The Snohomish County Labor Council and Its Purpose

The Snohomish County Labor Council is a federation of 63 unions in Snohomish County. Those unions represent 42,000 working families for the purpose of bargaining wages/salaries and working conditions with their employers.

The Labor Council and its member unions are dedicated to helping workers organize their workplaces so that they are ensured economic justice and dignity.

Published October 4, 2014 in

How Big Money Is Taking Over Education Politics

Most folks in the Democratic Party have a problem with the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that permitted goo-gobs of corporate and private interest cash to be dumped onto our elections. The party’s platform supports amending the Constitution to reverse the decision. President Obama has also called for such an amendment, and Hillary Clinton has said she would consider supporting it.

Most Democrats are also alarmed by the enormous amounts of cash funneled into the electoral process by folks like Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, who use corporate and private interest money to overwhelm citizen voice in elections and usurp democracy.

But if you’re a Democrat, you should know the influence buying unleashed by Citizens United and perpetrated by people like the Koch brothers are at work – with the blessing and participation of fellow Democrats – in education politics.

Historically, elections that determine public education governance – from local school board races to contests determining state administrative leadership – have been fairly subdued affairs in comparison to mayoral and legislative races. Read entire article

Published October 6, 2014 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Boeing Moves 777X Work to St. Louis, Creating 700 Jobs

By Jim Gallagher

St. Louis got a toehold in the commercial jet manufacturing business Monday as Boeing announced that it would make parts for the new 777X airliner at its defense works in north St. Louis County.

The move will mean new jobs, reaching 700 when production is in full swing in 2021 to 2023. It will bring construction jobs sooner, perhaps by year end, as Boeing expands its North County composite materials facility.

The North County operation will build parts of the wing and tail of the 777X, Boeing’s 400-passenger, long-haul addition to its 777 line. Boeing has 300 orders for the plane and is hunting more for a project that should continue through the next decade.

Boeing, which employs about 15,000 locally, chose St. Louis “to leverage the skill of our employees,” said Christopher Chadwick, president of Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division that is based here.

Boeing considered other sites, but St. Louis “became a real natural” for the work, he said. Read entire article

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