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Trump-timatum, partisan budget, Gorsuch filibuster, vacation…

9 hours 42 minutes ago
Dearest Readers: The Entire Staff of The Stand is on vacation next week, so your next update will be on Monday, April 3. — Sincerely, TESOTS   Friday, March 24, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► In today’s Washington Post — Trump’s high-risk gamble with House GOP: Pass bill today or keep Obamacare — Top House […]
David Groves

Why this refinery worker backs Clean Energy Transition Act

10 hours 39 minutes ago
By STEVE GAREY The following testimony was delivered at the March 14 public hearing on HB 1646, the Clean Energy Transition Act., before the House Committee on Environment. My name is Steve Garey. I am a retired refinery worker. For 24 years, I worked as a machinist for both Shell and Tesoro in the refineries […]
David Groves

The House Republican Health Care Plan—a Betrayal of Working People that Keeps Getting Worse

1 day 8 hours ago

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted the Republican health care plan on which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced plans for the House of Representatives to vote later today, stating in a letter:

This legislation is a betrayal of working people who will pay the price for it through medical care they can no longer afford, greater financial insecurity, fewer jobs and lives that end too soon. Though it masquerades as health policy, this legislation is really a massive redistribution of wealth away from working families to give even more to the wealthy few.

Monika Greenhow

Jaime says NO, treason update, Cantwell on trade…

1 day 9 hours ago
Thursday, March 23, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► BREAKING — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to vote NO on Trumpcare — “The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed… Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely.   […]
David Groves

Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong is this Saturday night

1 day 12 hours ago
The following is from the Seattle Labor Chorus: SEATTLE — Amid cold winds weather-wise and politics-wise, you can cheer yourself up by attending the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong — Saturday evening, March 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. You can look forward to the usual spirited community singing with words provided, a silent auction, […]
David Groves

Early I-1433 results are in, raising minimum wage boosts jobs

1 day 12 hours ago
By JOHN BURBANK (March 23, 2017) — Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, […]
David Groves

Bad budget, Boeing layoffs are all local, dumber by watching…

2 days 9 hours ago
Wednesday, March 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s News Tribune — GOP budget would reject state worker raises to help pay for schools — To help find more money for schools, the Republican plan would reject nearly all of the collective bargaining agreements Gov. Jay Inslee’s office reached with 38 employee unions. […]
David Groves

Lacking votes, House GOP pulls Trumpcare

2 days 11 hours ago
Public outcry, plummeting polls doomed Republican repeal of ACA   UPDATE (2 p.m. March 24, 2017) — In a dramatic conclusion to the Republican effort to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders this afternoon pulled their “Trumpcare” bill because they lacked the votes to pass it […]
David Groves

Investors with $3 Trillion in Assets Call for CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure

2 days 12 hours ago

Today, more than 100 institutional investors with a combined $3 trillion in assets under management sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in support of a CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure. The signatories of the investor statement on pay ratio disclosure include a variety of pension plans, asset managers, foundations, faith-based funds and state treasurers.

Monika Greenhow

Senate Republican budget plan short-changes state employees

3 days 4 hours ago
GOP ignores state collective bargaining laws, slashes negotiated raises   OLYMPIA (March 21, 2017) — The long-awaited Senate Republican budget proposal was released today, and just as it did two years ago, it short-changes state employees and ignores the state’s collective bargaining laws. Rather than a straight up-or-down vote on the negotiated and ratified state […]
David Groves

Boeing sheds more jobs, Donald Grump, no sympathy…

3 days 9 hours ago
Tuesday, March 21, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing plans to lay off 170 workers in region; offers buyouts — Boeing announced more layoffs and a new round of buyouts late last week for workers around Puget Sound. The company continues to trim its workforce [in Washington] as it cuts […]
David Groves

Workforce development labor reps to convene on May 12

3 days 11 hours ago
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is co-hosting a convening of labor representatives serving on workforce boards throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It will be Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. 6th St. An optional Networking Reception will be from 6 to 8 […]
David Groves

‘Deeply troubled’ by Judge Gorsuch’s record

3 days 11 hours ago
AFL-CIO: Supreme Court nominee sides with corporations over people   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2017) — Senate confirmation hearings began Monday for Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch. If confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, Gorsuch will play a critical role in shaping and […]
David Groves

Getting Kids to Be Activists Through a Graphic Novel

4 days 6 hours ago

One of the lessons of history is that it must be retaught so our children won’t repeat it. When I left Union Plus last year, I decided to enter into an “encore” career and published a graphic novel to teach kids about labor history. But most importantly, how to become an activist when you’re a teenager. That was just the beginning—AFT got involved and decided that we needed to go big on this. Through #ShareMyLesson, we wrote a lesson plan that guides kids through worker history but also gets them engaged in issues during this very important political time.

Monika Greenhow

Market wages, federal layoffs, our white socialism…

4 days 9 hours ago
Monday, March 20, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises — If approved by the Legislature, most of the state’s 95,000 workers would get a 6 percent raise through the 2019 budget year. But nearly one in five workers — […]
David Groves

Rally against WPAS union-busting Wednesday in Seattle

4 days 11 hours ago
SEATTLE — About 100 employees at Washington Pension Administration Service (WPAS) — members of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 who administer health, retirement and other benefits for many unions in the Puget Sound region — have been fighting for a fair contract for more than seven months. They’ve worn buttons, signed petitions, and […]
David Groves

Trump’s budget endangers workers, public

4 days 11 hours ago
Nixing Chemical Safety Board shows willingness to put us all at risk   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2017) — After the president issued a budget last week slashing and burning environmental, labor and educational programs, the guy responsible for the thing, Mick Mulvaney, contended those financial massacres are the heart’s desire […]
David Groves

Cutting jobs and meals, Oregon leads, nothing really matters…

1 week ago
Friday, March 17, 2017   TRUMP’S BUDGET   ► From AFL-CIO Now — AFL-CIO analysis of President Trump’s FY 2018 budget — “The $54 billion cut to programs that benefit working families is dangerous and destructive,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Huge cuts to the departments of Labor, Education and Transportation will make workplaces less […]
David Groves

Trump’s Labor Dept. cuts target poor, elderly, laid-off workers

1 week ago
By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2017) — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal proposes to slash domestic programs and federal services for poor, elderly, and laid-off Americans to help pay for increased military spending and the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Among the agencies targeted for […]
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