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Archive for: October, 2017

Health coverage signups begin Wednesday

Help available for state employees, consumers using WA HealthPlanFinder   OLYMPIA (Oct. 31, 2017) — In this Washington, we are trying to make sure more people have access to health care. Tomorrow is a big day in that effort as open enrollment begins Wednesday, Nov. 1 for state employees and for consumers seeking health insurance […]

Washington women step up, drain the swamp, scary movie

Tuesday, October 31, 2017   WASHINGTON WOMEN   ► From NW News Network — Women at Washington Capitol say ‘me too’ — Nicole Grant and Jessyn Farrell were two of nine women who told stories about the climate for women working at Washington’s Legislature in light of reports of male misconduct emerging at statehouses across […]

End the hostage crisis, ITMFA, Trump’s tax cuts, unions are cool…

Monday, October 30, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Pass a capital budget to help rural communities build (editorial) — Each day, a leaking sewer system reminds Carbonado residents how the Legislature can’t get its job done. The Pierce County town of 665 people is in line for about $12 […]

Inslee urges Alliance forward; more kickoff events scheduled

Become a Climate Action Steward; attend event tonight in Yakima Valley   OLYMPIA (Oct. 27, 2017) — Nearly 200 attended the Olympia kickoff event for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy featuring Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday. The Alliance — which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a number of other unions — […]

Seattle’s next leaders, Trumpcare tax, our workless future, Fats

Friday, October 27, 2017   LOCAL   ► From The Stranger — Two labor leaders make the case for Jenny Durkan (by Nicole Grant and David Rolf) — Our organizations helped lead the way for $15, secure scheduling, paid sick leave, ban-the-box, and the other victories workers have won in Seattle. Now, we are enthusiastically […]

Manka maligned, Aberdeen mill fined, local media undermined

Thursday, October 26, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Ignore misleading attack ads in 45th District Senate race (editorial) — A TV ad paid for by Working Families, a group backed entirely by Senate Republicans’ soft money PAC, evokes outdated and offensive stereotypes about people of color. It likens Manka […]

Shame on state’s corporations for funding false, racist attack ads

EDITORIAL The Stand OLYMPIA (Oct. 26, 2017) — Washington state’s biggest companies and corporate lobbying groups — including Amazon, Microsoft and the Association of Washington Business — are paying for false, offensive and racist campaign ads attacking Democratic Senate candidate Manka Dhingra in the high-stakes 45th Legislative District election that will determine which party controls […]

Tribunal to examine ironworkers’ conditions Oct. 26 in Burien

One year after strike began, construction workers gather to speak out, allege widespread abuses in the Pacific Northwest Reinforcing Industry   BURIEN, Wash. (Oct. 26, 2017) — Non-union workers from several Seattle-area construction contractors including Bulwark Construction and Walker Rebar have been on strike since October 2016. Many more continue to walk off job sites […]

GOP supports slashing Medicaid, Medicare

UPDATE (Oct. 26, 2017) — In a dramatic vote this morning, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a budget measure that calls for cuts of $1 trillion from Medicaid and $550 billion from Medicare, as well as major cuts to education and other services. The measure was necessary to allow Republicans in the […]

SS Steiner strike, Sinclair silent, Murray scores, no sense of decency

Wednesday, October 25, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Striking S.S. Steiner workers in Yakima say their rights are on the line — For more than a month, about two dozen workers from S.S. Steiner’s pellet and warehouse departments have been picketing outside the company’s Yakima facility… To those not familiar […]


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