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Archive for: October, 2016

We’re with Pramila, postage outta be paid, the Trump Talk…

Tuesday, October 25, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Jayapal has backing of progressives, youth, unions in 7th District House race — Best known locally for her part in the push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and for starting One America, Jayapal moved to the U.S. for college […]

Halloween is for Dum Dums and Smarties

(Oct. 25, 2016) — If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s resource site, Labor 411, has a list of union-made candies, as does Union Plus. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, […]

True patriots pay their taxes; freeloaders cheat America

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 25, 2016) — Now that your ballots have arrived, take a pause and before you vote, consider, what does it mean to be an American? As Americans, we are all in this election together. We are in this country, this economy, this culture, and this government together. And what is government? […]

New Seasons to be ‘unwelcomed’ in Mercer Island on Nov. 10

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Unionized grocery workers and community supporters of family-wage jobs with benefits are standing together on Mercer Island to send the message that out-of-state, low-road grocery chains aren’t welcome in their area. Portland-based New Seasons Market, with backing from deep-pocketed private equity firm Endeavour Capital, is opening the first of several planned […]

Principled Heck, reject I-732, teachers 403(b)ware…

Monday, October 24, 2016   LOCAL   ► From the WA Fair Trade Coalition — Heck opposes TPP: Trade should be about people — Congressman Denny Heck announced has announced he will vote against the TPP, calling it one of the most important decisions of his career. “The presidential campaign is highlighting deep dissatisfaction with […]

Special forums, activities planned this week in Yakima County

YAKIMA (Oct. 24, 2016) — The Yakima labor community has organized a Yakima County Workers Week on Oct. 24-30, featuring activities ranging from forums on the importance of the agricultural workforce, to door-knocking in support of Initiative 1433, to get-out-the-vote events. The week’s activities are sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the […]

Heck: NO on TPP, time to rethink trade deals

UPDATED (Oct. 24, 2016) — Updated to includes comment from WSLC President Jeff Johnson. OLYMPIA (Oct. 21, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-10th) announced Friday that he intends to vote “no” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if it is brought up during the lame-duck session of Congress or thereafter until his concerns are addressed […]

Buying the Court, suppression not fraud, weird nasty hombres…

Friday, October 21, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From KNKX — Wealthy Washingtonians dump $350K into effort to defeat Supreme Court justice — Southwest Washington billionaire Ken Fisher, Mariners owner John Stanton and Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman just put 350,000 into a PAC to fund a TV ad campaign against incumbent Justice Charles Wiggins. […]

Support three incumbent state Supreme Court justices

Stop politicization of the courts by re-electing Yu, Madsen, Wiggins   (Oct. 21, 2016) — If you care about the politicization of Washington state’s highest court, fill out that election ballot you just received (or will receive any day now) and send it in! Rather than focusing on improving school funding, the Washington State Republican […]

YES on 1433, Clinton crushes, unions are the answer…

Thursday, October 20, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From The Stranger — YES On Initiative 1433 (editorial endorsement) — Thanks to Republicans, all recent attempts to raise the state minimum wage above the current $9.47 via legislative action have failed. I-1433 gives we, the people, the power to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 […]


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