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Larsen backs Fast Track; but will he fight slavery, Medicare cuts?

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand (May 28, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2nd) issued a press statement Wednesday announcing his support for granting Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “Fast Track,” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and subsequent trade agreements. The congressman did so despite strong opposition to Fast Track/TPP from a broad coalition […]

Green River College board backs Ely; faculty authorizes strike

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AUBURN (May 27, 2015) — About 160 students, faculty, classified employees, and concerned community members, overflowing into the hallway, attended the monthly Green River College’s Board of Trustees meeting on May 21 to express their frustration with the hostile working environment and the lack of confidence in college president Eileen Ely. But after the meeting, […]

Protest Reichert plan to cut Medicare to pay for TPP job loss

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SEATTLE — Advocates for fair trade policies and for the Medicare program will join together on Thursday to protest a new proposal by U.S. Rep. David Reichert (R-8th). He wants to raid Medicare funds to pay for unemployment and training benefits for workers whose jobs are moved overseas in the wake of the proposed Trans-Pacific […]

Sign petition to help ‘Take Back KCTS,’ save PBS in Seattle

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SEATTLE (May 22, 2015) — Community members are concerned that the sweeping production cuts and profit-driven decisions of KCTS Channel 9’s corporate management, which could include the imminent auctioning off of its federally licensed frequency to broadband companies, might spell the end of local Public Broadcasting System television in Seattle. Members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) […]

Happy Fair Trade Music Day! Seattle council OKs musicians’ measure

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The following is from the Musicians’ Association of Seattle, AFM Local 76-493: SEATTLE (May 20, 2015) — The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 on Monday to pass a resolution supporting fair and more equitable relationships between musicians and area clubs, and declaring today — May 20, 2015 — to be “Fair Trade Music Day” in […]

Sec. Kerry: ‘Export our planes, not our jobs’

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Citizens protest outside Secretary of State’s event at Boeing   RENTON (May 19, 2015) — At the Boeing factory here on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed company executives and dignitaries who share his support for granting “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other “free trade” deals […]

‘NO on Fast Track’ protest outside Kerry event Tuesday

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RENTON — Inside Boeing’s factory gates on Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be pleading the case for giving President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for another NAFTA-like “free trade” deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Short of the votes they need to pass Fast Track through Congress, Kerry will be promising […]

Student employees OK contract; UW’s ‘big moves’ averted strike

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SEATTLE (May 18, 2015) — After being on the brink of a strike a few weeks ago, more than 2,100 members of UAW Local 4121, the union for academic student employees (ASEs) at the University of Washington, have voted to approve a new three-year contract with the university that includes significant improvements to compensation and […]

Green River College faculty: President Ely has got to go

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AUBURN (May 15, 2015) — Last week, the faculty at Green River College filed an Unfair Labor Practice with Washington State Public Employees Relations Commission citing the administration’s failure to bargain in good faith, having to go to mediation yet circumventing the mediation process, and intentional retaliation against union leaders, among other destructive management practices. […]

PeaceHealth staffers return to work after 2-day lockout

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UPDATE (May 16, 2015) — SEIU HealthCare 1199NW reports that PeaceHealth workers were allowed to return to their patients on Saturday morning following a two-day lockout by management. The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: BELLINGHAM (May 14, 2015) — Showing its allegiances are tighter with an out-of-town contracted temporary worker agency than with its […]

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