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Tax-exempt Freedom Foundation faces AG action over politicking

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (April 28, 2017) — Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) recommended Thursday that the Attorney General’s Office take action against the Freedom Foundation for allegedly violating state law. The complaint, filed by the Northwest Accountability Project, alleged that the Freedom Foundation violated state law by not registering […]

A mural for May Day, we’re immobile, the best ever…

Friday, April 28, 2017 — Workers Memorial Day   LOCAL   ► From the Stranger — The “Jackson Street Workers Mural” will be unveiled April 30 — There’s a new public art mural on the block (at the corner of Jackson and 16th, specifically), and just in time for May Day, the piece will feature […]

A rewarding journey for artists of the Jackson St. Workers Mural

By KATHERINE CHILCOTE SEATTLE (April 28, 2017) — The Jackson Street Workers Mural was a three-year experience of close collaboration between myself and fellow artist Devon Midori Hale. Installed last week and set to be unveiled at a block party on Sunday, April 30, this 350-foot mural is a depiction of labor history. In particular, […]

Boeing’s costly buybacks, Trumpcare, detax the rich…

Thursday, April 27, 2017   BOEING   ► MUST-READ from The Stranger — Seattle Times is providing PR for Boeing’s greedy execs — When Boeing announced yet another round of job cuts, and not just any old cuts, but cuts to technical and engineering jobs, Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times explained the situation exactly […]

House Republicans approve Trumpcare bill

McMorris Rodgers votes ‘yes’; all Dems, Reichert, Herrera Beutler vote ‘no’   UPDATE (May 4, 2017) — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly voted 217-213 today to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare. If approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, the […]

Mark your calendars for MayWorks 2017

MayWorks is an annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history. While Canada has carried the tradition for years — in Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver — the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO first organized MayWorks in 2012 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Bread and Roses March. Since 2012, MayWorks events have popped […]

Workers Memorial Day: We are now canaries in the coal mine

At Hanford, throughout nation, there’s a new indifference to worker safety   By JEFF JOHNSON April 28 is Workers Memorial Day. A day we remember and honor those brothers and sisters who died in the previous year due to a work related accident or illness. Hundreds of memorials will be held around the country. The […]

The search for spine, she persists, Trump’s trickle-down…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Olympian — Lawmakers need to find their spines (editorial) — The Democrats have balked at holding a floor vote for their roughly $3 billion tax package, which includes a modest capital gains tax on sales of stocks. The Democrats fear, perhaps rightly, that any […]

40-hour workweek, overtime pay under attack by House Republicans

UPDATE (May 3, 2017) — On Tuesday afternoon, the House voted to allow private-sector employers to avoid paying overtime pay by offering “compensatory time” off, essentially eliminating the 40-hour workweek. The bill passed 229-197, largely along party lines. Washington Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert all voted to end […]

Join May Day marches for immigrant rights

‘May Day of Resistance’ in Seattle, plus events in Yakima and Olympia   (April 26, 2017) — Immigrant rights activists, union members and community supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers for May Day marches and actions in Seattle, Yakima and Olympia on Monday, May 1, International Workers Day. SEATTLE — El Comité […]

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