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Archive for: July, 2017

Jobs still held hostage, Trumpcare lacks votes, NAFTA 2

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington lawmakers face deadline in stalemate over rural water-use — A handful of Washington lawmakers hope to reach a last-minute deal to end the lingering — and consequential — stalemate over rural water-use and a capital-construction budget. Washington residents everywhere could miss […]

Persak for Port, scary new Trumpcare, Diaper Don’s destination

Friday, July 14, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — The Times recommends: John Persak for Port of Seattle Commission, Position 4 (editorial endorsement) — In a field of accomplished candidates, Persak stands out as the candidate with the most experience and commitment to supporting and expanding the port. A longshoreman, Persak […]

The Stranger wrong to dismiss Persak for labor leadership

SEATTLE (July 14, 2017) — The following statement was released today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper, just came out with its endorsements for political offices in King County and Seattle. As with all endorsing organizations, The Stranger’s “Election Control Board” has a set […]

Washington state (again) leads nation on family leave

By JOHN BURBANK (July 14, 2017) — Twenty-eight years ago, a freshman senator in the state Legislature, Patty Murray, dismissed as just a “mom in tennis shoes” but now Washington’s senior U.S. senator, shepherded the Family and Medical Leave Act through the Capitol, with the support and leadership of then-Speaker Joe King, Rep. Jay Inslee, […]

St. Joe’s caregivers, supporters picket over wages, staffing

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TACOMA (July 14, 2017) — CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center made $51 million in profit in 2016, yet is failing to invest in staffing, pay living wages, or offer real career advancement to its staff. That’s why more than 800 nursing assistants, dietary and housekeeping staff, and […]

GOP politics > jobs, we’re #1, who should lead labor

Thursday, July 13, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Work on new Burke Museum may halt as state capital budget gets caught up in politics — Last year, legislators made a down payment on a new Burke Museum and promised to fund the rest in 2017. But now the capital […]

Contact the FCC today to keep the Internet open to all

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2017) — Net neutrality. It’s the idea that the Internet should be open to everyone and that Internet Service Providers and telecom companies can’t block content or intentionally slow down load times for particular websites. This principle, which was initially approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010, is essentially that […]

Release the hostages, Cruz vs. 1.5M Americans, it’s a Category 5

Wednesday, July 12, 2017   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the (Everett) Herald — Cut capital budget’s tie to water rights dispute (editorial) — The state’s $4 billion capital budget, which provides the funding for construction of public schools, colleges, universities, community and youth facilities, parks, environmental projects and more, is being held up by […]

Join campaign for ‘just transition’ to clean-energy economy

Alliance events set for Thursday in Everett, Olympia; on July 27 in Seattle   The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is the coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 170 organizations in Washington state dedicated to addressing the climate crisis, strengthening our economy by creating family-wage jobs, and reducing racial inequality. The Alliance — […]

Seattle taxes the rich, Diaper Don loves it, colleges are bad

Tuesday, July 11, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle City Council approves income tax on the rich, but quick legal challenge likely — The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. A legal challenge […]

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