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Archive for: January, 2017

Voting rights, WA takes on Trump, Get (away from) Jesse…

Tuesday, January 31, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Republicans and Democrats offer competing voting-rights bills in Legislature — The three bills — SB 5067, SB 5068 and SB 5267 — would remove a 1994 state restriction that prevents most Washington cities from replacing an at-large voting system with district […]

Affordable Care Act is not dead yet — keep up the fight

REP. RICK LARSEN (Jan. 31, 2017) — Like the “dead” man scene in the classic Monty Python film, the Affordable Care Act is not dead yet. In 2009, I voted for the Affordable Care Act after hearing from more than 15,000 constituents. Largely, the legislation worked as intended. It improved Medicare benefits for seniors, banned discrimination based on […]

Trump’s federal hiring freeze is killing jobs, hurting vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 31, 2017) — Last week, President Donald Trump instituted a federal hiring freeze with no end in sight. Beyond this, he directed the Office of Management and Budget to develop a long-term plan to reduce the federal workforce through attrition. Here are six facts you need to know about the hiring freeze: 1. This plan takes […]

Memorial for ATU 587 President Kenny McCormick is Feb. 4

SEATTLE — Kenny McCormick, 63, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 20. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. (at Seneca). Doors open at 1 p.m. Over the span of his nearly 35 years with King […]

Muslim ban, GOP ‘shell game,’ Bannon at the button…

Monday, January 30, 2017   FREEDOM OF RELIGION   ► From Huffington Post — It took Trump 8 days to bring U.S. to brink of a constitutional crisis — Late Friday, Trump issued an executive order forbidding millions of refugees, hundreds of thousands of visitors and 500,000 legal immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering […]

Trump’s Muslim ban ‘fans flames of racism, xenophobia’

(Jan. 30, 2017) — The following statement was issued Monday by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: President Trump’s Executive Order on Friday de facto banning Muslims from certain Middle Eastern countries from entering/re-entering the country for 90 days went beyond the pale of common decency, human dignity, and further fans […]

Republican bills would exempt Initiative 1433 to death

Republicans would deny new minimum wage, sick leave to teens, nonprofits, non-Kings   OLYMPIA (Jan. 30, 2017) — In November, Washington voters approved Initiative 1433 to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour ($13.50 by 2020) and allow all workers to earn some paid sick and safe leave. Republican legislators and business groups […]

Helping Hanford workers, hurting veterans, remembering MTM…

Friday, January 27, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Bill would help ill Hanford workers get compensation — Hanford workers would receive the same protections as firefighters in Washington if they developed serious illnesses, under a bill submitted Thursday for consideration by the state Legislature. The extra protection is needed […]

Union membership is up again in Washington state

With 39,000 more members, state is now 5th most unionized in U.S.   (Jan. 27, 2017) — An estimated 539,000 Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2016, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, an increase of 39,000 from the previous year. Although union membership levels dropped nationally as […]

Seattle Labor Chorus to celebrate 20th anniversary at Feb. 4 concert

SEATTLE — The Seattle Labor Chorus was started in 1997 to back up Pete Seeger at the Northwest Folklife Festival and has been performing frequently at rallies, concerts and picket lines ever since. All are invited to come celebrate their long history at the Chorus’s 20th Anniversary concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. […]

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