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Archive for: August, 2017

Boeing ♥s Ryan’s tax cuts, as long as no job strings attached

By JOHN BURBANK EVERETT (August 24, 2017) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will come to Everett on Thursday to tour the Boeing factory here and make a case for lighter taxes on corporations. “Lighter taxes on multinational corporations will mean more jobs,” he’ll say, smugly pursing his thin lips. Only problem: Boeing gets huge tax […]

Teamsters strike at Veneer Chip Transport enters 5th week

FIFE (Aug. 24, 2017) — Dozens of Teamsters at Veneer Chip Transport, Inc. have been on an unfair-labor-practice strike for five weeks after their employer unilaterally imposed health care cuts and other changes in the terms of employment in July. VCT is a Fife-based trucking firm that picks up wood chips and residuals from lumber […]

McCleary trouble, Spokane is hiring, Trump’s alt-reality

Wednesday, August 23, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From The Stranger — Seattle Public Schools officials ‘deeply troubled’ by Legislature’s education funding plan — Seattle Public Schools officials announced Monday afternoon that they plan to file a legal brief in the Washington State Supreme Court this week outlining “substantial flaws” in the education funding […]

Welfare and Pension benefit administrators go on strike

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 23, 2017) — The workers who administer health and pension benefits for thousands of union members in the Pacific Northwest are going on strike. After 11 months of negotiations and seven months without a contract, members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8 who work at Welfare and […]

Sea-Tac taxi drivers to strike again Wednesday over conditions

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: SEATAC (Aug. 23, 2017) — For the second day this week, taxi drivers who serve customers at Sea-Tac Airport will strike over unsafe, unsanitary working conditions and retaliatory practices by the drivers’ dispatch company, Eastside For Hire. The strike will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 […]

Locascio resigns; WA Fair Trade Coalition seeks new director

SEATTLE (Aug. 22, 2017) — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition, the state alliance of more than 60 labor, faith, environmental, farmer and social justice groups that are committed to creating a fair, balanced and sustainable global trading system, is seeking a new director. See the job posting. Gillian Locascio, who has served as WFTC director […]

Ryan coming to Everett, Dem trifecta, Medicaid buy-in

Tuesday, August 22, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — House speaker to visit Boeing in Everett to talk tax reform — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will tour the Boeing plant in Everett on Thursday and chat with workers about his plan to slash the amount of federal taxes paid by […]

No more trickle-down ‘free trade’ agreements

NAFTA betrayed us. Any new deal must prioritize people, not corporations.   By LEO W. GERARD (Aug. 22, 2017) — Free trade be damned. People don’t need any more free trade. They need jobs. And not just any jobs. They need good jobs with living wages and decent benefits. That’s what negotiators from the United […]

Concrete contract, pressing Trump, voters to decide Missouri RTW

Monday, August 21, 2017   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Concrete driver strike that slowed Seattle construction ends with labor deal — The strike by local concrete delivery truck drivers that slowed construction projects across King County is coming to an end following a labor agreement reached Friday. More than a quarter […]

Seattle-area concrete strike ends with ‘rock solid’ contract

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: TUKWILA (Aug. 21, 2017) — A full week after 86 Teamsters at CalPortland walked off the job and 208 other Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepared to do the same, everyone is now back to work after a deal was finally reached in the pre-dawn hours […]


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