unions

Labor
10:37 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Machinists Head Steps Down: 'Your Job Should Not Destroy Your Health'

Tom Wroblewski, pictured in 2012, has stepped down as president of the local Machinists union. The Machinists narrowly approved a Boeing contract on Jan. 3.
Credit Photo IAM District 751

The drama over the Boeing 777X jet has claimed its first casualty.

Tom Wroblewski, president of the Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announced on Tuesday night that he is retiring to a small group of elected representatives from local lodges. His last day is Jan. 31.

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Machinist Dispute
3:50 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Last Minute Attempts To Get Boeing Back To The Negotiation Table

Machinists voted against a contract offer from Boeing earlier in November. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is trying to bring the two sides together in negotiations again.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett mayor Ray Stephanson about his efforts to bring Boeing and the machinist union back to the negotiation table.

Aerospace
4:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Boeing Analyst: Advantages To Keeping 777X In Puget Sound Area

Boeing said Thursday it has no further plans to negotiate with its Machinists after the union voted against a  contract extension Boeing said was key to its decision to build the 777X in the Puget Sound region. Now the company said it is looking at other locations. It said it would continue to consider the Puget Sound region, but as part of a competition with other places.

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Boeing Contract Rejected
8:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Governor Inslee Vows To Continue To Compete For 777X

Washington Governor Jay Inslee addresses reporters in Olympia following the overwhelming vote by Boeing machinists to reject a Boeing contract offer.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:35 am

The machinists' two-to-one rejection of the Boeing contract was not the outcome Washington Governor Jay Inslee had hoped for.

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Business
8:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

777X In Danger: Machinists Reject Boeing Contract

Boeing union workers oppose the proposed contract for machinists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

In a vote that could ultimately move Boeing out of Washington state, Boeing's machinists rejected the company's proposed contract, with 67 percent of union members opposed.

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Machinist Dispute
3:13 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

How Boeing Avoids The Negotiation Table

Boeing headquarters in Chicago.
Flickr Photo/contemplative imaging

Ross Reynolds talks with aerospace and defense editor at Reuters, Alwyn Scott, about how Boeing's labor dispute compares to other union negotiations.

Labor
10:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Union Fury Could Prompt Boeing To Move 777X Assembly

Tom Wroblewski, district president of the Machinists union
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Standing before a crowd of Boeing machinists on Thursday night, Tom Wroblewski, president of the Boeing machinists union, tore up a copy of the proposed contract and said he would try to stop it from coming to a vote.

“I know this is a piece of crap,” Wroblewski said, according to The Seattle Times.

The machinists before him were openly hostile to the eight-year deal, which would replace their health care costs and strip down their pensions.

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Labor
10:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

No Strike! 11th Hour Deal Averts Grocery Showdown

Grocery workers gathered at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to countdown to a strike that was narrowly avoided late Monday.
From the Stand With Our Checkers Facebook page.

With just two hours left on the strike countdown clock, a tentative agreement was reached on Monday night between grocery workers and four major chains: Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertson’s.

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Labor Dispute
3:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Grocery Unions Prep For Strike As Talks Heat Up

A Safeway in Seattle's University District advertises checker positions ahead of a possible worker strike.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

As they debate their contracts, grocery workers insist they’re serious about striking: Picket captains have been tapped at hundreds of stores throughout the region, and strike headquarters have popped up in five counties.

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Minimum Wage Increase
2:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Directions For Labor Nationally And Locally

On August 29, fast-food workers in Seattle held a stirke in support of increasing the minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage for some workers in SeaTac to $15 an hour could mark a major change in the larger labor movement’s strategy in the US.

Marcie Sillman talks it over with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse. We also hear from David Rolf, the president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW, and Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council.

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Labor Representation
12:18 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

SEIU: Fastest Growing Union Holds Strong In Washington

Nationwide, the percentage of workers who are in unions has dropped to around 11 percent according to January report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s lowest rate in nearly a century. But the Service Employees International Union has been bucking the trend in recent decades – it’s the fastest growing union in the United States.

Since 1996, 1.2 million workers have joined SEIU nationally. Today, SEIU national represents 2.1 million.   Here in Washington state the SEUI has six locals with more than 100,000 members, up from about 40,000 in 2001. 

The union represents nurses, child care workers, public school employees and janitors.   Plus, Local 775 is the biggest, with around 43,000 members who are long-term care workers, home health aides, and nursing home aides.  

Ross Reynolds talks with David Rolfpresident of the Seattle-based Local 775 of the Service Employees International Union for health-care workers. 

Initiative 1240
4:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Union-Led Group Calls For Challenge To Washington Charter School Law

A group that includes Washington’s largest teachers’ union has formally asked state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new charter school law.

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Education
12:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Wash. Teachers' Union President On How To Improve State K-12 Education

Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

This week we’ve been taking a closer look at the battle over how to improve state education.  Today we get another perspective from Mary Lindquist, president of the state’s largest teachers' union, the Washington Education Association.

Fiscal Policy
11:49 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Congress Readies For The Next "Cliff"

Gray clouds fill the sky over the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, the day closed-door meetings and votes negated a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.
Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The next cliff looms in Washington, DC, as the US Treasury runs out of borrowing authority at the end of February. There may be a decision about across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration," as well as a debate over the social safety net.

Will Democrats agree to cuts to Social Security and Medicare? We talk with economics writer James Kwak about the political support for smaller government and less revenue.

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Labor Dispute
8:58 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Northwest Wheat Growers Hope For Resolution At Grain Terminals

Lester L Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 5:27 pm

Northwest wheat growers are hoping for a swift resolution to a labor dispute that could keep their grain from reaching the world market. Grain terminals remain open in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle, even though the terminals' owners have implemented a contract offer unionized longshoremen rejected.

Most of the wheat that grows on the rolling hills of eastern Washington is bound for the international market. But to get there, the wheat passes through one of a handful of grain terminals in the Northwest.

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