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Right-wing Freedom Foundation swept, but still suing away

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Oct. 17, 2014) — The Freedom Foundation has now gone 0-for-4 — a sweep in baseball playoff parlance — in its campaign to politicize city governments’ collective bargaining negotiations and to weaken unions. But the litigious right-wing think tank has only just begun its legal assault on the targeted cities, […]

Gov. Inslee candid about state’s challenges at MLKCLC meeting

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Oct. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about the challenges facing Washington state at Wednesday night’s delegate meeting of the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and then took questions in what became a frank exchange about everything from the latest Boeing tax break, to education and transportation […]

State ranks 23rd, gets ‘C+’ on Women’s Health Report Card

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SEATTLE (Oct. 15, 2014) — Washington is ranked 23rd in the country and received a final grade of “C+” in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released Tuesday by Washington CAN! and NARAL Pro-choice Washington. The report card provides an important measure of the state’s record on women’s health as politicians court women voters ahead […]

Many say minimum wage workers need $15, not just 15¢

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OLYMPIA (Oct. 1, 2014) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced Tuesday that the state minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.47 an hour in 2015. That wage is adjusted for inflation every year as a result of Initiative 688, filed in 1988 by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) and […]

L&I staffer helps collect more than $2 million in unpaid wages

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VANCOUVER (Sept. 25, 2014) — A Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) employee has reached a major milestone, recently surpassing more than $2 million in collections for workers who filed wage complaints against employers. David Speer, who is with the agency’s Employment Standards Program in Vancouver, has been on the job for eight years. In […]

State hospital nurses picket for safe staffing

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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 […]

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