Seattle group files measure for $15 minimum wage

By Manuel Valdes,

A group seeking a $15 an hour minimum wage filed paperwork Monday for a voter measure that would amend the Seattle charter, a move aiming to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass an increase without exemptions or delays.

Machinist locals force national union election

By Dan Catchpole, Herald Net

A slate of reform candidates challenging the Machinists union’s sitting leadership says it picked up enough endorsements from the labor group’s roughly 1,000 local lodges to force its first contested general election in more than a half-century.

Challengers to top Machinist leaders struggle to fill slate

By Dominic Gates, Seattle Times

The challengers trying to oust Machinists union International President Tom Buffenbarger haven’t been able to muster a full slate of candidates, just days before the federally mandated process to elect the union’s national leadership kicks off Saturday.