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Archive for: September, 2017

BTC strike continues, ACA repeal vote, Seahawks get it right

Tuesday, September 26, 2017   LOCAL   ► From the WEA — Strike begins at Bellingham Technical College, classes canceled — College employees are seeking a modest pay increase to keep up with the rising cost of health care and other living expenses. Negotiations continued all day Sunday without a contract settlement. Union President Alex […]

Seattle’s minimum wage hasn’t boosted grocery prices

SEATTLE (Sept. 26, 2017) — Back in June, the University of Washington issued a working paper about Seattle’s minimum wage increase that found more people were working in the city at more jobs for higher pay, but still managed to find fault by suggesting that workers’ hours may have been cut in the process. (That […]

Farmworkers’ rights meeting set for Thursday in Yakima

YAKIMA — Farmworkers in the Yakima Valley: Do you have questions about your labor rights? Make plans to attend a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the UFCW Labor Hall, 507 S. 3rd St. in Yakima. (Download and share event fliers in English and en Español.) Workers of the agricultural industry […]

Strike closes BTC, Times vs. gift horse, America says let DREAMers stay

Monday, September 25, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Strike cancels Bellingham Technical College classes — Classes at Bellingham Technical College are canceled Monday because of a labor dispute with support staff members. An email from BTC administration said faculty members voted to honor a picket line of employees from the […]

Republicans try to buy votes to kill ACA

While Trump was baiting NFL players, GOP senators were resuscitating their last-ditch effort to take away health coverage from millions of Americans.   By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) — If you’re wondering why President Trump decided to take on peaceful protests by NFL players over the weekend, when he couldn’t […]

Death by dotards, Dino in D.C., what Americans really want

Friday, September 22, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► From the CBPP — Like other ACA repeal bills, Cassidy-Graham would cap and deeply cut Medicaid — Sens. Cassidy and Graham have tried to focus attention on their block grant and away from the per-capita cap on Medicaid funding in their bill. In addition to cutting funding […]

Bellingham Technical College staff vote to strike Monday

The following is from the Washington Education Association: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 22, 2017) — Non-faculty employees at Bellingham Technical College have voted to strike Monday, Sept. 25, if the BTC Board of Trustees continues its refusal to offer a fair contract settlement. College staff and their supporters plan to protest at the Board’s meeting Thursday at […]

L&I proposes 2.5% rate decrease for workers’ comp in 2018

By DAVID GROVES The Stand TUMWATER (Sept. 22, 2017) — Five years ago, business lobbyists in Washington were apoplectic about the state-run workers’ compensation system. Reserve funds in the safety net for injured workers had been drawn down to low levels after the recession and they were warning that employers should brace for the “mother […]

Trumpcare vote next week, slavery in Tacoma, stop the giveaways

Thursday, September 21, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► From The Hill — Senate GOP aims to vote next week on Trumpcare ► From the AFL-CIO — The Senate is in a hurry to cut our health care — Republican leaders are in such a rush that they plan to vote on the bill before they […]

Welfare & Pension strike continues, nearing one month

The company that administers health care plans and pensions for union workers is trying to take away those same benefits from its employees.   MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2017) — More than 70 employees of Welfare and Pension Administration Services, Inc. (WPAS) have been on strike for four weeks because the owners of the […]


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