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Posts Tagged ‘Unions’

May 24th, 2017 - 11:47 am § in The Ave Scene


Seattle court strikes blow to Seattle’s effort to unionize Uber drivers.  U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik has issue a temporary injunction against the city of Seattle’s ordinance permitting Uber drivers to unionize.  The lawsuits came from the US Chamber of Commerce and the Freedom [...]

May 5th, 2017 - 8:52 am § in Misc.

Lessons for the US from Germany

Workers and unions made modern Germany great The German economy is going great guns thanks to high exports and strong unions.[...]

February 22nd, 2017 - 12:24 am § in The Ave Scene


Last week, on February 17, before Candidate Trump (2020 election)  held his first rally, President Trump went to celebrate the roll out of Boeing’s 787-10 of the 787 Dreamliner family.  For the first time in Boeing Company history, a new Boeing commercial  airliner was rolled at in North Char[...]

February 9th, 2017 - 1:29 am § in America, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

How Much Are Teachers Paid??????????????????

TEACHER PAY IS CONFUSING Teacher pay becomes a major issue because of the right of teachers to strike and because parents depend on teachers for that most precious thing, their kids’ futures. And because, in this state, teacher pay is the major part of the tax money the state is supposed to pa[...]

February 2nd, 2017 - 5:44 am § in Misc., The Ave Scene

Why Public Unions Are Bad … Seattle’s Cops and Trump’s Feds

Meanwhile at the federal level: President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hir[...]

September 14th, 2016 - 8:48 am § in The Ave Scene

Baby Nurses On Strike

Nurses at Children’s Hospital need our support. Give a wave, honk or join their line and rally on Sandpoint Way NE today. We’re talking about maternity leave for the nurses who care for the highest need infants, staffing levels, forced overtime, cost of living.[...]

July 18th, 2016 - 12:31 am § in Misc., UW

Former UW Prexy Young, Now Tops Pay for Presidents at a Public University.

Chiefs of 5 public colleges paid more than $1M   The AP (story by COLLIN BINKLEY) is reporting that pay for presidents at state universities is continuing to climb at over  4% per year in defiance of the public outcry of the cost of higher education.  Chiefs at 5 schools topped the $1 mill[...]

July 17th, 2016 - 4:01 am § in The Ave Scene

July 17: The Potlach Riots in Seattle

As Seattle Yacht Club celebrates its annual Potlach, perhaps our good citizens may want to remember the events of a century ago .. The Great Potlach Riots. One hundred years ago this week in downtown Seattle, a riot broke out that would dramatically alter the way the city saw itself politically. Com[...]

July 4th, 2016 - 9:15 am § in Misc.

Seattle City Poltics

David Brewster In sizing up what’s happening with the Mayor and the Police Guild, and the departure of two key oversight officials, take a look at this 6/22 story from The Stranger about the contract negotiations. Mayor Murray is walking a fine line, keeping the endorsement of the SPOG while a[...]

March 3rd, 2016 - 9:19 am § in Misc.

When Unions Cease Being (d)emocratic

 Paul Burstein, AAUP LISTSERV A bit on research about democracy in unions: In 1956, the sociologists Seymour Martin Lipset, Martin Trow, and James S. Coleman published a book entitled Union Democracy, long considered a classic.  It began by describing how rare it was for unions to remain internall[...]