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Archive for: March, 2017

Reichert comes out, heartthrob AG, Trump’s budget…

Thursday, March 16, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► From KING 5 — McMorris Rodgers confident health care bill will pass House — The GOP health care replacement bill could head to the House floor as early as next week, but does it have the votes to pass? Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the No. 4 […]

House bill would gut rights of Veteran Administration workers

UPDATE (March 17, 2017) — HR 1259, the attack on union rights of Veterans Affairs employees, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 240-175 vote on Thursday. Washington state’s congressional delegation voted on party lines with Republicans Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse, and Reichert all voting “yes,” and Democratic Reps. DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, Jayapal, […]

Union gigs, Trumpcare trap, resist or assist…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017   LOCAL   ► MUST-READ In today’s Seattle Times — Uber, Lyft and unionizing the gig economy (by Jon Talton) –Whether workers in the gig economy have a chance at being more than app-based serfs is on the line in Seattle’s unionization ordinance. If gigs are the future for more and […]

Buy Union: Shamrock your way to a stronger America

The following is from Labor 411: We love the luck of the Irish, but on St. Patrick’s Day, Labor 411’s selection of more than 250 beers produced by union companies is more valuable than a truckload of four leaf clovers. Check out our list of brews and accompanying St. Pat’s Day meal choices below. Flaunt […]

Rep. Steve King and the racist origins of ‘right-to-work’ laws

By STEVE SMITH (March 15, 2017) — Controversial Iowa Rep. Steve King is once again in hot water for espousing racist, white nationalist views, tweeting that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” He doubled down on his bigoted words over the weekend, telling CNN that “I meant exactly what I said.” King’s […]

‘Freedom’ to lose coverage, House vs. Senate VRA, hate rising…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► In today’s Washington Post — Trumpcare would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects — House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the […]

Join candlelight vigils Saturday to reject Republican health plan

(March 14, 2017) — The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are making an all-out push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will cost an estimated 24 million Americans their health insurance coverage. If they’re successful, they would eliminate essential health care and Medicaid for hundreds of thousands […]

Sweetheart coverage, ignore math, unpopular Democrats…

Monday, March 13, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the P.S. Business Journal — Two bills in Olympia target aerospace tax credit ‘accountability’ for Boeing — Lawmakers in Olympia have introduced bills to tie aerospace tax credits to recipient employment levels in Washington state. A Boeing spokesman said the company remains opposed to any […]

Hold Boeing accountable for state tax breaks (WSLC Leg. Update)

New bills would protect Washington jobs as Boeing cuts continue   OLYMPIA (March 13, 2017) — With support from organized labor, Washington’s Legislature has approved major tax incentives in recent years with the clearly expressed intent to maintain and grow the state’s aerospace workforce. Most recently in 2013, that’s what the Legislature and The Boeing […]

Updated status report on working-family legislation

OLYMPIA (March 13, 2017) — Here’s a status report on some key working family bills that remain in play in the 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature. These bills have been previously described in the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter and here at The Stand. This is not a comprehensive list. There […]


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