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Archive for: March, 2017

Tentative deal reached between Space Needle, Unite Here 8

SEATTLE (March 29, 2017) — The following is a joint statement released Tuesday by Unite Here Local 8 and the Space Needle: Unite Here Local 8 and the Space Needle reached a tentative agreement for a new labor contract. The union’s bargaining committee and the management of the Space Needle have been engaged in contract […]

Defeat of GOP health plan is a victory, also an opportunity

By JEFF JOHNSON (March 29, 2017) — I would like to comment on two things regarding the defeat of the seven-year Republican Party effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). First, I want to thank all of the organizations in the Health Care is a Human Right Coalition and many individuals, but in particular […]

Providence Home Care workers picket to improve staffing

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: EVERETT (March 29, 2017) — Providence Home Care and Hospice of Snohomish County nurses and healthcare workers provide compassionate care for our community’s most vulnerable, yet they struggle with heavy caseloads, long on-call hours, and sub-standard wages and benefits. That’s why the more than 200 caregivers picketed and […]

Trump-timatum, partisan budget, Gorsuch filibuster, vacation…

Dearest Readers: The Entire Staff of The Stand is on vacation next week, so your next update will be on Monday, April 3. — Sincerely, TESOTS   Friday, March 24, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► In today’s Washington Post — Trump’s high-risk gamble with House GOP: Pass bill today or keep Obamacare — Top House […]

Why this refinery worker backs Clean Energy Transition Act

By STEVE GAREY The following testimony was delivered at the March 14 public hearing on HB 1646, the Clean Energy Transition Act., before the House Committee on Environment. My name is Steve Garey. I am a retired refinery worker. For 24 years, I worked as a machinist for both Shell and Tesoro in the refineries […]

Jaime says NO, treason update, Cantwell on trade…

Thursday, March 23, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► BREAKING — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to vote NO on Trumpcare — “The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed… Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely.   […]

Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong is this Saturday night

The following is from the Seattle Labor Chorus: SEATTLE — Amid cold winds weather-wise and politics-wise, you can cheer yourself up by attending the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong — Saturday evening, March 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. You can look forward to the usual spirited community singing with words provided, a silent auction, […]

Early I-1433 results are in, raising minimum wage boosts jobs

By JOHN BURBANK (March 23, 2017) — Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, […]

Bad budget, Boeing layoffs are all local, dumber by watching…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — GOP budget would reject state worker raises to help pay for schools — To help find more money for schools, the Republican plan would reject nearly all of the collective bargaining agreements Gov. Jay Inslee’s office reached with 38 employee unions. […]

Lacking votes, House Republicans pull Trumpcare bill

Public outcry, plummeting polls doomed Republican repeal of ACA   UPDATE (2 p.m. March 24, 2017) — In a dramatic conclusion to the Republican effort to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders this afternoon pulled their “Trumpcare” bill because they lacked the votes to pass it […]


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