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Archive for: March, 2017

Senate Republican budget plan short-changes state employees

GOP ignores state collective bargaining laws, slashes negotiated raises   OLYMPIA (March 21, 2017) — The long-awaited Senate Republican budget proposal was released today, and just as it did two years ago, it short-changes state employees and ignores the state’s collective bargaining laws. Rather than a straight up-or-down vote on the negotiated and ratified state […]

Boeing sheds more jobs, Donald Grump, no sympathy…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing plans to lay off 170 workers in region; offers buyouts — Boeing announced more layoffs and a new round of buyouts late last week for workers around Puget Sound. The company continues to trim its workforce [in Washington] as it cuts […]

Workforce development labor reps to convene on May 12

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is co-hosting a convening of labor representatives serving on workforce boards throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It will be Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at IAFF Local 452, 2807 NW Fruit Valley Road. An optional Networking Reception will be from 6 to […]

AFL-CIO ‘deeply troubled’ by Judge Gorsuch’s record

AFL-CIO: Supreme Court nominee sides with corporations over people   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2017) — Senate confirmation hearings began Monday for Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch. If confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, Gorsuch will play a critical role in shaping and […]

Market wages, federal layoffs, our white socialism…

Monday, March 20, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises — If approved by the Legislature, most of the state’s 95,000 workers would get a 6 percent raise through the 2019 budget year. But nearly one in five workers — […]

Rally against WPAS union-busting Wednesday in Seattle

SEATTLE — About 100 employees at Washington Pension Administration Service (WPAS) — members of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 who administer health, retirement and other benefits for many unions in the Puget Sound region — have been fighting for a fair contract for more than seven months. They’ve worn buttons, signed petitions, and […]

Trump’s proposed budget endangers workers, public

Nixing Chemical Safety Board shows willingness to put us all at risk   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2017) — After the president issued a budget last week slashing and burning environmental, labor and educational programs, the guy responsible for the thing, Mick Mulvaney, contended those financial massacres are the heart’s desire […]

Cutting jobs and meals, Oregon leads, nothing really matters…

Friday, March 17, 2017   TRUMP’S BUDGET   ► From AFL-CIO Now — AFL-CIO analysis of President Trump’s FY 2018 budget — “The $54 billion cut to programs that benefit working families is dangerous and destructive,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Huge cuts to the departments of Labor, Education and Transportation will make workplaces less […]

Trump’s Labor Dept. cuts target poor, elderly, laid-off workers

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2017) — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal proposes to slash domestic programs and federal services for poor, elderly, and laid-off Americans to help pay for increased military spending and the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Among the agencies targeted for […]

New state revenue forecast shows that tax reform can’t wait

State revenues continue to lag behind Washington’s economic growth   The following is from Andy Nicholas and Kelli Smith of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center: OLYMPIA (March 17, 2017) — All too often, certain lawmakers in Washington state who are ideologically opposed to creating a more just and sustainable tax system have leaned […]


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