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Archive for: October, 2017

Got ballot? Check out labor’s endorsements

(Oct. 20, 2017) — Ballots for the November election were mailed this week by Washington’s county auditors. Union members and their families are urged to fill their ballots out and return them right away — before they get lost in your houses somewhere. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has made the following endorsements in […]

Boeing (re)hires, Hanford contaminates, Seattle backs down

Thursday, October 19, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing, reversing tide of cuts, rushes to bring back retirees as temps — Boeing has been shedding jobs for five straight years in the Puget Sound region, but this year the cuts seem to have gone too far. Now the jetmaker finds […]

Support the striking Teamsters at S.S. Steiner in Yakima

By PAUL PARMLEY YAKIMA (Oct. 19, 2017) — Miracle on 34th Street? Hardly. You may recall the movie, Kris Kringle working at Macy’s redirects shoppers to Gimbel’s Department Store when Macy’s didn’t carry an item. Gimbel’s Department store is a thing of the past but Louis S. Gimbel III, heir to the Gimbel wealth, is […]

Use state’s aerospace tax breaks to bring Airbus to Washington

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 19, 2017) — Boeing woke up to a rude surprise on Tuesday. The Chicago-based corporation thought they had gotten the Trump Administration to stymie their competition from Quebec-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier through a monumental 300 percent tariff. But instead, the French Canadians tossed the ball to Toulose, France-based Airbus, which will […]

Join UNITE HERE immigration action on Oct. 19 in SeaTac

SEATAC — As part of a larger union-wide Day of Action in 40 cities across the U.S. and Canada, UNITE HERE! Local 8 members and their community supporters will gather at Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd. in SeaTac, for a rally and march on Thursday, Oct. 19. The picnic and rally begins at 4:30 […]

First Student strike prep, Trumpcare tax, witch hunt

Wednesday, October 18, 2017   LOCAL   ► From Teamsters Local 174 — Strike appears imminent at First Student as negotiations break down — Negotiations between Teamsters Local 174 and Seattle School District bus contractor First Student broke down last week. The negotiations over healthcare and retirement – which affect over 400 school bus drivers […]

Did Sinclair buy KOMO to shut it down?

IATSE seeks assurance that KOMO jobs, community service will continue   By DAVE TWEDELL SEATTLE (Oct. 18, 2017) — IATSE Local 600, the union representing the news photographers at KOMO in Seattle, will hear on Oct. 23 the response from Sinclair Broadcast Group to a collective bargaining proposal to save their jobs if their proposed […]

Opposing DeVos, crashing health care, silencing workers

Tuesday, October 17, 2017   LOCAL   ► In the Seattle Times — Betsy DeVos promotes school choice; protesters say her ideas aren’t welcome in Washington — In a hotel ballroom in Bellevue on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on Washington residents to fight for more school choice. Outside, roughly 1,500 people protested in […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern for ’18 session

OLYMPIA (Oct. 17, 2017) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 450,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2018 legislative session. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 17. Here is the job posting: Legislative Intern The […]

Join Inslee at Alliance kickoff event Oct. 24 in Olympia

OLYMPIA — All union members and community supporters of sustainable clean-energy jobs are invited to join Governor Jay Inslee, state Rep. Beth Doglio and the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy for a climate change town hall and Olympia kickoff event for the Alliance’s campaign for an effective and equitable carbon reduction policy for transitioning […]


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