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Tag Archives: Fair Wages & Benefits

2014 should be the year of the worker

Excerpt: We’ve been in the post-reces­sion recov­ery peri­od for five years. It is time to shape what the next-gen­er­a­tion work place needs to look like. The year of the work­er needs to build on our new-found con­fi­dence that we can cre­ate a more fair econ­o­my, not just set­tle for what the econ­o­my used to be or […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Machinists reject Boeing’s unreasonable offer on 777X work by a two-to-one margin

Excerpt: The thir­ty thou­sand plus mem­bers of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Machin­ists and Aero­space Work­ers Dis­trict 751 have over­whelm­ing­ly vot­ed to reject an offer from the Boe­ing Com­pa­ny that would have replaced their exist­ing labor agree­ment with a new long-term con­tract, the union’s lead­er­ship announced ear­li­er tonight. At a press con­fer­ence in Seat­tle, IAMAW 751 Pres­i­dent […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Know where to shop for groceries in the event that UFCW members go on strike

Excerpt: As of this morn­ing, we are twelve hours away from a pos­si­ble strike against Fred Mey­er, Safe­way, Albert­son’s, and QFC by our broth­ers and sis­ters in the Unit­ed Food & Com­mer­cial Work­ers, Local 21. The hard­work­ing mem­bers of Local 21 are try­ing to nego­ti­ate a new con­tract with the big chains, but so far, they […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Analysis: New Republican-backed bills would cut injured workers’ benefits

Excerpt: Last week all pre­tense of bipar­ti­san­ship in State Sen­a­tor Rod­ney Tom’s new coali­tion was aban­doned with its intro­duc­tion of five anti-labor bills pur­pose­ly intend­ed to weak­en work­er’s com­pen­sa­tion. The new cau­cus formed by Sen­a­tors Tom and Shel­don and the Repub­li­cans is try­ing to rush these bills through to pas­sage. A floor vote is expect­ed in […]
Written by:Linda Seltzer
Categories:Breaking News, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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Waste Management reaches agreement with Teamsters; truck drivers returning to work

Excerpt: A days-long, region­wide strike against Waste Man­age­ment by its recy­cling and garbage truck dri­vers will like­ly be over as of tomor­row, thanks to suc­cess­ful nego­ti­a­tions that result­ed in a new mul­ti-year con­tract, the com­pa­ny and Team­sters Local 117 announced this evening. The strike began last week when recy­cling truck dri­vers began pick­et­ing Waste Man­age­ment after […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Boeing, Machinists reach agreement to build next generation 737 in Renton

Excerpt: The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny announced this morn­ing that it has ten­ta­tive­ly reached a labor agree­ment with the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Machin­ists (IAM) that will ensure the next gen­er­a­tion of its 737 nar­row-body jet (known as the MAX) will be built in Ren­ton, Wash­ing­ton, where pro­duc­tion of the cur­rent 737 is based. “The 737 MAX builds upon the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s minimum wage to rise to $9.04 an hour beginning in January

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton State’s min­i­mum wage will rise thir­ty-sev­en cents an hour to $9.04 begin­ning in Jan­u­ary, the Depart­ment of Labor & Indus­tries announced today. Ini­tia­tive 688, which vot­ers over­whelm­ing­ly passed in 1998, requires the Depart­ment of Labor & Indus­tries to adjust the min­i­mum wage annu­al­ly to account for infla­tion. (I‑688, which NPI’s Steve Zemke was involved […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Don’t forget to celebrate LABOR Day!

Excerpt: It’s been accept­ed as gospel that the great­est eco­nom­ic engine in Amer­i­ca is small busi­ness – a myth start­ed more than a gen­er­a­tion ago by groups such as the US Cham­ber of Com­merce and prop­a­gat­ed by politi­cians who want to cul­ti­vate a ‘pro-busi­ness’ reputation. In fact, the great­est force in the Amer­i­can econ­o­my for much […]
Written by:Steve
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Right wing economic liberty myths simply don’t square with reality

Excerpt: Part of our work here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute is to pro­vide you, our read­ers, and fel­low pro­gres­sive activists with infor­ma­tion that can be used to counter the talk­ing points lies, half-truths, and decep­tion par­rot­ed by con­ser­v­a­tive talk radio hosts, talk­ing heads and polit­i­cal oper­a­tives. Here are two cas­es where the truth is entire­ly […]
Written by:Ken
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Tim Eyman gloms onto another anti-red light camera measure — this time in Redmond

Excerpt: I’ve lost track of the num­ber of times I’ve been asked (usu­al­ly in con­ver­sa­tion) what moti­vat­ed me to cre­ate Per­ma­nent Defense more than nine years ago. Reg­u­lar read­ers are undoubt­ed­ly famil­iar with the sto­ry of PD’s found­ing, because I’ve told it or referred to it many times over the years. The cat­a­lyst, of course, was Tim […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Public Planning
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