Respect our teachers! ● Calls for Shea to resign ● Nonprofits need unions

Tuesday, August 20, 2019   RESPECT OUR TEACHERS!   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Kennewick teachers vow strike if no agreement by Aug. 26 — Kennewick teachers voted Monday to go on strike on Aug. 27, the scheduled first day of school, if no tentative agreement is reached by Aug. 26. “We are frustrated … Read moreRespect our teachers! ● Calls for Shea to resign ● Nonprofits need unions

Fired SC Boeing Machinists win legal battle

The following is from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 20, 2019) — Five instances of company discipline and unjust terminations of IAM members at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C. have been found to be acts of unlawful retaliation against employees for their support of … Read moreFired SC Boeing Machinists win legal battle

Charity golf tournament Sept. 7 at Spokane’s Downriver course

SPOKANE — Teamsters Local 690, UFCW Local 1439 and Sunrise for Children invite all to participate in the Teamsters/UFCW/Sunrise Dental Charity Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Spokane’s Downriver Golf Course, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. This fun event will be packed with contests, prizes, beverages, lunch and golf under … Read moreCharity golf tournament Sept. 7 at Spokane’s Downriver course

Join ‘People Over Pharma Profits’ rally Tuesday at noon in Seattle

The following is from Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action: SEATTLE — Organizations, healthcare and consumer advocates, and patients are coming together Tuesday as part of a national day of action to demand that lawmakers take serious action to lower drug prices so that people everywhere can get the affordable medicines they need. All are … Read moreJoin ‘People Over Pharma Profits’ rally Tuesday at noon in Seattle

Trolls vs. AFSCME ● NABTU vs. Trump ● Billionaires vs. taxes

Monday, August 19, 2019   DOWN SOUTH   ► From the NW Labor Press — Troll on the Hill — Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) office support staffperson Jesse Miller thought something was odd about the online trolls who began attacking AFSCME Local 328. Suspicious accounts were being used to spread misinformation and bait … Read moreTrolls vs. AFSCME ● NABTU vs. Trump ● Billionaires vs. taxes

Save veteran construction training programs

The following is from the Union Veterans Council: (Aug. 19, 2019) — After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree or a future,” Attig said. That changed when he found a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the North … Read moreSave veteran construction training programs

No vote on NAFTA ’til it’s fixed: Tuesday is National Call-In Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 25 years of NAFTA empowering corporations to undermine basic labor standards, attack environmental laws, and outsource more than 1 million U.S. jobs, the revised NAFTA 2.0 deal that Donald Trump signed in late 2018 is not the transformational replacement we need. In fact, in addition to failing to include strong labor … Read moreNo vote on NAFTA ’til it’s fixed: Tuesday is National Call-In Day

WSLC seeks Legislative Director, Workforce Development Director

SEATTLE (Aug. 16, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which is the largest union federation and considered to be the voice of labor in the State of Washington, is hiring! The WSLC is seeking applicants for two positions: Workforce Development Director and Legislative & Policy Director. WSLC Workforce Development Director The WSLC operates … Read moreWSLC seeks Legislative Director, Workforce Development Director

‘Why do we have to choose?’ ● Stepford Amazonians ● Too Hot

Friday, August 16, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Columbian — Vancouver hearing explores overtime pay proposals — Vancouver workers, business owners, unions and business organization representatives gathered Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed set of changes to Washington’s rules governing salaried, overtime-exempt workers… Supporters pushed back on the business owners’ … Read more‘Why do we have to choose?’ ● Stepford Amazonians ● Too Hot

Feds v. Hanford workers (again) ● Crazy, racist and elitist ● How to fix the Big 3

Thursday, August 15, 2019   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Feds double down on ill Hanford workers’ court ruling. They will appeal. — The federal government is appealing a court ruling that upheld a new Washington state law that significantly eases requirements for ill Hanford workers to get state workers’ compensation. In June, … Read moreFeds v. Hanford workers (again) ● Crazy, racist and elitist ● How to fix the Big 3

Office space is available at Seattle’s historic Labor Temple

SEATTLE (Aug. 15, 2019) — The historic Seattle Labor Temple has office space available, offering an opportunity to gain office and meeting space in downtown Seattle at an affordable price. A number of office spaces are available, ranging from 197 to 1,800 square feet and are renting for $17.50 to $23.50 per square foot, a … Read moreOffice space is available at Seattle’s historic Labor Temple

CEO compensation’s grown 940% since 1978

But the typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that time   The following is from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2019) — CEO pay at the top 350 firms in 2018 was $17.2 million on average, according to new analysis by EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe. … Read moreCEO compensation’s grown 940% since 1978

Mad Matt’s biblical warfare ● Social Security tune-up ● $4 million/hour

Wednesday, August 14, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► Today from the Guardian — Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for ‘biblical warfare’ — Washington state Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in “biblical warfare” that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, … Read moreMad Matt’s biblical warfare ● Social Security tune-up ● $4 million/hour

