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.

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Boeing to Cut 4,000 Jobs, More Cuts Could Be Coming

by Henry Rosoff

Late Tuesday Boeing confirmed it was in the process of shedding 4,000 jobs by June.  The company employs about 78,000 in Washington state.

“It’s garbage,” exclaimed assembly electrician Vince Popich outside the Renton 737 plant.

Popich is especially upset because the state of Washington gave his employer $8.7 billion in tax breaks to ensure new 777X jobs will be created here.

“We're bending over backwards paying for it, and here they are laying off American workers, outsourcing our jobs,” Popich said.

Other Boeing workers like Dean Chinn were less worried.

“I'm not concerned,” Chinn casually said.  “I have 30 something years with the company.” Read entire article

Posted by SEIU 775 on March 29, 2016

Washington’s Individual Providers Will Start Receiving Overtime

After months of negotiation and an extra legislative session, we finally have information on how caregiver overtime will be implemented. There are some details still to be worked out, but here’s the short version: most caregivers who are already working more than 40 hours a week will continue to be able to work their same hours, and thousands of caregivers will see increased pay!

Starting April 3, caregivers will be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 hours a week.

Caregivers who worked an average of 40 hours a week in January 2016 will be able to continue to get paid for up to 65 hours a week through June 30, 2017, and 60 hours a week after that. You will also be able to get an Exception to Rule (ETR) to be able to work additional hours beyond that for your client.

Almost 5000 caregivers will see millions of dollars in increased pay thanks to overtime! 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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