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Archive for: August, 2017

Harvey relief fund, 83% ‘yes’ at zoo, moving out and up

Tuesday, August 29, 2017   HURRICANE HARVEY   ► From the Texas AFL-CIO — Texas Workers Relief Fund — A fund has been established to assist workers and their families displaced and experiencing other hardship as a result of Hurricane Harvey and its devastating floods. Your tax-deductible donations are encouraged to this fund operated by […]

Welfare & Pension Inc. strike continues; call the owners

Call WPAS owners, tell them to end union-busting and settle a fair contract!   MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 29, 2017) — The workers who administer health and pension benefits for thousands of union members in the Pacific Northwest have been on strike for a week. After 11 months of negotiations and seven months without a […]

Join IAM 751 for Union Solidarity Day on Sept. 10 at Wild Waves

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Machinists Union (IAM) District Council 751 is inviting the members of all unions in the Puget Sound area to bring their families to a special Union Solidarity Day event on Sunday, Sept. 10. The union has reserved Wild Waves Theme Park for a private event that day from 10 a.m. to […]

Wenatchee still works, Manka’s boost, Harvey help

Monday, August 28, 2017   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Wenatchee waits and wonders about aluminum smelter’s future — The off-again, on-again history of Wenatchee’s massive Alcoa aluminum plant has left the city and former workers unsure about its prospects, even as ingot prices climb to levels that previously sustained one of […]

Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy campaign kickoffs continue

Events Tuesday thru Thursday in Anacortes, Vancouver, Shoreline and Yakima   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 — which includes the […]

Scab service, meet Manka, DACA decision, matinee meh

Friday, August 25, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle-area union members who dole out benefits to other union workers go on strike — About 100 unionized Welfare and Pension Administration Service (WPAS) office staffers pay out benefit claims for workers in at least 80 other unions (primarily in the labor […]

NW Justice Project staff joins together with OPEIU 8

The following is from OPEIU Local 8: SEATTLE (Aug. 25, 2017) — Northwest Justice Project (NJP) employees voted by an overwhelming margin to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a mail ballot election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 163 case attorneys, […]

Celebrate the American worker on Sept. 4

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 4. This is a day to recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. As this Labor Day message sponsored by the Snohomish County Labor Council explains, “It is appropriate that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom […]

Buy union: Support good jobs as you celebrate Labor Day

The following is from Labor 411: Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer, and it shouldn’t take a lot of… er… labor to make it one to remember. There are plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday, from enjoying a parade and chilling at the beach to hanging around the campfire and grilling at […]

Ryan trickles down, Matt Shea’s facts-ism, reviving unions

Thursday, August 24, 2017   TRICKLE-DOWN TAX CUTS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — House speaker Paul Ryan touring Boeing in Everett this morning — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will tour Boeing Thursday and talk with Boeing employees during an event that will be streamed live on YouTube. Ryan, a Republican from […]


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