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Archive for: October, 2016

How the Superintendent of Public Instruction can empower workers

By CHRIS REYKDAL (Oct. 20, 2016) — My name is Chris Reykdal, and I am running to serve as our Superintendent of Public Instruction, the chief officer of our state’s public schools. I am endorsed in this race by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; the Washington Education Association; and nearly 30 local affiliates across […]

Leading on ST3, solidarity with cops, tonight’s debase…

Wednesday, October 19, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Sound Transit 3 is the transit system our region has needed for 40 years (by Dow Constantine, Dave Somers and Marilyn Strickland) — As leaders in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, we represent 3.5 million people. And we share an interest […]

Zoom+Care’s cherry-picking, Medicare refusal protested

The following is from the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action: SEATTLE (Oct. 19, 2016) — Supporters of equitable health care rallied Tuesday outside Seattle and Portland Zoom+Care clinics, demanding that the healthcare chain start accepting and caring for Medicare and Medicaid patients and active duty military members and their families covered by Tricare. Zoom+ […]

Volunteer Oct. 22 in Renton — and win fabulous prizes!

RENTON (Oct. 19, 2016) — County auditors have mailed the fall election ballots. So after weeks of educating union members about which candidates and ballot measures have earned labor’s support, Labor Neighbor volunteers are adding this simple message: Fill out your ballot — the whole ballot — and turn it in! And to thank the […]

732 needs work, ‘rigged’ chickens roost, silent no more…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s News Tribune — No on I-732; carbon tax rough draft needs work (editorial) — Unfortunately, the main selling point of I-732 — that it would be revenue neutral — doesn’t seem to pencil out. A fiscal impact study by state economists estimates the initiative […]

King County Council supports expanding Social Security

(Oct. 18, 2016) — The M.K. King County Council approved a motion Monday supporting the expansion of the Social Security and Medicare programs and benefits and the elimination of the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, expressing the intent that these positions be included in King County’s federal legislative […]

Approve Spokane Prop. 1 for mass transit, jobs, climate

By JEFF JOHNSON One in a series of columns on ballot measures (Oct. 18, 2016) — Spokane Transit Authority Proposition 1 is a major investment in mass transit, congestion reduction, connecting workers to jobs, residents to appointments, and reducing carbon pollution. Over 10 years Proposition 1, if passed, will fund more than 25 mass transit […]

1433 endorsed, Hillary pained, voters’ options limited…

Monday, October 17, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In the Seattle Times — The Times recommends: Raise statewide minimum wage with I-1433 (editorial endorsement) — An estimated 730,000 workers in Washington make the minimum wage of $9.47. If a worker didn’t take a single hour of vacation in a year, they’d earn $19,697, which […]

YES on 1501 to protect vulnerable seniors, caregivers

By JEFF JOHNSON One in a series of columns on ballot measures (Oct. 17, 2016) — Friday night at about 6 p.m.: ●  Is this Mrs. Simon? ●  Yes it is. Who’s calling? ●  Simon this John Powell from Anderson, Powell and Associates and I am calling about your grandson Adam. Adam in is some […]

Hanford safety, GOP’s groper, which way the wind blows…

Thursday, October 13, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Federal judge considers more Hanford worker protections — A federal judge plans to issue a detailed ruling as soon as possible after listening to nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguments Oct. 12 related to increasing Hanford worker safety. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas […]

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Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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