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Archive for: February, 2017

Departing 787s, repealing I-1433, covering for Trump…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017   AEROSPACE   ► In the Charleston P-C — Analysts predicts all Dreamliners will be built in North Charleston within a decade — While Boeing Co. says it will wait to decide whether to increase production of its 787 Dreamliner, analysts are predicting slow sales of the twin-aisle plane eventually will […]

PTE 17’s McGee retires; Nelson named Executive Director

The following is from PTE Local 17: SEATTLE (Feb. 28, 2017) — After 28 years at Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17, Joe McGee is retiring from his position of Executive Director — a title he’s held for the last 23 years. As the son of a union organizer, McGee was born into the […]

RyanCare leaked, AFL-CIO cuts, uses of outrage…

Monday, February 27, 2017   AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   ► From Politico — Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion — The legislation would take down the foundation of Obamacare, including the unpopular individual mandate, subsidies based on people’s income, and all of the law’s taxes. It would significantly roll back Medicaid spending […]

What’s alive, dead, and undead after cutoff

A status report on working-family legislation in Olympia   UPDATED (Feb. 28, 2017) — This report has been updated to clarify that SB 5502/HB 1527, reinstating the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program tax incentive, is still very much alive. Because the bill is necessary to implement the budget, it is exempt from legislative cutoff deadlines. OLYMPIA (Feb. […]

Groups oppose SB 5720 as ‘legislated wage theft’ for farm workers

OLYMPIA (Feb. 27, 2017) — A unanimous state Supreme Court decision in 2015 ruled that growers in Washington state must pay farm workers for rest breaks separate from their piece-rate wages, that they must do so at the same piece-rate, and that growers who denied that rest-break pay were liable for back wages. This important […]

Constituents seek contact, RussiaGate, HootieGate…

Friday, February 24, 2017   TOWN HALLS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Hundreds protest at U.S. Rep. Reichert’s office, demand town-hall meeting — Several hundred people demonstrated outside U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s district office in Issaquah on Thursday, demanding he face constituents at a town-hall meeting. Some carried signs saying “What are you […]

Invest in corrections workers to make prisons, communities safer

By JOHN SCEARCY (Feb. 24, 2017) — The state Legislature is right to focus on fully funding our public education system as required under the McCleary decision. We need to invest in our children. But legislators in Olympia must also invest in the public servants who provide essential services to the residents of our state. […]

Nabisco 600 Campus Program comes to Seattle on March 3

SEATTLE (Feb. 24, 2017) — In July 2015, Nabisco announced that it would lay off 320 employees, members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union. In total, Nabisco plans to lay off 600 union sisters and brothers, most of whom are African American and Latino and live in Chicago’s Southside. All union […]

Here the GOP hides, look who’s hiring, RTW=low wages…

Thursday, February 23, 2017   TOWN HALLS   ► In today’s News Tribune — Direct heat comes with the job, congressman (editorial) — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8th) picked the wrong time to hide behind a Facebook screen. His constituents have legitimate questions about a federal government dominated by Republicans, and the veteran congressman from […]

Pajamas, music, dancing, love — and unions

Get discounted Pajama Game tickets; come early to talk about unions   SEATTLE (Feb. 23, 2017) — The Pajama Game is playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Join the Washington State Labor Council, Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Labor Archives for a community conversation about organized labor prior to the shows […]


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