Tuesday, August 18, 2015
► From PubliCola — Hopefuls line up for 36th District seat — State Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36th) announced that he’ll seek the appointment to the State Senate if his district colleague Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles wins her election campaign to replace retiring King County Council member Larry Phillips. Six people have said they will seek the appointment to fill Carlyle’s seat: John Burbank, Noel Frame, Jeff Manson, Rene Murry, Sarah Reyneveld, and Randy Gordon.
► From AP — Tourists flee Washington town as wildfire threatens homes — Several large fires burning near the town of Chelan have scorched more than 155 square miles and destroyed an estimated 75 homes and businesses, officials said. Scores of homes remain threatened, and mandatory evacuation orders remained in effect for more than 2,900 people in the area.
► In the Skagit valley Herald — Sakuma workers leave fields again — About 100 farmworkers left Sakuma Bros. Farms before starting work Monday morning over a dispute regarding pick rates.
ALSO TODAY at The Stand — Sakuma farm workers walk off job (again), urge negotiations
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► In The Stranger — Seattle City Council candidates boycott debate at the Hyatt over ongoing labor dispute — At least two council candidates — Tim Burgess and Jon Grant — are saying they won’t participate in a city council candidate forum set for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Hyatt at Olive 8 to be hosted by the Rotary Club of Seattle #4 unless organizers finds a different, more labor-friendly venue.
ALSO at The Stand — Public officials urged to honor boycott of Hyatt hotels in Seattle
► In the P.S. Business Journal — Big contract could be coming to Renton: Boeing a finalist for JSTARS military-commercial aircraft — Workers in Kent are starting work on a $10 million design contract set to be completed by next July that would spell out how Boeing would convert the 737-based Boeing Business Jets into technology-packed Air Force surveillance aircraft. Winning the final contract would add more work to Boeing’s Renton factory.
► In today’s Seattle Times — Reactions mixed to NYT story about Amazon’s work conditions — Perhaps the hordes of blue-badged Amazon workers zipping around South Lake Union at lunch time are indeed “Amabots” looking for a recharge needed to continue their all-consuming toil.
► In today’s NY Times — Work policies may be kinder, but brutal competition isn’t — However much the most sought-after employers in the country may be changing their official work policies, brutal competition remains an inescapable component of workers’ daily lives. In some ways it’s getting worse.
► In today’s Washington Post — Trump driving immigration debate among GOP field — Drastic ideas once at the fringe gain traction, which could mean an even bigger headache for Republican leaders desperate to attract more Latino voters.
► In today’s NY Times — Scott Walker is heckled in Iowa State Fair appearance — Speaking on the Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, a perch that has drawn candidates of both parties since the fair opened last week, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was the first to face a significant chorus of opposition.
► In today’s NY Times — Union ruling underlines NCAA’s evolution — In effect, the college sports establishment has so far been able to head off fundamental alterations to its model in part by allowing incremental changes.
ALSO at The Stand — Celebrate, rededicate on Labor Day, Sept. 7 — See the list of events hosted by Central Labor Councils around Washington state.
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