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 Aug. 13, 2015 in the Washington Post

Indiana's Got a Problem: Too Many Teachers Don't Want to Work There Anymore

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) at a news conference.

Indiana’s got a problem: Teachers increasingly don’t want to work in the state anymore. The problem has become so acute that some school districts have have had a hard time finding enough teachers to cover classes for the new school year — and some lawmakers want a legislative committee to discuss the shortage.

The percentage of all teachers getting a teaching license — including veterans — fell by more than 50 percent from 2009-10 to 2013-14, and there was an 18.5 percent decline in the number of licenses issued to new teachers during the same period, according to Indiana Department of Education figures.

And, as the Greensburg Daily News reported in a story in early July,  fewer students are enrolling in teacher preparation programs at Indiana universities. It said:

At Indiana State University, enrollment in the elementary education program has remained steady, but other areas, especially sciences, are seeing fewer students, said Judy Sheese, assistant dean for teacher education at the university’s Bayh College of Education.

She said she gets weekly — if not daily — calls from principals asking whether the university has any seniors who will soon graduate with a degree in math or English.

“We don’t have any,” she said. Read entire article


Press Release: July 16, 2015

Boeing Illegally Withheld Plans from SPEEA Regarding Members’ Work Moving Out of State

SEATTLE – The Boeing Company violated federal labor law when it refused to provide information regarding plans to move thousands of engineering and technical workers’ jobs out of Washington to other states and countries, according to a decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Acting on an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed in March 2014 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, NLRB Administrative Law Judge Dickie Montemayor on Tuesday (July 14) ordered Boeing to fulfill the request and provide the union the information regarding work moving from facilities around Puget Sound to other states and facilities around the world.

“The union was entitled to all of the presumptively relevant information,” Montemayor wrote. “The refusal of an employer to provide a bargaining agent with information relevant to the union’s task of representing its constituency is a per se violation of the act.” Read entire article


Published June 25, 2015 on ourvoicewashingtonea.org

Senate Republicans Attack Our Bargaining Rights, TRI Pay, Class Sizes

It’s outrageous, really.

In an irresponsible, last-minute political ploy, Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would limit our ability to negotiate TRI pay with our school districts – a direct attack on our collective bargaining rights.

They also have a separate bill that overturns I-1351 and eliminates funding for smaller class sizes – in exchange for a one-time 3.8 percent salary “bribe” for educators.

Email your legislators now and tell them in clear terms: We will not stand for any attack on our collective bargaining rights, and we won’t be bought off. Read entire article

TPP: The Next Big Free Trade Mistake

Fast Track Fact #1: Costs Jobs

Trade policies adopted under Fast Track have cost us more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories.

Call Congress: 1-855-712-8441 and Say NO to Fast Track

Source: AFL-CIO



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