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Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on July 1 at 10:27 AM

(actually by Rebecca Tapscott)

Terrorism: Britain was placed on highest level of alert after a terrorist attack yesterday at Glasgow Airport. Five suspects are being held.

Dependence day: Hong Kong celebrated a decade of Chinese rule yesterday; tens of thousands protest.

Internet taxes: Today, Washington joins 21 other states in instituting a uniform policy to tax online purchases.

Union power: Washington State workers receive salary increases up to 25 percent, a testament to a good economy and growing union power.

Losers: After losing the racial tiebreaker case, Seattle Schools face attorney attempts to recover one million dollars in legal costs.

Behind every great man: Elizabeth Edwards re-joins her husband’s campaign after her most recent cancer diagnosis, working as a sympathetic face and appeasing varying political factions.

Like husband like wife: The wife of Argentine’s president, Christina Ferdenández de Kirchner, will run to replace her husband in the October 28 election.

Aftermath: After Hurricane Katrina, international aide brings change to Honduras.

Little people convention: Seattle area hosts the Little People of America conference and the 2007 Dwarf Athletic Association of America’s National Games.

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The republicans are always whining about the unions supporting dems. If they weren't so busy sucking up to the corporations and superrich and tried supporting the needs of working families perhaps they'd get some of that dough too. I certainly don't see their coffers hurting for funds. Idiots.

That said, the Union has done a huge diservice to the workers by making membership mandatory. That one move that got them so much cash took away the only raise state employees had gotten in years. I support unions, I'm a third generation union member. But if you are so ineffective that you can't even get the workers to join your union without mandating it in law you have bigger problems than cash flow. WFSE is pathetic.

Posted by the other John | July 1, 2007 1:11 PM
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Hey, Jonah: go away. We get it. You're being a cunt.

Posted by Fnarf | July 1, 2007 3:20 PM
3

No kidding. Can we please bounce his posts to Pluto or something?

Posted by gnossos | July 1, 2007 3:26 PM
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Other John, I agree with you to a point - but the trouble with not mandating union membership is that so many people would take what the union fought for, but not support it financially if membership were not required.

I quite unexpectedly now belong to a union, and I can see the strengths and weaknesses of the system from an inside perspective. Overall, I think it's a good thing for my co-workers and I, but I also think that too many workers have no interest in the union, which leads to special interests running the show.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | July 1, 2007 5:03 PM
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Meanwhile, as union members get 25 percent increases, CEOs got another 150 percent increase in the same period.

Sorry, I'm not going to listen to your anti-union carp.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 1, 2007 11:22 PM

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