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Archive for: June, 2017

Beat the clock, ‘Fair Work Week,’ blood on a tax cut, Lowell’s Feat

Friday, June 30, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Olympian — Budget deal must be signed by midnight to prevent shutdown — A $43.7-billion budget deal that has been in the works for the past six months was released to the public early Friday morning, less than 24 hours before it must be […]

Seattle minimum wage study tries to flip the script—and reality

Using contorted accounting, a new report on Seattle’s minimum wage aims to convince us that more jobs and higher wages are bad for us.   The following is from Working Washington: SEATTLE (June 29, 2017) — You may have seen a story or two about the latest anti-minimum wage study. This report finds Seattle has […]

This July 4th, let’s celebrate America’s interdependence

By JOHN BURBANK (June 30, 2017) — We are approaching the Fourth of July, when we celebrate American independence and the success of the colonists’ desire to be self-ruling. The United States was the first of England’s many colonies to gain its independence, something that would not be repeated until Canada broke away nearly a […]

Shutdown averted, budget passed, contracts funded

UPDATE (11:30 p.m., June 30, 2017) — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 reports: “Gov. Jay Inslee at 11:15 p.m. tonight (Friday, June 30) signed the 2017-2019 operating budget that funds our contracts and public services and stops the shutdown of services tied to the operating budget. The governor applauded the full […]

Shutdown looms, ‘Relief for the Rich’ delayed, save Laura’s life

Wednesday, June 28, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — State government might shut down this weekend as lawmakers still can’t agree on budget — Lawmakers have until midnight on June 30 to pass a budget before state services shut down and more than 30,000 state workers get laid off temporarily. […]

A union is born, no time left in Olympia, TrumpCut in peril

Tuesday, June 27, 2017   LOCAL   ► From David Bacon — A new farm worker union is born — The signing of the contract with Sakuma Brothers Farms was a quiet end to four years of strikes and boycotts, in which these workers had organized the first new farm-worker union in the United States […]

Urge Columbia Bank to cut ties to anti-union Freedom Foundation

Take action on June 28 outside Columbia Bank’s Tacoma HQ   TACOMA — The Washington-based Freedom Foundation, a right-wing tax exempt organization with the mission of defunding and destroying unions, refuses to disclose its donors. But over the years, it has leaked out that the group’s biggest funders are national foundations set up by Republican […]

Travel ban’s back, 5 days to go, dueling wage studies

Monday, June 26, 2017   MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN   ► BREAKING from AP — Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban, will hear arguments — The Supreme Court is letting the administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower-court orders. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald […]

Rally June 27 to tell Amazon: Pay fair share, stop shutdown

UPDATE — See WFSE’s video coverage of the rally outside Amazon HQ on June 27. SEATTLE — There are just five days left for the Washington State Legislature to agree on the 2017-19 budget before much of the state government shuts down on July 1. This extended political stare-down is costing precious taxpayer dollars and […]

Stop the shutdown, rich get richer / poor get dead, our fake democracy, KT+KT+KT

Friday, June 23, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From Teamsters 117 — Teamster Jessica Poston speaks out at a rally for state workers — Teamster Jessica Poston, a counselor at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, joined several other state employees who spoke at a rally at the Western State Hospital in Lakewood against […]

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