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Archive for: May, 2017

America for sale — CHEAP! (Needs work.)

White House looks to sell off public assets to Saudi Arabia, rich investors   WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2017) — The Washington Post reports today that the Trump administration is drafting plans to privatize public assets, including airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities. President Trump’s budget proposal released on Tuesday would spend $200 […]

Trump budget ‘most significant betrayal yet of working people’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2017) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal: President Donald Trump’s budget is the most significant betrayal yet of the working people he claims to support. This budget is a blueprint for how to rig the rules of the economy to […]

Boeing minus 13,600 jobs, AHCA suffering, Americans last, et tu Harley?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Cuts continue as Boeing issues more layoff notices — Boeing issued more layoff notices Friday, as the aerospace giant continues trimming its workforce. At least 281 workers were told they will be out of a job by late July. The company laid […]

Back to work at AT&T, time’s up in Olympia, American serfs

Monday, May 22, 2017   AT&T STRIKE   ► In the (Longview) Daily News — Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T — About a dozen Longview AT&T workers joined up to 40,000 of their union colleagues across the nation in a walkout Friday over benefits, health care and job security. They […]

‘Past Forward’ event on Left Coast Unionism June 24 at UW

SEATTLE (May 22, 2017) — The Labor Archives of Washington and the and Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at University of Washington invite all to mark their calendars for a special event, “Past Forward: The Legacy of Left Coast Militant Unionism and Lessons For Today’s Struggles.” It will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, […]

Tell Senators: Oppose S. 1094 attack on VA workers’ rights

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2017) — Right now, the Senate is working on one of the most extreme anti-worker bills we’ve seen yet. This bill, S. 1094, attacks official time, one of federal employees’ core union rights. AFGE uses official time to help employees […]

Legislators get theirs, nixing paid leave, TPP 2.0, RIP CC

Friday, May 19, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the Sky Valley Chronicle — Local labor groups, educators and others to stage rally at Shoreline school on Saturday — The Washington Federation of State Employees has encouraged all union members and community supporters to a Save Fircrest Rally and Picket on Saturday, May 20 […]

State must consider income tax through lens of 21st century

By JOHN BURBANK (May 19, 2017) — One hundred and twenty one years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation was legal. Its decision, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, became the law of the land, embedding Jim Crow laws and habits in the South and the North, disenfranchising blacks, creating separate and inferior public […]

Cathy’s real family, RTW coming, too many people

Thursday, May 18, 2017   COUNTDOWN TO IMPEACHMENT   ► In today’s Washington Post — Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election — The Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials. Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor […]

Rally, picket May 20 to save Fircrest School from closure

SHORELINE — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 encourages all union members and community supporters to a Save Fircrest Rally and Picket on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Fircrest School, 15230 15th Ave. NE in Shoreline. (Download, post and share the rally flier.) As state lawmakers continue […]


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