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Archive for: November, 2016

A Thanksgiving feast that supports good jobs

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Nov. 21, 2016) — As you put together your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, check our list of union-made in America food and other items that are essential to a traditional family Thanksgiving feast. Speaking of thanks, a big thank you to the Union Label and Service Trades Department (ULSTD), Union […]

WFTC: Path forward on trade is pursuing policies that benefit all

SEATTLE (Nov. 21, 2016) — The following statement has been posted by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: The announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be tabled indefinitely was a testament to the growing resentment. Decades of “free-trade” have padded the wealth and influence of the 1% across the globe, while leaving communities, workers, and […]

RNs set strike vote, Dinner Doug’s deep end, Obamacare surges…

Thursday, November 17, 2016   LOCAL   ► From WSNA — Tacoma General RNs to hold strike vote December 16 — After making little progress in mediation Tuesday, the WSNA-represented Registered Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital are planning a strike advisory vote for December 16, two days after the next scheduled mediation session. A “No […]

AFT Seattle college faculty walk out for better pay

UPDATED — Here are some pics from the Nov. 17 walkout (photos by Dan Troccoli, AFT organizer):       SEATTLE (Nov. 17, 2016) — Faculty represented by AFT Seattle 1789 at multiple colleges will take part in a voluntary walkout of their classes today (Thursday, Nov. 17) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at […]

Anti-democracy Electoral College must be nixed so winner wins

By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 17, 2016) — Our leaders always reference democracy with the founders of our country. That is not true. The founders had a much different vision of power and control, one that did not and still does not comport with democracy. We started our journey as a nation with the Declaration of […]

Mercer Island’s New Seasons market gets ‘unwelcomed’

By TAMMY MORALES For The Stand MERCER ISLAND (Nov. 17, 2016) — Shaking off the painful national election result, more than 100 union grocery workers and community supporters stopped mourning and got back to organizing last week in support of workers at the newly opened New Seasons Market on Mercer Island. New Seasons is an […]

The state’s slack, our unity vs. his disarray, vote-blockers…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Washington Post — Local school districts paying big chunk of Washington teacher salaries — Washington school districts on average use local property taxes to pay each teacher nearly $14,000 over and above what the state provides for salaries, a new report has found. That […]

For 3rd straight year, USPS posts an operating profit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Postal Service released its annual report on Tuesday, and as always, news coverage would have you believe that the agency is losing money at breakneck speed and in crisis. That’s completely untrue, but happening by the design of Congress. Tuesday’s report shows a $610 million operating profit […]

Funding raises, Pierce Co.’s bacon, Trump turns on the hate…

Tuesday, November 15, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From WFSE — United, we show lawmakers why our ratified contracts and negotiated pay raises matter — Washington Federation of State Employees members decked out in AFSCME Green t-shirts packed a Senate budget hearing Monday — and the senators got the message that ratified contracts and […]

Spokane Tribe breaks ground on $400 million STEP project

SPOKANE (Nov. 15, 2016) — Last week, fully 10 years after it was first proposed, the Spokane Tribe broke ground on a $400 million casino and hotel complex in Airway Heights. And it did so under a partnership formalized earlier this month between the tribe and Spokane Building Trades Unions that will promote local hiring […]

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