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.

Efforts Continue to Tie State’s $8.7 Billion Aerospace Tax Incentives to Jobs and Wages

OLYMPIA – Nearly 200 current and former aerospace workers came to the Washington state capitol today to urge legislators to take steps to ensure the nation’s largest corporate tax break meets its original intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” with good-paying jobs.

Passed in a special legislative session in November 2013, the Washington aerospace tax preference law extends $8.7 billion of tax incentives to aerospace companies.

“The Boeing Co. has been able to exploit loopholes in the tax incentive law that allows it to move Washington jobs to places like Oklahoma, Missouri and even China, while still collecting tax breaks here,” said Larry Brown, legislative director for Machinists District 751. “Our state has already lost more than 3,600 jobs as a result. More job losses are on the horizon, unless legislators act.” Read entire article

Toys For Tots Volunteer Opportunities

Join us in Everett as we unload, sort, count and distribute toys. It's at a new location: 2730 Oakes in Everett.

We need volunteers on these days:

Friday, December 11, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Help unload a trailer of gifts; bring your hand truck if you have one!

Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Help unload collection boxes, then sort, count and distribute.

Saturday, December 12, from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Help unload collection boxes, then sort, count and distribute.

For more information: Betty Welsh, Manager, Labor Engagement, United Way of Snohomish County,

Published in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.

by James B. Steele

Not long ago I was waiting for a domestic flight in a departure lounge at one of the crumbling midcentury sheds that pass for an American airport these days. There were delays, as we’ve all come to expect, and then the delays turned into something more ominous. The airplane I was waiting for had a serious maintenance issue, beyond the ability of a man in an orange vest to address. The entire airplane would have to be taken away for servicing and another brought to the gate in its place. This would take a while. Those of us in the departure lounge settled in for what we suspected might be hours. 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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