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Archive for: May, 2017

Tell Congress: Don’t put economy at risk by deregulating banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2017) — The “Financial CHOICE Act” — or, more accurately, the Wrong CHOICE Act — is a plan to deregulate Wall Street that would put consumers, investors, and the entire financial system at risk of another 2008 financial crisis. It would gut Dodd-Frank financial reform and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection […]

Boeing’s 3 C’s, silly Shea, Paris pullout, Dems’ disgust

Wednesday, May 31, 2017   BOEING: CUT, COLLECT, CASH OUT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing continues to cut jobs, citing need to stay competitive — The Boeing Co.’s workforce in Washington dropped by 1,582 in April. That is the biggest month-over-month decline for the airplane maker since January 2003, when the company […]

Meet Manka at Labor Neighbor kickoff event on June 17

Union member volunteers are needed in critical State Senate race   KIRKLAND — A critical election this fall for state senator in the 45th Legislative District — which includes Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall and surrounding King County communities — could break the gridlock in Olympia that has stymied progress on funding public education, tax break accountability, […]

Stecher to receive prestigious national Joe Hill Award

By EDNA OBERMAN Special to The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2017) — Janet Stecher, director of the Seattle Labor Chorus and a member of Musicians Local 76-493, is this year’s recipient of the Joe Hill Award, granted by the Labor Heritage Foundation of Washington, D.C.  The award, named after labor organizer and songwriter Joe […]

Boeing banks $242M, McSticks and McStones, Trump’s America

Tuesday, May 30, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the Seattle Times — Aerospace tax incentives saved Boeing $242 million last year — Boeing disclosed Friday that last year it saved $242 million thanks to Washington state’s aerospace industry tax incentives, $63 million less than the previous year. The figures indicate Boeing paid $68 […]

Shutdown anxiety, Saudi Transit, Cathy to the rescue, This Girl

Friday, May 26, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From the Public News Service — State workers get notice of potential layoffs as budget talks continue — On Friday, the state budget office formally notified AFSCME, the union that represents Washington state employees, that workers could be temporarily laid off if a compromise isn’t reached […]

Tell legislators: Stop this political nonsense, fund the contracts

State workers are getting layoff notices as Senate GOP refuse to do their job   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2017) — Washington state agencies have been instructed to plan for a partial government shutdown on July 1 because legislators are in a political standoff over the 2017-19 operating budget. In fact, amid a second overtime session […]

BPA by Amazon®, shutdown prep, Doug’s available, CBO’s body-slam

Thursday, May 25, 2017   LOCAL   ► From KUOW — Trump’s budget proposes selling off BPA grid — One of President Trump’s ideas to generate revenue is not sitting well with some Northwest utilities. The proposed budget includes a plan to sell off publicly-owned transmission lines, like those owned by the Bonneville Power Administration. […]

Coalition ‘disappointed’ in move to take capital gains off table

OLYMPIA (May 25, 2017) — All In For Action, a coalition of 50 organizations committed to cleaning up Washington’s upside-down tax code, issued the following response to Governor Jay Inslee’s comments on Tuesday that there is not sufficient support in the State Legislature to close the capital gains tax loophole: “The governor has been a strong advocate of fixing our […]

More special pay for them, more austerity for us, more scoring

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — No agreement yet: Washington Legislature goes into second special session — Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a second special session to continue work on court-mandated K-12 education funding and a new state budget. In his remarks, the governor effectively […]

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