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Big business targets Rep. Gregory with dishonest political attacks

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand FEDERAL WAY (July 31, 2015) — Big corporations based in Washington state — from Alaska Air to Liberty Mutual to T-Mobile — are running an aggressive, dishonest campaign to unseat state Rep. Carol Gregory (D-Federal Way) in this fall’s special election, prompting the question: what are they so afraid of? […]

Star making: The Seattle Times shills for Hill, Republicans

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By DAVID GROVES OLYMPIA (July 15, 2015) — Sometimes, a star isn’t born. It’s manufactured. In Sunday’s Seattle Times, “Sen. Andy Hill: A star emerges in session dominated by GOP” glowingly describes the Redmond Republican’s role in the recently concluded state budget negotiations. Reporter Joe O’Sullivan declares that Hill “is getting what comes with a […]

First raises in 7 years signed, sealed, delivered for state workers

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OLYMPIA (July 8, 2015) — Gov. Jay Inslee signed the 2015-17 General Government contract with the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 on Monday, the biggest of many state employee union contracts he can now sign with Legislature’s the passage of a 2015-17 operating budget that averted a threatened July 1 shutdown. The […]

Senate GOP embraced shutdown politics in 2015

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In two weeks, the Washington State Labor Council will publish its 2015 Legislative Report and Voting Record summarizing the 2015 session and showing how state legislators voted on key working family issues. As of this writing, the longest legislative session in state history still hasn’t concluded, but here’s a sneak peek at that WSLC report: […]

Senate GOP tea partiers holding state hostage

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Rather than compromise, extremists led by Sen. Andy Hill want ANOTHER session   OLYMPIA (June 26, 2015) — “There’s no other way to say it: The state Senate Republicans have been taken over by the Tea Party and their new plan aims for the same kind of endless gridlock we see in the U.S. Congress.” […]

Shutdown Rally on July 1 CANCELLED

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UPDATE (June 30, 2015) — With the passage of a budget agreement that avoids a shutdown and fully funds state employee contracts, the Stop the Shutdown rally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 has been CANCELLED. OLYMPIA (June 25, 2015) — With the Legislature’s failure to reach a budget agreement after two overtime legislative sessions, Washington […]

‘Stop the shutdown!’ Unity Rallies planned across state June 18

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Surpassing the coordinated “Unity Breaks” held around the state in May, thousands of state employees will escalate their efforts Thursday, June 18 with more than 90 “Unity Rallies” held around the state in a huge effort to stop the state shutdown on July 1. The “Unity Rallies” come as the stalemate in Olympia continues with […]

State Corrections employees picket for contract funding

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The following is from Teamsters Local 117: Teamster corrections employees will raise informational pickets at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe and the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Thursday, June 11 from 12 to 4 p.m. to demand that the Legislature pass a budget that funds their contract and avoids a government shutdown. […]

Amid budget slog, advocates for children, parks rally

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OLYMPIA (June 10, 2015) — With news reports of the setback in negotiations for a budget agreement, advocates for children and state parks plan to escalate actions to protest the Senate Republicans’ underfunding of those programs. Coordinated by the 40,000-member Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME, the advocates will stage four noontime “Vigils to Protect Kids,” […]

ENOUGH! Avoid the shutdown, pass House budget, go home

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OLYMPIA (June 4, 2015) — In stark contrast to the Senate Republicans, whose budget has been dubbed “smoke and mirrors,” House Democratic leaders released a new budget plan this week that demonstrates true compromise and avoids a state government shutdown that looms on July 2, layoffs or holding state employee contracts hostage in pursuit of […]

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