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State hospital nurses picket for safe staffing


The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: (Sept. 19, 2014) — Citing concerns over safety for both patients and staff, nurses at Western State Hospital held an informational picket and Eastern State nurses marched on DSHS on Wednesday to call on Gov. Jay Inslee and CEOs Ron Adler and Dorothy Sawyer to address safety and […]

WFSE tentative deal: First COLAs in 8 years


The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: (Sept. 18, 2014) — The General Government Bargaining Team for the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28 at 1:23 a.m. this morning reached tentative agreement with the state on a new two-year contract with the first cost-of-living pay raises in eight years — at least […]

More free lunches for Ericksen, now from his campaign donors


The following is from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 11, 2014) — State Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) has once again been eating free meals. This time he has been billing these expenses to his campaign account, a fund predominantly supported by corporate donors.  Between February and July, Ericksen ate out and […]

Cities reject extremist group’s push for ‘right-to-work’


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Sept. 9, 2014) — A right-wing group’s attempt to impose anti-union “right-to-work” collective bargaining restrictions on city governments in Washington state suffered a major setback Monday as its propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in both Sequim and Shelton. Dozens of angry citizens crowded into the cities’ council meetings […]

Washington’s health exchange offers special enrollment period


The following is from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: OLYMPIA (Aug. 26, 2014) — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period — effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, or who have had billing or payment issues. The special […]

Moral Week of Action in Olympia is Aug. 22-28


OLYMPIA (Aug. 21, 2014) — The Puget Sound and Pierce County Chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will be sponsoring a week of rallies beginning Friday, Aug. 22 in Olympia as part of a nationwide “Moral Week of Action” to call attention to state policies that are violating moral standards and civil […]

Right-wing group wants open contract talks, Ted Nugent


By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 6, 2014) — The right-wing extremist Freedom Foundation is urging its supporters today to protest contract negotiations between the Governor’s Office and state employees’ unions because they want those talks to be open to the public. (Aug. 7 update: see coverage of the FF’s big rally.) Earlier this […]

Study of legislators’ assets finds ‘Millionaire Coalition Caucus’


OLYMPIA (July 2, 2014) — A detailed new analysis of public records shows that at least half of the Washington State Senate Republicans’ Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) members have a net worth of $1 million or more. “Despite having benefited the most from our roads, schools, and infrastructure, these 13 members of the of the […]

Community to corporate leaders: Pay fair share for education


The following is from Stand Up 4 Education: SEATTLE (June 20, 2014) — Following on the heels of a state budget forecast that reflects insufficient funds for maintaining existing public services and fulfilling a constitutional obligation to fund public schools, a coalition of community members is going straight to the Washington Roundtable — one of […]

Washington is ranked as the best state to work

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (June 13, 2014) — Every year, corporate lobbying groups inundate Washington’s elected officials with state-by-state rankings in an effort to convince them to change policies. These rankings tend to be about business competitiveness — how the state compares to others on everything from workers’ compensation premiums, to unemployment insurance costs, […]


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