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Boeing reboots ● Privatizing our postal service ● Bosses get paid

Monday, December 30, 2019   The Entire Staff of The Stand has been gone for a couple weeks and missed some news. (Apparently, Muilenburg is out and Marshawn is in.) Today and tomorrow we’ll attempt to catch you (and ourselves) up on what we have missed as 2019 winds to a close.   HAPPY NEW […]

New year brings paid family leave, minimum wage increase

OLYMPIA (Dec. 30, 2019) — When the new year — and decade — begins this Wednesday, don’t forget to celebrate the improvements in workplace standards and benefits that will arrive for Washington workers in 2020. All of these were the result of legislation, voter initiatives and policy changes supported by the Washington State Labor Council, […]

Reflecting on our work in 2019 as we look toward 2020

By APRIL SIMS (Dec. 20, 2019) — By necessity, 2020 is a year of action. Working people across this country are under attack, and we’re energized to fight back. As a movement, we have the skills to capitalize on the enthusiasm and momentum of people all over Washington, and there’s infinite possibility for building power […]

Urge State Legislature to protect public employees’ personal data

By MIKE YESTRAMSKI President, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 OLYMPIA (Dec. 18, 2019) — According to a narrow (5-4) Washington Supreme Court ruling, state employees’ birth dates are currently subject to public disclosure. Anyone can request a public employee’s date of birth as a matter of public record — a significant breach of personal privacy and safety. […]

Providence still facing strikes ● Pelosi PROcrastinates ● Amazon maims

Monday, December 2, 2019   LOCAL   ► In the Spokesman-Review — Sacred Heart nurses prepare for strike as Tri-Cities nurses reach tentative agreement — A group of unionized nurses in the Tri-Cities reached a tentative contract agreement with Providence officials Monday night, but their counterparts at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center are continuing to […]

Help academic student employees fight back!

Submit comments opposing Trump NLRB’s proposal to take away their bargaining rights   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2019) — The Trump-appointed majority on the National Labor Relations Board has been pursuing an ambitious anti-labor agenda. It includes new regulations to weaken joint employer liability so companies aren’t responsible for their franchisers’ labor violations, restricting workers’ […]

Kadlec nurses win major victory with tentative agreement

Nurses maintain paid time off benefits, win enhanced staffing and workplace violence language   The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: RICHLAND (Nov. 27, 2019) — In a major victory for Kadlec nurses, the Washington State Nurses Association and Providence Kadlec Regional Medical Center reached a tentative contract agreement Monday night. In the […]

Teachers in Raymond OK strike if deal not reached by Dec. 2

UPDATE (Dec. 2, 2019) — The Willapa Valley Education Association thanks all who attended the Nov. 25 school board meeting to urge a fair contract for educators in that district. Unfortunately, school administrators still have refused to budge after another day of bargaining on Nov. 26. So that evening the union took a strike authorization […]

Revenue uptick ● Immigrant worker POWER ● ‘It was no secret’

Thursday, November 21, 2019   The Entire Staff of The Stand is going on vacation. Our next Daily News posting will actually be several days from now — on Monday, Dec. 2. That said, we may post an occasional “emergency” story elsewhere at The Stand from an undisclosed location. Until then…   THIS WASHINGTON   […]

Rachel McAloon joins WSLC as Workforce Development Director

OLYMPIA (Nov. 21, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has welcomed Rachel McAloon to its staff as Workforce Development Director. She joins the WSLC workforce development team of Kairie Pierce, Bill Messenger, Emmanuel Flores and Karen White, who advocate for Washington’s working families from initial entry into the workforce, to career transitions, and […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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