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WSLC’s 2015 Legislative Report decries ‘shutdown politics’


OLYMPIA (Aug. 5, 2015) — “This is no way to run a state government.” That’s the assessment of Washington State Labor Council’s 2015 Legislative Report, which was released today, summarizing this year’s session(s) of the State Legislature. After three costly overtime sessions and 26,000 pink-slip warnings sent to state workers, a budget deal was reached […]

Big business targets Rep. Gregory with dishonest political attacks


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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,” […]


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