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Spokane union executives plan hurtful strike as 30,000 children head back to school

August 28, 2015 in Blog

Spokane teachers’ union executives today convinced union members to call a strike on September 4th if their demands for higher pay are not met. Their strike action would close school doors during the first week of school, just as 30,200 children are getting settled in the classroom.

The union demands are not yet clear, but they are likely seeking a raise on top of the 3% cost of living pay raise the state legislature has already approved for teachers. That increase was funded in the latest state budget.

Union executives want strike to close Pasco schools, even though teacher compensation is twice average wage of area families

August 18, 2015 in Blog

Pasco union executives say they will call teachers out on strike if their demands for higher pay are not met by August 30th. Their strike action would close classrooms to students across the area, just as families are preparing to send children back to school.

The union wants an 11% pay increase, on top of the 3% pay raise the state legislature already approved for teachers, funded in the latest budget.

Friday GMNW- 8/14 Eye on Olympia

August 14, 2015 in In the News
Friday, August 14, 2015

Pasco teachers union threatens illegal strike – five things every parent should know

August 7, 2015 in Blog

Just weeks after the legislature approved one of the largest increases in K-12 public education spending in state history, union executives in the Pasco School District are demanding an 11% pay raise or they’ll recommend teachers strike against children and families.

Paid Leave Issue

August 3, 2015 in In the News
Spokane Talks Online
Spokane Talks Online
Friday, July 31, 2015

The state of Ben Franklin Transit (BFT): Facts, figures and the 5:00 news live shot

July 31, 2015 in Blog

This week, Washington Policy Center released its latest Key Facts analysis of Ben Franklin Transit (BFT). BFT is the transit agency that serves the Tri-Cities (Richland-Kennewick-Pasco) region.

Our in-depth analysis shows total ridership has dropped 25% over the past five years. And the ridership drop is across all modes.

2015 Eastern Washington Annual Dinner

July 30, 2015 in Events
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Davenport Grand Hotel
333 W Spokane Falls Boulevard