Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

May
2016
4

Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements

Now We Know: Total Boeing Tax Breaks Cleared $300M in WA Without Hiring, Retention Requirements
  For the first time, the size of the aerospace tax incentive that went to Boeing in 2013 has been made public, revealing $305 million in state taxes that were waived last year.  The numbers come from a required filing with the state’s Department of Revenue.   The Seattle Times was successful in overturning a [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
24

WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing

WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing
  The Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council has announced a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) expansion project in Cherry Point, Washington.  Recent economic studies have project generate 4,400 full-time-equivalent jobs during two years of construction and 1,250 ongoing positions after…
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Mar
2015
20

Bills to Allow Local “Right-to-Work,” Make Bargaining Negotiations Public Being Pushed in WA

Bills to Allow Local
  In Clark County, Washington, unions and democrats are opposing two pieces of proposed legislation they say will harm workers.  The two bills, one which would make the collective bargaining process public and the other which would create a county “Right-to-Work” law, are being introduced by Councilor David Madore.  Opponents argue that…
Feb
2015
19

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP’s Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP's Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment
  In the state of Washington, a deal brokered by Republican Sen. Curtis King would raise the gas tax by eleven cents over three years while increasing fees and bond sales to raise $15 billion for the state’s transportation system.  But not everyone is convinced that the deal will actually work, as it may not [&hellip…;
Jan
2015
28

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers’ “Ability to Negotiate Pay Raises”

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers'
  Just days after receiving raises of 11.2 percent, members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in Washington introduced a series of bills that would severely limit the ability of public employees to bargain for raises.  According to an email from the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) to its membership, the bills “use…
Feb
2014
3

Prevailing Wage Round-Up: MO, WA Republicans Introduce Anti-Worker Bills; CA Protections Go Into Effect

  With most states’ legislative sessions entering full swing, several Republicans are putting bills before committees that would make permanent changes to their respective prevailing wage laws. Labeling the prevailing wage as an archaic burden on taxpayers is a familiar song of the Far Right chorus, and in Missouri and Washington…
Jan
2014
14

D.C. Living Wage Raise, Overdue By Many Accounts, Will Include Retroactive Back Pay

  The District of Columbia has updated its living wage for the first time since 2010 and included provisions that will see workers receive back pay retroactive to January of 2013.  Another living wage raise will occur, on schedule, in March.   The 2006 law mandated living wages on all city contracts worth over $100,000 [&hellip…;
Nov
2013
6

Boeing Eyes Return to Puget Sound to Work with Union Machinists on 777x Construction

Boeing Eyes Return to Puget Sound to Work with Union Machinists on 777x Construction
  Boeing has been in talks with the Machinists’ Union (IAMAW) to guarantee the company’s new 777X jet will be built in the state of Washington. Governor Jay Inslee announced last night that a provisional agreement is in place. This would represent an important reversal for the company which moved its operations for the 787 [&hellip…;
Sep
2013
23

One Arrested in Protest of “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiatives for Oregon and Washington

  As a strategy session was being held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on how to pass “Right-to-Work” in Oregon and Washington via ballot initiative, protesters from local trades unions met attendees at the door in a preview of what is to come in the Pacific Northwest if the anti-worker legislation is put in [&hellip…;
Aug
2013
23

Boeing’s Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can’t Meet 787 Production Demand

Boeing's Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can't Meet 787 Production Demand
  When Boeing left Washington for South Carolina in order to suppress the wages of its workers, it also left behind the quality work that had been provided by a highly skilled, union workforce.  Now, that union-busting is backfiring as productivity has dropped immensely and Boeing is unable to meet their 787 Dreamliner production goals….
May
2013
24

Look, Everybody! I Fixed the I-5 Skagit Bridge So You Can Drive Over It Again!

Look, Everybody! I Fixed the I-5 Skagit Bridge So You Can Drive Over It Again!
  Not…