AUGUST 10 ▪
transit measure needed to Keep Washington Rolling -- The
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is distributing information to its
affiliated unions with members in King, Pierce and Snohomish explaining how
all of us will benefit from the regional roads-and-transit proposition on
this November's ballot in those three counties.
for WSLC Communications Director position are due TODAY
▪ In today's Seattle P-I -- 787
won't fly until October -- First flight of Boeing's Dreamliner has
slipped into October and that delay will make it even more challenging and
problematic to complete an aggressive flight-test program and get the new
jet certified by regulators and delivered on time.
▪ In today's Olympian -- Report
finds child-welfare workers lack experience -- The report notes the
inexperience of key staff members, a concern state officials say is worth
examining as the state continues to hire more social workers -- nearly 400
in the past two budget cycles.
▪ In today's Seattle P-I -- Unified
to hire many of 684 laid off by Associated Grocers -- Layoff notices for
the AG employees in Seattle and Renton are a legal formality, says Unified,
which bought AG: "Between now and closing, we're trying to onboard as
many employees of AG as possible."
▪ Today from AP -- State
Supreme Court rules against worker's asbestos claim -- Todd Shipyards
can't be sued for a deceased worker's asbestos exposure because the man had
missed a filing deadline in a 20-year-old bankruptcy proceeding and the
shipyard hadn't notified his union.
▪ Today from AP -- No
sound from 6 trapped Utah miners
▪ In today's LA Times -- Bush
to propose tighter migrant work rules -- The Bush administration plans
to announce a broad new initiative today to sharpen immigration enforcement,
including measures to raise fines for employers who hire illegal workers,
require federal contractors to use an employment verification system and add
thousands more agents at the southern border.
▪ In today's Oregonian -- U.S.
official promotes free trade pacts -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan
Schwab stumps in Portland for more NAFTA-style pacts: "(The Peru,
Colombia and Panama) trade agreements should be
no-brainers." Labor and environmental groups protest outside.
▪ In today's Spokesman-Review -- Sen.
Murray: Bush wrong on road funds -- Bush's suggestion that Congress
spends most road and bridge money on certain members' pet projects, and the
rest of the country gets "what's ever left," shows the president's
ignorance of the system, she says.
▪ In today's Washington Post -- Why
the Democrats caved (Dionne column) --
The episode of the Bush administration's surveillance bill was the
culmination of a shameful era in which serious issues related to national
security and civil liberties were debated in a climate of fear and
intimidation, saturated by political calculation and the quest for
short-term electoral advantage.
▪ Today from The Onion -- Minimum-wage
hike celebrated with name-brand ketchup -- Whether
buying national-brand condiments, allowing themselves two additional squares
of toilet paper, or paying for a few more minutes of drying time at the
laundromat, the estimated 13 million Americans who subsist on minimum wages
are getting a taste of the good life.
▪ In today's Seattle Times -- Obama
mounts big lead in fundraising in state; Romney tops GOP list -- Obama has
a commanding lead, raking in about $786,000 here for his presidential bid,
more than twice as much as Clinton. Nationally, Clinton leads Obama $63
million to $58 million. Just as he leads his Republican rivals nationally,
Romney has brought in the most locally, $493,360.
▪ At LATimes.com -- Picket
lines as political currency -- It's becoming quite the thing among
Democratic candidates to brag about or promise to picket.
▪ In today's Seattle P-I -- 4
more Fort Lewis soldiers killed in Iraq -- The soldiers and an
interpreter were killed and 12 other soldiers injured when a blast destroyed
a house they were clearing.
▪ In today's Seattle Times -- Fort
Lewis brigade loses 10 soldiers in a week -- The soldiers were at the
tail end of a tour that was supposed to end in June at 12 months but was
U.S. troops killed in Iraq; 3,544 of them have died since
Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" and an end to major combat
operations in May 2003; 3,222 have died since the capture of Saddam;
and 2,824 have died since the government was handed over to the
WSLC's affiliated unions have called for an end to the U.S. occupation of
AUGUST 10, 2007
transit measure needed to Keep Washington Rolling
urged to reach out to union voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties
After decades of failing to
adequately fund Washington state’s roads and infrastructure, we have made
significant progress over the last four years in addressing these critical
needs. The 2003 Legislature passed the “Nickel Package” and then an
additional $8.4 billion worth of projects in 2005, an investment affirmed by
voters. These packages addressed critical transportation infrastructure
needs in every county in the state.
However, we all know that most
of the critical congestion and traffic choke points are in King, Pierce and
Snohomish counties. To help address these needs, the Legislature established
the Regional Transportation Improvement District (R-TID) to provide a
mechanism for the residents of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties to fund
transportation investments of regional significance. After several years of
work, the critically important R-TID package is ready for the voters in
those three counties and will appear on this November's ballot.
