Despite the heavy rain, several Local 17 members attended the Community & Labor Rally on Mon., Nov. 18 at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to show their support for IAM District 751 members who rejected Boeing’s ultimatum to eliminate their pensions and cut their wages and benefits. Read more in The Stand...
'Join together to protect middle-wage jobs'
Local 17 Research Director, Elliot Levin, urged workers to band together in his letter to The Oregonian on Nov. 7. The letter was in response to the article 'Job Market Favors the Rich' which reported on the decline of middle class jobs.
"It’s important to recognize that all American workers have the right to fight against this trend in their own workplace by organizing with their fellow employees," said Levin in the letter.
"The Great Recession has placed burdens on Oregonians across all spectrums of the economy, and throughout this time, employees organizing with their coworkers have helped families maintain and advance their positions in an ever-evolving economic landscape."
Professional Employees at the
City of Portland
Join Local 17
On Sept. 24, the executive board of the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA) voted overwhelmingly to join Local 17, bringing in more than 700 new members. Read more here...
Check out Local 17's award-winning video: "We Work"
As part of the MayWorks celebration of labor, the Washington State Labor Council sponsored a video contest, and Local 17's video took second place! Thanks to all of our members who work hard everyday to keep our communities safe and healthy!
Legislature Begins Special Session
Governor Jay Inslee opened a Special Legislative Session on Thurs., Nov 7. The purpose of the session is to address a package of bills that Boeing says they need to guarantee the 777x is built in Washington State. A transportation revenue package is also considered a priority for this session. Visit our public affairs blog for the latest news on the Special Session.
Excerpt: "We argue incessantly about who has the right to be well, and who doesn’t — and who should pay for services. Fear mobilizes and discourse becomes polarized when we cannot see each others’ faces, let alone recognize one another as fellow passengers on this ship of state.
These faces belong to our neighbors, employees, teachers, mothers and lovers. Illnesses, disease and accidents reach beyond all race, wealth or education levels. Cancer alone is predicted to increase 45 percent by 2030, according to a September report from the Institute of Medicine. No one is exempt."
PERS, TRS and SERS Pension Plan Members May Be Impacted by Washington State Supreme Court
In 2007, the state legislature enacted enhanced Early Retirement Factors (ERFs) to benefit members of PERS, TRS and SERS pension plans 2 and 3. The legislation also eliminated the gainsharing benefit from plans 1 and 3. The legislation resulted in lawsuits that have finally found their way to the Washington State Supreme Court, with oral arguments scheduled for Oct. 24, 2013. Click here to read more about the issue and what's at stake.