Join pickets, rally at Swedish on Aug. 22

SEATTLE — Healthcare workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW at Swedish Medical Center and their community supporters are gearing up for an informational picket and rally for patient safety at Swedish First Hill Campus on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition, healthcare workers and their supporters will be conducting informational picketing … Read moreJoin pickets, rally at Swedish on Aug. 22

AFGE sues feds over banning talk of ‘resistance’ or impeachment

The following is from AFGE: COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Aug. 14, 2019) — The American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 sued the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday to protect the First Amendment rights of federal employees. The suit follows guidance issued by the OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any … Read moreAFGE sues feds over banning talk of ‘resistance’ or impeachment

Wash. v. U.S. (again) ● It’s gettin’ hot in here ● Laid off? Pee in this cup.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Spokesman-Review — State looking to fight new immigration rules — Washington officials vowed to fight a new federal rule that would disqualify immigrants who use certain public assistance from obtaining a green card or visa, saying it could affect an estimated 1 million people … Read moreWash. v. U.S. (again) ● It’s gettin’ hot in here ● Laid off? Pee in this cup.

Nothing new about today’s union busters

Like the Pinkertons, the so-called ‘Freedom Foundation’ are just the wealthy elite’s hired guns, aiming to keep the workers down.    By PETER STARZYNSKI (Aug. 13, 2019) — The business of union busting has a long, sordid history in the United States, its actors remembered as failed villains who schemed and broke the law to … Read moreNothing new about today’s union busters

Poor not welcome ● I-976 = congestion ● Incendiary words

Monday, August 12, 2019   IMMIGRATION   ► From Reuters — Trump administration moves to block immigrants who may need government aid — Trump’s administration unveiled a new rule on Monday that could deny visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. The rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide … Read morePoor not welcome ● I-976 = congestion ● Incendiary words

A win-win for labor, environment in Kalama

Proposed NWIW facility sets new standards for environmentally-responsible economic growth   By MIKE BRIDGES (Aug. 12, 2019) — The women and men of the Building Trades Unions are committed to growing our economy and providing work for our members in an environmentally-responsible way. We don’t believe that we have to choose between family-wage jobs and … Read moreA win-win for labor, environment in Kalama

Laborers’ training program celebrates first grads in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND (Aug. 12, 2019) — Laborers’ Local 348 and WorkSource hosted a graduation ceremony for the first DALEC class in the Tri-Cities last week. The Direct Access to Laborers Education and Careers (DALEC) program provides preparatory construction training to community members. Upon graduating, successful participants get direct entry into the Northwest Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program. DALEC’s … Read moreLaborers’ training program celebrates first grads in Tri-Cities

‘Papers don’t matter’ ● Scalia vs. workers ● Brandi’s supergroup

Friday, August 9, 2019   IMMIGRATION   ► In today’s NY Times — ICE raids in Mississippi leave fear and uncertainty in their wake — There were scores of cars and trucks at the trailer park near this small town’s chicken processing plant on Thursday afternoon, the day after federal immigration authorities swept across Mississippi … Read more‘Papers don’t matter’ ● Scalia vs. workers ● Brandi’s supergroup

Know your rights! Protect your workplace in case of ICE raids

The following is from the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network: (Aug. 9, 2019) — On Wednesday, the children and families of the 680 people that were taken by ICE in Mississippi went home to an empty house. For many undocumented immigrant workers, this is what they fear most. Similar operations have taken place right here in Washington … Read moreKnow your rights! Protect your workplace in case of ICE raids

Approve R-88 coalition backs Initiative 1000

Labor, business, community alliance vows to bring Washingtonians together in support of Ref. 88/I-1000,  fairness, inclusion   The following is from Approve R-88 — Opportunities For All: (Aug. 9, 2019) — With Wednesday’s announcement from the Secretary of State that Referendum 88 has been certified to appear on November’s general election ballot, Approve R-88 — … Read moreApprove R-88 coalition backs Initiative 1000

Approve Ref. 88 ● ICE raids ● Food supply threatened

Thursday, August 8, 2019   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — Prepare for debate over diversity, inclusion, privilege after Referendum 88 makes ballot — Washington state voters will head to the polls Nov. 5 to decide a referendum on a state law that allows the use of affirmative action policies in public … Read moreApprove Ref. 88 ● ICE raids ● Food supply threatened

Landslide Liz ● More subsidies for punished farmers ● Issues at Amazon

Wednesday, August 7, 2019   ELECTION   ► In today’s Seattle Times — State Sen. Liz Lovelett, Daniel Miller lead in 40th district Senate seat — Tuesday’s results put Lovelett comfortably ahead with nearly 48% of the vote and Republican Daniel Miller in second place with 30%. Democrats Carrie Blackwood had about 21% and Greta Aitken … Read moreLandslide Liz ● More subsidies for punished farmers ● Issues at Amazon