The Washington State Labor
Council is distributing information, including several facts sheets (see
below), to its affiliated union organizations with members in King, Pierce
and Snohomish counties explaining how all of us will benefit from this
transportation package. The WSLC is urging affiliates to endorse the
roads-and-transit ballot propositions and to contribute to Keep Washington
Rolling, the coalition of labor, business and environmental groups that led
the successful campaign to affirm the 2005 statewide transportation package
and will again coordinate this fall's campaign.
Following is a summary of why this Roads
and Transit package is so important:
transportation system will improve our quality of life.
chokepoints will reduce congestion.
Building a fast, safe and
reliable light rail system across the region will help lift people out
of congestion and make it easier to live and do business here.
Investing in transportation
creates good jobs and drives our economy.
Building transit and
fixing chokepoints will help improve traffic and move people and goods
more quickly and reliably.
Improving freight mobility
will allow our region to compete in an expanding global economy.
infrastructure improves safety.
More transportation choices
means a cleaner environment.
Building an additional 50
miles of light rail to connect Bellevue, Redmond’s Overlake area,
Mercer Island, Northgate, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood,
Alderwood, the 164th Street/Ash Way area, Des Moines, Federal Way and
Tacoma will take cars off the road and provide better mobility
Creating nearly 12,000
park and ride slots at bus, commuter rail and light rail stations will
help commuters get out of their cars.
Facts sheets are available for download
describing specific projects funded by the Roads and Transit proposition in Snohomish
King County, South
King County and North
For more information, visit www.YesOnRoadsAndTransit.org
or contact WSLC Political Director Diane
McDaniel at 206-281-8901.
AUGUST 10, 2007
Applications for WSLC
Communications Director due Friday
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is seeking applicants for the
position of Communications Director. The deadline for applications is TODAY.
Here is the job posting (printable
resigns from WSLC
15 years with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, David
Groves has resigned as Communications Director to accept a
communications position with the International Union of Operating
Engineers Local 302, which represents heavy construction equipment
operators in Washington and Alaska. His last day at the WSLC
will be Friday, August 24.
want to thank the officers, staff and affiliates of the Council
for everything they've done for me over the years," Groves
said. "It's been a pleasure and an honor to advocate for
Washington's working families, and I'm really excited about
continuing to do so, while taking on some new challenges at a
strong, growing local union."
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
is widely considered
to be the "voice of organized labor" in our state.
A state federation of the AFL-CIO, the Council represents the
interests of more than 500 affiliated local unions with more than 400,000
rank-and-file union members. The Council’s core programs and
services for affiliated unions are legislative advocacy, political action,
communications and media relations, and assistance with organizing
The Council is seeking an
experienced, highly skilled, motivated individual for the position of
Communications Director. It
is the Communications Director’s responsibility to ensure that the
Council's events and positions are well-publicized and that the organization
is presented in a positive light -- both in the news media and within the
labor movement among affiliated unions.
The position reports directly to the President of the Council.
Five (5) years of previous
experience in communications and/or media relations, or a combination of
education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge,
skills and abilities:
oral and written communications skills, with strong proficiency with
writing and editing.
publishing skills designing newsletters and leaflets.
Proficiency using Adobe In-Design (formerly PageMaker) and
Photoshop would be ideal.
experience in media relations: fielding press inquiries, promoting
events and issues to ensure media coverage, and proactively promoting
positive news coverage.
site maintenance skills and the ability to update the Council’s web
site (www.wslc.org) regularly with news and information.
Web design experience and proficiency using Microsoft FrontPage
would be ideal.
The following qualifications are considered very desirable, but are
not strict requirements of the position and should not discourage applicants
who meet the minimum job qualifications: experience working in the labor
movement; Bachelor’s or graduate degree in communications or a related
subject; experience in the news media, politics or legislative affairs;
experience working with a progressive organization; bilingualism a plus.
The Communications Director is a full-time salaried position, which
includes some evening and weekend work as needed, and is based in Seattle
. (The Council also has an
office in Olympia
.) The position occasionally
requires travel around the state.
and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
$66,400-82,500 (DOE). Excellent
benefits, including paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, full
employer-paid family health coverage (including dental and vision), a
defined-benefit pension plan, an optional 401(k) program, and more.
The position is covered under a union contract with Office and
Professional Employees Local 8.
a cover letter and résumé. If sent via email, the files should be in MS
Word, PDF or text formats. Please submit to Jan Hays via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or via standard mail to the WSLC, 314 First Ave. West, Seattle, WA, 98119.
must be received by Friday, August 10.
If you have news items
regarding unions or workplace issues in Washington state that you would like
to see posted here, please submit them via e-mail to David
Groves or via fax to 206-285-5805.
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Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO