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Archive for: December, 2016

Tacoma backs nurses, paying our teachers, staying human…

Thursday, December 15, 2016   NOTE TO READERS — After today, The Stand will be going on hiatus for the remainder of 2016. But we’ll be back in 2017! LOCAL   ► In today’s News Tribune — Tacoma General nurses rally on chilly overpass before federal mediation session — Nurses for MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital […]

‘Get someone up here. We’re all dying.’

As Tesoro continues to appeal fines and deny responsibility for the 2010 Anacortes refinery explosion, the victims’ families say “it still hurts deeply.” (Dec. 15, 2016) — This week, the Center for Public Integrity published a detailed investigation of the April 2, 2010, explosion and fire at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery that killed seven workers. […]

Affordable Care Act works, can be fixed to work better

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 15, 2016) — I am a lucky person. My jaw is broken, but that is not why I am lucky. I have good health and dental insurance. So when my jaw was fractured last month, I didn’t have to worry about how I could afford to fix it. Sure, I will […]

Inslee’s budget, paid leave popular, Trump vs. you…

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — Gov. Inslee proposes $4 billion in taxes to solve school-funding crisis — Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing more than $4 billion in new taxes as part of his plan to boost teacher pay and end Washington state’s unconstitutional way of paying […]

Attend WSLC’s Legislative Reception, Conference on Feb. 2-3

OLYMPIA (Dec. 14, 2016) — Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2017-19 biennial budget proposal Tuesday, opening the debate on how state government can respond to the McCleary decision and fully fund public schools, invest in our public workforce by funding the state employee collective bargaining agreements, finance necessary infrastructure projects, and other priorities to ensure […]

Students will build shelters at CTE Showcase of Skills

OLYMPIA (Dec. 14, 2016) — More than 125 high schools and colleges from across Washington state will participate in the 2017 CTE Showcase of Skills on March 27 at the Capitol Campus in Olympia to demonstrate how Career and Technical Education programs connects skills and leadership by conducting an important community service project. Organized by […]

777 cuts loom, MultiCare heal thyself, GOP attack on Social Security…

Tuesday, December 13, 2016   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing to make fewer 777s; Everett job cuts likely — Cuts are coming to the Boeing Co.’s 777 line — deeper and sooner than previously planned by company leaders. The company announced plans Monday to cut production from the current 8.3 airplanes […]

Strike vote averted as Tacoma General, WSNA reach deal

UPDATE (Dec 16, 2016) — Today’s coverage from the News Tribune — Strike vote averted as Tacoma General, nurses reach tentative agreement — A strike advisory vote for more than 700 nurses at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, scheduled for Friday, has been canceled. The Washington State Nurses Association said in a news release sent shortly […]

KING5 camera crews ratify contract preserving jobs

The following is from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE): SEATTLE (Dec. 13, 2016) — With newsrooms shrinking around the country, and TV news crews being asked to do far more with far less staff, there was good news for the camera crews at KING5 in Seattle. Last week they finally ratified their […]

Murray ‘deeply concerned’ about DOL nominee Puzder’s record

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 8, 2016) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce today that he has named fast-food executive Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants which operates the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains, to be Secretary of Labor. In response, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

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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