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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Unions
March 27, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Worker absences leads to four ferry runs being canceled

Transporting taxpayers should take priority So one worker calls in sick and another worker oversleeps and fails to show up. The Washington State Ferry system may be the most inefficient, corrupt, union-dominated jobs program in America [“4 ferry runs canceled due to missing workers,” NWTuesday, March 26]. When will state legislators finally take control of this…

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March 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Amazon and German activists dispute on labor

Seattle’s progressivism may not be global The recent protest that took place in South Lake Union at the headquarters of Amazon.com should serve as a reminder to us all that Seattle may not be as “progressive” as we like to believe. Protesting Amazon’s refusal to negotiate a union-wage contract with its currently nonunion workforce in Germany,…

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September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing: Will 787 line move to S. Carolina?

Does S. Carolina know how to build a Boeing? Editor, The Times: Though I never built a Boeing aircraft, I did fly them. Because of the dedication, knowledge and expertise of Washington state craftsmen and women, many of those well-designed and constructed airframes are still flying. Consider that the 707, 737, 747, B-52 and even some B-17s are…

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September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County labor: Are furloughs needed?

Furloughs undercut vital, dedicated county workers Thank you to Tracey Thompson, principal officer at Teamsters Local 117, for speaking up on the King County furlough issue [“Stop scapegoating King County workers over budget woes,” Opinion, guest column, Aug. 26]. It is too bad that Teamsters 174 has not acknowledged what King County is doing to its workers. After…

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June 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Strikes and worker rights

Workers’ best weapon to keep local jobs Editor, The Times: Your editorial [“Strike won’t fly at Boeing,” Opinion, editorial, June 19] suggests the unions at Boeing should give up the only economic weapon, the weapon of last resort, in order to ensure that jobs stay here in Puget Sound. They can give it up, but it will in…

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March 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Employee Free Choice Act

Passage would benefit our children I recently read Bruce Ramsey’s March 18 column [“The Employee Faux Choice Act,” Opinion], which included many of the same, tired misconceptions held by some in the corporate world. As president of the American Federation of School Administrators and a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, I would like to offer…

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March 26, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Costco’s role in labor bill

Company’s position disappointing I was distressed to see that Costco was joining forces with Starbucks and Whole Foods to defeat “card check” legislation [“Compromise offered on labor bill,” News, March 22]. My husband and I are union members. Because of this, we have living wages that allow us to buy Costco products. It is truly gut wrenching to…

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March 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The Employee Free Choice Act

Not surprised by anti-union screed Imagine my (non)surprise after many years as a P-I subscriber to see, in my first issue of The Times, Bruce Ramsey’s thinly veiled anti-union screed at the top of your Opinion page [“The Employee Faux Choice Act,” editorial column, March 18]. The blissful state of labor comity for which Ramsey pretends to…

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March 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Worker Privacy Act

Ironically leading to coercion and lack of privacy In a guest column discussing the proposed Worker Privacy Act, Dave Schmitz says people should have their privacy respected and be free of coercion [“Worker Privacy Act: the right thing to do,” March 10]. I agree completely with these principles. Yet, ironically, unions are making a massive push to go…

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