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GOP kills infrastructure jobs, Trump revives Trumpcare, NAFTA 2

21 hours 35 minutes ago
Thursday, July 20, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Olympian — No fix for water rights ruling — and no construction budget — expected before lawmakers adjourn — Washington state lawmakers appeared as if they would adjourn for the year Thursday without resolving a dispute over water rights, as well as without passing […]
David Groves

Convention shifts focus to racism, organizing

23 hours 18 minutes ago
Delegates urged to change how unions do business to survive, thrive in Trump era   VANCOUVER, Wash. (July 20, 2017) — If Tuesday’s session of the 2017 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO was a time for inspiration and even celebration, Wednesday’s plenary session was a time for introspection. What are unions doing […]
David Groves

Wife sworn in, let it fail/let ’em die, stable schedules

1 day 23 hours ago
Wednesday, July 19, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Columbian — Ferguson champions consumer protection — Two separate conventions packed the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Tuesday and drew the attention of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee. On the docket: consumer protection and labor unions… The Washington State Labor Council, a […]
David Groves

WSLC Convention: Resist. Persist. Repeat.

2 days ago
Shuler: ‘Resistance is working. But persistence will get us where we need to be’   VANCOUVER (July 19, 2017) — The first Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO convention of the Trump presidency had all the makings of a somber affair. It occurs amid threats to take away health coverage for millions, the specter of national […]
David Groves

WSLC 2017 Convention begins today in Vancouver

3 days 1 hour ago
VANCOUVER, Wash. (June 18, 2017) — AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, this morning at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Hundreds of delegates representing unions across the state will also hear from Governor Jay Inslee, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, among others, […]
David Groves

Social Security works for America: Don’t cut it, expand it

3 days 1 hour ago
New Trustees’ report underscores that its future is bright, with adjustments The following is from the Economic Opportunity Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2017) — Last week, the Social Security Trustees published their 269-page annual report on the health of the Social Security Trust Funds, which hold the assets that will help fund future retirement […]
David Groves

Jobs still held hostage, Trumpcare lacks votes, NAFTA 2

3 days 1 hour ago
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Washington lawmakers face deadline in stalemate over rural water-use — A handful of Washington lawmakers hope to reach a last-minute deal to end the lingering — and consequential — stalemate over rural water-use and a capital-construction budget. Washington residents everywhere could miss […]
David Groves

Next update: Tuesday, July 18

4 days 14 hours ago
The Entire Staff if The Stand is moving the entire office of The Stand to Vancouver, Wash., on Monday for the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Convention. Therefore we will not be posting the Daily News. The convention convenes — and our regular postings, including convention coverage, begin — on Tuesday morning. Until then…
David Groves

Persak for Port, scary new Trumpcare, Diaper Don’s destination

6 days 22 hours ago
Friday, July 14, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — The Times recommends: John Persak for Port of Seattle Commission, Position 4 (editorial endorsement) — In a field of accomplished candidates, Persak stands out as the candidate with the most experience and commitment to supporting and expanding the port. A longshoreman, Persak […]
David Groves

The Stranger wrong to dismiss Persak for labor leadership

6 days 23 hours ago
SEATTLE (July 14, 2017) — The following statement was released today by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper, just came out with its endorsements for political offices in King County and Seattle. As with all endorsing organizations, The Stranger’s “Election Control Board” has a set […]
David Groves

State (again) leads nation on family leave

1 week ago
By JOHN BURBANK (July 14, 2017) — Twenty-eight years ago, a freshman senator in the state Legislature, Patty Murray, dismissed as just a “mom in tennis shoes” but now Washington’s senior U.S. senator, shepherded the Family and Medical Leave Act through the Capitol, with the support and leadership of then-Speaker Joe King, Rep. Jay Inslee, […]
David Groves

St. Joe’s caregivers, supporters picket over wages, staffing

1 week ago
The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TACOMA (July 14, 2017) — CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center made $51 million in profit in 2016, yet is failing to invest in staffing, pay living wages, or offer real career advancement to its staff. That’s why more than 800 nursing assistants, dietary and housekeeping staff, and […]
David Groves

GOP politics > jobs, we’re #1, who should lead labor

1 week ago
Thursday, July 13, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Work on new Burke Museum may halt as state capital budget gets caught up in politics — Last year, legislators made a down payment on a new Burke Museum and promised to fund the rest in 2017. But now the capital […]
David Groves

Contact the FCC today to keep the Internet open to all

1 week ago
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2017) — Net neutrality. It’s the idea that the Internet should be open to everyone and that Internet Service Providers and telecom companies can’t block content or intentionally slow down load times for particular websites. This principle, which was initially approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010, is essentially that […]
David Groves

Release the hostages, Cruz vs. 1.5M Americans, it’s a Category 5

1 week 1 day ago
Wednesday, July 12, 2017   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the (Everett) Herald — Cut capital budget’s tie to water rights dispute (editorial) — The state’s $4 billion capital budget, which provides the funding for construction of public schools, colleges, universities, community and youth facilities, parks, environmental projects and more, is being held up by […]
David Groves

Join campaign for ‘just transition’ to clean-energy economy

1 week 2 days ago
Alliance events set for Thursday in Everett, Olympia; on July 27 in Seattle   The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is the coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 170 organizations in Washington state dedicated to addressing the climate crisis, strengthening our economy by creating family-wage jobs, and reducing racial inequality. The Alliance — […]
David Groves

Seattle taxes the rich, Diaper Don loves it, colleges are bad

1 week 2 days ago
Tuesday, July 11, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Seattle City Council approves income tax on the rich, but quick legal challenge likely — The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. A legal challenge […]
David Groves

Amid threats against immigrants, please support Casa Latina

1 week 3 days ago
SEATTLE (July 11, 2017) — Casa Latina is a nonprofit organization that empowers Latino immigrants through educational and economic opportunities, including day labor employment, English language classes, workplace safety and job skills training, leadership development, and community organizing around issues of public policy that affect immigrant workers. A recent study found that Casa Latina, and […]
David Groves

Jobs held hostage, America hates Trumpcare, pope ♥s unions

1 week 3 days ago
Monday, July 10, 2017     THIS WASHINGTON   ► In the Seattle Times — Gov. Inslee vetoes tax cut for manufacturers passed ‘in the dead of night’ — Drawing angry backlash from Republicans, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed a big tax break for Washington manufacturers, saying it was passed in “an unaccountable manner […]
David Groves

Gov. Inslee was right to veto ‘irresponsible’ business tax cut

1 week 4 days ago
(July 10, 2017) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement Friday afternoon in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s veto of the section of SB 5977 that would have granted all manufacturing companies in the state a 40 percent Business & Occupation tax cut: On behalf of the […]
David Groves
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