Job openings at WA State Labor Education and Research Center

The following is from the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center: SEATTLE (Aug. 7, 2019) — Thanks to strong support from our community, the Washington State Legislature has provided ongoing support through the coming biennium for an expanded Washington State Labor Education and Research Center. This funding will allow the Labor Center provide more … Read moreJob openings at WA State Labor Education and Research Center

Protect SSA workers to protect your benefits

Trump’s anti-worker executive orders are “a backdoor way to get rid of workers, and thus the services they provide to the American people.”   The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2019) — Eighty-four years ago, on Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law … Read moreProtect SSA workers to protect your benefits

VOTE! ● Art bosses vs. OT pay ● Tax cuts and terrorism

Tuesday, August 6, 2019   ELECTION   ► Here at The Stand — Union members: Fill out, return primary ballots—postage free! — The deadline to mail or drop off your primary election ballots is 8 p.m. TODAY (Tuesday, Aug. 6). Ballot return rates are low, so lets get those ballots in and support candidates who … Read moreVOTE! ● Art bosses vs. OT pay ● Tax cuts and terrorism

Murray meets with Snohomish, Island unionists on PRO Act

EVERETT (Aug. 6, 2019) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate’s labor committee, met with local union organizers and leaders on Monday for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, legislation Murray is sponsoring to strengthen … Read moreMurray meets with Snohomish, Island unionists on PRO Act

Domestic terrorism ● VOTE! ● Boeing SC complaints ● America is rigged

Monday, August 5, 2019   DOMESTIC TERRORISM   ► From the Texas AFL-CIO — Texas AFL-CIO on El Paso shootings, white supremacy — President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay: “The related scourges of bigotry, hatred and ultra-powerful guns in the wrong hands must be addressed. Our state and nation need solutions on mass gun … Read moreDomestic terrorism ● VOTE! ● Boeing SC complaints ● America is rigged

State’s unions recommit to combating racism

SEATAC (Aug. 5, 2019) — As the nation grapples with yet another act of domestic terrorism committed by a white nationalist, it’s worth noting that union delegates from across Washington state have identified institutional racism as a labor issue and recommitted to fighting it — both inside and outside the labor movement. At the 2019 … Read moreState’s unions recommit to combating racism

Rip, strip, flip for Vigor? ● Dems must ‘do better’ ● How to have a BBQ

Friday, August 2, 2019   LOCAL   ► From the NW Labor Press — Union employer Vigor Industrial sold to private equity firms — Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC has been sold to global investment firm The Carlyle Group and private equity firm Stellex Capital Management, the firms announced July 25. As part of the deal, … Read moreRip, strip, flip for Vigor? ● Dems must ‘do better’ ● How to have a BBQ

Super-majority of voters support state’s plan to restore overtime

SEATTLE (Aug. 2, 2019) — As public hearings are set to continue on the state Department of Labor and Industries’ proposal to restore overtime pay protections, newly-released polling shows that a super-majority of the state’s voters support the plan. According to the poll, conducted by Patinkin Research Strategies, 67 percent of likely 2020 voters support … Read moreSuper-majority of voters support state’s plan to restore overtime

Better jobs, better lives ● Crosscut: Union YES ● Laurie will lead

Thursday, August 1, 2019   LOCAL   At Fred Meyer in Renton, and we need a fair contract! #BetterJobsBetterLives pic.twitter.com/kixOE2yQyO — ufcw 21 (@UFCW21) July 31, 2019 ► In today’s News Tribune — Grocery workers picket over ‘low wages, unpredictable schedules.’ Negotiations ongoing — Contract talks between major grocery chains in the area and their … Read moreBetter jobs, better lives ● Crosscut: Union YES ● Laurie will lead

Social Security, Medicare birthday celebration Saturday in Seattle

SEATTLE — All are invited to celebrate the birthdays of Social Security and Medicare — and to call to expand Social Security and approve Medicare for All — on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 MLK Way S. in Seattle. Emcees Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-Seattle … Read moreSocial Security, Medicare birthday celebration Saturday in Seattle

Act to save state-registered apprenticeships

By KAIRIE PIERCE Special to The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2019) — Washington state has a robust registered apprenticeship system that trains individuals to become highly-skilled, highly-paid workers through a debt-free, technologically-advanced education in all types of industries and occupations. These earn-as-you-learn programs can pay family-sustaining wages and provide health care coverage and retirement … Read moreAct to save state-registered apprenticeships

Grocery workers’ info pickets today, Friday

The following is from UFCW 21: (July 31, 2019) — After four months of contract negotiations that cover nearly 30,000 grocery store workers at Kroger (Fred Meyer and QFC) and Albertsons/Safeway stores, Informational Pickets have been called for 32 locations this week. The purpose of Informational Picketing is to reach out to customers about the … Read moreGrocery workers’ info pickets today, Friday