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In Olympia, aerospace workers seek tax break accountability


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE 2001: OLYMPIA (Nov. 23, 2015) — Nearly 200 current and former aerospace workers came to the Washington state capitol Friday to urge legislators to take steps to ensure the nation’s largest corporate tax break meets its original intent to “maintain and grow […]

Bipartisan support for labor in Friedrichs case


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) — The top attorneys for 22 states and the District of Columbia, including Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, have filed a “friend-of-the-court” amicus brief supporting unions in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. This case, pushed to the U.S. Supreme Court by right-wing billionaires intent on manipulating the economic […]

Minimum wage insufficient to make ends meet, report finds


The following is from the Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN): (Nov. 13, 2015) — The city of SeaTac pioneered a fight for fair wages. The fight for thousands of workers meant the promise of a huge pay hike, 63 percent if they were making the state minimum at the time. Then, they fought back […]

As Boeing cuts jobs in state, a renewed call for accountability


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE 2001 (SPEEA) and Machinists Union District Lodge 751 (IAM 751): SEATTLE (Nov. 10, 2015) — With employment at The Boeing Co. down more than 3,600 jobs since Washington extended $8.7 billion in tax incentives to “maintain and grow” the state’s aerospace industry, leaders […]

See how labor’s endorsed candidates fared in the election

election results

(Nov. 4, 2015) — Following are the election results as of this morning in races where the Washington State Labor Council or the regional AFL-CIO central labor councils made an endorsement. (The endorsed candidate/position is in bold; follow links for potentially updated results.) ●  Initiative 1366 (Tim Eyman’s supermajority) — YES 54%, NO 46% ●  30th […]

Reduced $2,200 state fine in dairy fatality spurs outrage


OLYMPIA (Oct. 16, 2015) — This week, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) dramatically reduced the penalties for the owners of the Riverview Ranch dairy, a Darigold supplier in Mabton, Wash., for workplace safety violations in the gruesome death of farmworker Randy Vasquez in February. Advocates for farmworker safety are expressing outrage […]

State Attorney General sues anti-union group over RTW efforts


By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Oct. 15, 2015) — The Washington State Attorney General’s office sued the anti-union Freedom Foundation on Wednesday for hiding its financial support of several 2014 ballot measures that were intended to impose so-called “right to work” restrictions on public employee unions in various cities across Washington. The AG’s office […]

Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy plans initiative for 2016


SEATTLE (Oct. 8, 2015) — With businesses, unions, communities of color and faith groups standing shoulder to shoulder, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on Tuesday announced their plan to bring an Initiative to the People in 2016. By accounting for and addressing the cost of global warming, the initiative will direct investments to […]

Washington’s minimum wage will be frozen for 2016


TUMWATER (Oct. 1, 2015) — Washington state’s minimum wage will stay the same in 2016 — $9.47 per hour — because the national Consumer Price Index did not increase, the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced on Wednesday. For years, Washington’s minimum wage has been the highest in the country, but that will […]

Federal grant to study funding family leave in Washington


OLYMPIA (Sept. 30, 2015) — Advocates for paid family and medical leave on Tuesday applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to award $247,000 to study the economic impacts of implementing a paid family and medical leave program in Washington state. “The Washington Work and Family Coalition is excited by this news and what it […]


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