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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Teachers Square Off Over Evaluation Bill

SEATTLE - More than 300 people signed up to testify Monday at a House Education Committee hearing on a bill that would require school districts to consider student test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations.
Math teacher Andi Nofziger-Meadows told lawmakers teachers are willing to be evaluated on student growth, but not by relying on results to standardized testing.
"There's no research showing that it's fair, valid or reliable," she said.
While the union opposes the bill, several teachers testified in favor of it.
"This bill isn't requiring our students to be perfect, it's holding my colleagues and myself accountable to the growth of every student," said Evin Chinn, a social studies teacher from Seattle's Cleveland High School.
Although the testimony that was heard during the meeting on Monday in Olympia was evenly split between pro and con comments, hundreds more wanted to speak against the bill but there wasn't enough time.
The proposal passed the Senate two weeks ago with bipartisan support but is expected to face a difficult climb in the House. No vote has been scheduled in the House committee even though Wednesday is the deadline for policy bills to be voted out of committee.
The proposal could help Washington state regain the state's waiver from some parts of the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

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Biden: Labor Opponents Looking for 'Blackshirts' to Break Unions

Vice President Joe Biden.

By Ben Schreckinger

Vice President Joe Biden hit opponents of organized labor in remarks to a firefighters union on Monday, invoking a term closely associated with interwar European fascism in describing those who are “intent on breaking” unions.

Biden denounced those blocking the National Labor Relations Board’s attempts “to enforce the basic rules of the road,” saying, “They’re not looking for striped shirts, guys. They’re looking for blackshirts, not referees.”

The blackshirts were paramilitary forces loyal to the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Labor unions were among their targets.

Speaking at a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington, Biden said that firefighters and their unions used to have bipartisan support but that the Republican Party had changed.

“Republican governors and others around the country are saying you’re the problem,” said Biden.
“There is a concentrated, well-organized, well-paid, well-funded effort to undermine organized labor in the United States of America, and they’ve been remarkably successful,” he added. “Because they know without you, it’s a clear shot for whatever they want. That’s why they’re so intent on breaking you and diminishing your voice.”

Biden’s remarks came the same day that Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and a potential GOP presidential candidate, signed right-to-work legislation into state law.

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