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Archive for: April, 2017

Stand Up today, retail woes, Trumparency…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — State workers will demonstrate to urge lawmakers to support new labor contracts — Washington state workers are staging demonstrations Wednesday to urge the Legislature to approve their new two-year labor contracts. Statewide, employees at about 150 job sites plan to demonstrate […]

Workers Memorial Day events are especially important in 2017

(April 19, 2017) — Each year on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew the struggle for safe workplaces. In the coming days, several Workers Memorial Day commemorations are planned throughout Washington state, including tonight in Seattle. (See the list […]

More Boeing layoffs, stale stalemate in Olympia, Cathy goes small…

Tuesday, April 18, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing plans hundreds of layoff notices for engineers this week — Job cuts at Boeing keep on coming: The company told staff in a memo Monday that “hundreds of engineering employees” in Washington state and other company sites — but not in […]

House budget is clear choice for UW, higher education

By MONICA CORTES VIHARO (April 18, 2017) — These days there’s a lot of disagreement in the state House of Representatives, but some things should be easy to agree on: We should not balance the budget on the backs of our students, state universities and public employees. The Senate’s proposed budget slashes funding for critical […]

AFL-CIO calls for tax reform that works for working people

The following is from the AFL-CIO: (April 18, 2017) — Today, Americans will fulfill our civic duty of paying taxes to a system that is far from perfect or fair. As Congress reportedly is working on a plan to reform it, the AFL-CIO has a simple framework for what a serious proposal should include, and […]

Tax Day protests, raises held hostage, Trump on Davis-Bacon…

Monday, April 17, 2017   TAX DAY   ► In the Seattle Times — Seattle Tax March, Black Lives Matter protests make their way through downtown — A morning Tax March Seattle protest, complete with angry demonstrators and 13-foot inflatable Trump chicken, called on the president to release his tax returns. In the afternoon, a […]

Women’s Committee offers scholarships for SIUW-Hawaii

(April 17, 2017) — Every year, the Washington State Labor Council’s Women’s Committee sponsors scholarships to the annual Summer Institute for Union Women. The 2017 SIUW is being held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Women’s Committee is offering up to four scholarships to any union women who would like to attend. The SIUW celebrates the […]

Facing the heat (or not), Larry Brown’s hat, turning on Trump, RIP J…

Friday, April 14, 2017   TOWN HALLS   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Rep. Dan Newhouse hears from voters in Sunnyside (video and text) — Newhouse says tonight’s crowd is one of the largest he’s seen in a listening session since he’s taken office. He said his personal healthcare coverage through Congress is the […]

Policy bills languish in divided Legislature

OLYMPIA (April 14, 2017) — Wednesday was the cutoff deadline for policy bills to have passed both houses of the Washington State Legislature and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature or veto. As in recent years, having Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate meant that a lot of policy bills […]

Take action TODAY to fund public services

Support state employees at a Stand Up for Washington event near you   OLYMPIA — Washington’s state employees are our hard-working friends and neighbors who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, instruct and serve students at state universities and colleges, and provide […]


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