Union Contracts http://www.kplu.org en Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer 
 http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-union-rejects-contract-offer <p></p><p>Boeing's union of engineers and technical workers has rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:19:08 +0000 The Associated Press 6556 at http://www.kplu.org Oil refineries in Western Washington face possible strike http://www.kplu.org/post/oil-refineries-western-washington-face-possible-strike <p>Bargaining is going down to the wire on new labor contracts at three of the five big oil refineries in the Northwest. Union members have been told to prepare to strike as early as Wednesday.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:43:07 +0000 Tom Banse 3993 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire Previews Budget Cuts, Wants To Reopen Union Contracts http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-previews-budget-cuts-wants-reopen-union-contracts OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's largest state employee union says 'no' to higher health care premiums. Governor Chris Gregoire Wednesday asked the unions to reopen their labor contracts. The move comes on the eve of the governor's big budget cutting announcement scheduled for Thursday.<p>Washington has a $1.4 billion budget problem. Now the governor says she needs to negotiate another increase in what state employees pay for their health care.<p>State workers previously agreed to increase their share of insurance premiums from 12 percent to 15 percent. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:41:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3011 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike http://www.kplu.org/post/update-union-vp-says-shes-proud-tacoma-teachers-vote-strike <p><em>&quot;It really had to come down to a strike ...&quot;&nbsp; </em></p><p>Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of our teachers &ndash; 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It&rsquo;s that important to them to have a fair contract,&rdquo; said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they&rsquo;re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:16:41 +0000 Charla Bear 2608 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike Oregon state workers approve contract http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-state-workers-approve-contract <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983444.mp3</p><p>Members of Oregon&rsquo;s largest public workers&#39; union have <a href="http://www.seiu503.org/2011/08/das-agreement-ratified/">approved a new two-year contract</a>. It&#39;s the first time state workers have agreed to pay a portion of their health insurance premiums.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:04:54 +0000 Chris Lehman 2421 at http://www.kplu.org Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts http://www.kplu.org/post/republicans-want-governor-renegotiate-labor-contracts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956883.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s not quite Wisconsin, but Republicans &ndash; and a lone Democrat - in Washington are taking a jab at state employee unions. They&#39;ve introduced legislation to not fund union contracts negotiated by the governor.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:05:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 967 at http://www.kplu.org Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily http://www.kplu.org/post/governor-gregoire-cancels-union-contracts-seiu-responds-angrily <p>The union which represents home health workers in Washington is reacting angrily to a move by Governor Chris Gregoire on Friday to cancel several collective bargaining agreements and ordered state employees back to the negotiating table.</p><p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:31:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 184 at http://www.kplu.org Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily