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Contract wins, Boeing gambles pensions, killing health care

2 days 8 hours ago
Tuesday, September 19, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — PeaceHealth union ratifies first contract — A 900-member group of recently unionized service and laboratory workers at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center voted Thursday to ratify their first contract. The group voted in December to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers, which now […]
David Groves

DREAM nurse speaks out to save DACA

2 days 11 hours ago
‘My patients do not care where I’m from when I’m taking care of them.’   By RUTH SCHUBERT Washington State Nurses Association WENATCHEE (Sept. 19, 2017) — Jessica Esparza says she’s here to stay. She wants to keep working as a registered nurse on the medical oncology unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She […]
David Groves

Still targeting health care, Durkan boosted, democracy vs. the right

3 days 8 hours ago
Monday, September 18, 2017   HEALTH CARE   ► From Politico — Senate GOP tries one last time to repeal Obamacare — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his leadership team are seriously considering voting on a bill that would scale back the federal government’s role in the health care system and instead provide […]
David Groves

Call Congress to stop latest health care attack

3 days 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2017) — They’re ba-ack. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are making a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the Sept. 30 deadline to do so through a simple majority party-line vote. The Graham-Cassidy bill is being marketed as a “moderate” approach, but it is just as cruel as […]
David Groves

Everyday heroes, DACA deal or no deal, Supertool, Wayne’s Rhapsody

6 days 8 hours ago
Friday, September 15, 2017   LOCAL   ► From KXLY — Freeman High School janitor hailed as hero for stopping shooter — Ordinary people faced extraordinary circumstances in the Freeman High School shooting. That’s why the school’s janitor is being called a hero, thanks to his quick action to restrain the student gunman. Sam Strahan, […]
David Groves

Murray’s new child care bill: ‘Right thing, smart investment’

6 days 11 hours ago
The following is from the Office of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, on Thursday introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working […]
Amy Woodward

DACA deal near, Baumloney, how baristas may dress

1 week ago
Thursday, September 14, 2017   DEFENDING THE DREAM   ► In today’s NY Times — Trump confirms support for law that protests Dreamers — President Trump said on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with […]
David Groves

OWLS invites all to join Sept. 29 picket of Freedom Foundation

1 week ago
The following is from Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity: BELLEVUE — Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) is organizing a picket of the Freedom Foundation’s annual fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the Bellevue Westin, NE 6th Street and Bellevue Way NE. Endorsing organizations include the ML King […]
David Groves

Volunteer to help Manka Dhingra break the gridlock in Olympia

1 week ago
Union member volunteers are needed in critical State Senate race   KIRKLAND (Sept. 14, 2017) — A critical election this fall for state senator in the 45th Legislative District — which includes Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall and surrounding King County communities — could break the gridlock in Olympia that has stymied progress on funding public education, […]
David Groves

WPAS solidarity rally tomorrow, Medicare for all, pleasing Bezos

1 week 1 day ago
Wednesday, September 13, 2017   LOCAL   ► From OPEIU 8 — Union Solidarity Rally to support striking Welfare & Pension workers — OPEIU Local 8 members who administer health and pension benefits for unions across the Pacific Northwest have been on strike at Welfare and Pension Administration Services for more than three weeks. Show […]
David Groves

Tell Congress: NO on Trump’s corporate tax giveaway

1 week 1 day ago
By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) — After failing in their campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health care coverage for 23 million Americans — including 388,000 here in Washington state — President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are desperate for a legislative victory. Now they […]
David Groves

WPAS strike continues, DACA defended, teacher pay lags

1 week 2 days ago
Tuesday, September 12, 2017   LOCAL   ► Three weeks into the strike at Welfare and Pension Administration Services (WPAS) in Mercer Island, the picket lines are holding strong and labor/community support has been steady. Call Welfare & Pension Inc. owners and tell them to settle a fair contract NOW: 1-800-732-1121 or 206-441-7574; Richard Kafer […]
David Groves

Cowlitz commissioner cancels Freedom Foundation ‘hearing’

1 week 2 days ago
After unions insisted on equal time, the public meeting was cancelled   KELSO (Sept. 12, 2017) –A conservative Cowlitz County commissioner has backed down and cancelled his proposed “hearing” where he had invited the anti-union Freedom Foundation to make a presentation about changing the county’s collective bargaining process. After union members and community supporters insisted […]
David Groves

Momentum builds for climate change effort

1 week 2 days ago
Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy: More volunteers and events, new website   (Sept. 12, 2017) — The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy has recruited hundreds of Climate Action Stewards throughout the state to participate in its campaign and just launched a new website describing what’s happening and how to get involved. The Alliance […]
David Groves

Still responding, prosperity bomb, charter failure

1 week 3 days ago
Monday, September 11, 2017   ► Sixteen years ago this morning, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States. Many of those killed were public employees, our nation’s first responders. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United […]
David Groves

Aviation safety must remain a public service

1 week 3 days ago
Air-traffic privatization push hits turbulence in Congress—with good reason   By MONIKA WARNER (Sept. 11, 2017) — Message to the airlines: you can’t have it all. Control of the skies and aviation safety is a public service. Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, its equipment, and the jobs of more than 30,000 workers […]
David Groves

Sept. 19 forum on NAFTA with Rep. Smith has been postponed

1 week 3 days ago
UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2017) — From the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: “We regret to inform you that we will be postponing our hearing with Representative Smith on immigration, workers, and NAFTA, due to scheduling and logistical problems. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to pull together all the pieces to take advantage of this […]
David Groves

Hospital health, knowing a damn thing, bigot bros, Becker’s Blues

1 week 6 days ago
Friday, September 8, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Virginia Mason Memorial hospital workers protest new health care plan — “Affordable care is under attack! What do we do?” “Stand up, fight back!” More than 60 employees and supporters joined a picket line outside Virginia Mason Memorial hospital Thursday afternoon, chanting […]
David Groves

Hertz, Thrifty to pay $2 million in back pay at SeaTac, L&I says

1 week 6 days ago
The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: TUMWATER (Sept. 8, 2017) — An agreement between the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), Hertz and Thrifty over back pay owed under SeaTac’s minimum wage law will mean checks for thousands of dollars for numerous workers at the car rental […]
David Groves

Local Republicans attack prevailing wage

1 week 6 days ago
Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers vote to repeal construction wage standards   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 8, 2017) — As the U.S. House of Representatives has been voting this week on appropriations bills to keep the federal government running, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been attempting to amend every piece of legislation to undo Davis-Bacon protections that […]
David Groves
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