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Archive for: September, 2017

BTC strike ends, hey Joe, ICE raids, sincerity by Chance

Friday, September 29, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — BTC union ends strike; classes will be held Friday — Students at Bellingham Technical College are headed back to class Friday after a union representing support staff ended a four-day strike. College officials and the Bellingham Educational Support Team — representing classified […]

Seattle U., St. Martin’s faculty unite to fight for their rights

The following is from SEIU Local 925: (Sept. 29, 2017) — Contingent, tenured, and tenure-line faculty at Seattle University and Saint Martin’s University announced this week that they will unite and build a strong organization outside the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process to fight for improvements like fair pay and better working conditions. “While […]

Labor’s Emerging Leaders will gather Oct. 13-14 in Seattle

Sign up for conference on “Social Justice Unionism in the Face of Right-to-Work”   By KELLY COOGAN-GEHR SEATTLE (Sept. 29, 2017) — The labor movement and working people have seen their share of challenges over the past several decades: a massive drop in union density, outsourcing, downskilling and deskilling, automation, threats to immigrant rights, and […]

DREAMers’ renewals due Oct. 5; scholarships can cover fees

The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (Sept. 28, 2017) — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that Washington state DREAMers will soon have assistance in paying the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Advocates recommend DREAMers mail their applications […]

‘Blatantly political’ attack on working people

Public employee unions: Supreme Court’s Janus case will further rig U.S. economy against workers   WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2017) — The following statement was issued Thursday by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU — the nation’s four largest public sector unions — in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant […]

The war on unions, trickle-down Trump, $2-per-hour Audi workers

Thursday, September 28, 2017   THE WAR ON UNIONS   ► From Bloomberg — U.S. Supreme Court to scrutinize mandatory union fees again — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will try for a second time to decide whether 5 million government workers can refuse to pay union fees, accepting a case that could […]

Strike ends, but WPAS owners fire 10 strikers; union files ULPs

The following is from Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8: MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Sept. 28, 2017) — OPEIU Local 8 has reached a Tentative Agreement with Welfare and Pension Administration Services, Inc. (WPAS) that was ratified by the strikers this past Monday. Workers won their fight by keeping seniority rights, sick leave benefits, a […]

Hundreds urge Providence to invest in care at Everett vigil

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: EVERETT (Sept. 28, 2017) — Hospice and home health caregivers, frustrated with rushing between vulnerable patients and taking long hours of on-call time, hosted a community candlelight vigil on Wednesday to call on Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish County to invest in care and caregivers. More […]

‘Dolores’ documentary screens Oct. 6-12 at SIFF in Seattle

SEATTLE — History tells us that Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers union. But missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. […]

Millennium denied, ACA survives, GOP’s lawless theocratic nutbag

Wednesday, September 27, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the (Longview) Daily News — Ecology denies key permit for Millennium coal terminal — In a potentially fatal blow to Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed Longview coal export dock, the state Department of Ecology has denied a water quality permit for the project, concluding that it […]

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