned at […]


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