how do you like them apples?


We are Working Washington

BossFeed Briefing for July 3, 2017. After multiple months and several special sessions, the Washington State Legislature on Friday finally agreed on a state budget just hours before a deadline which could have forced state government to shut down. Also on Friday, the Trump Administration argued that overtime protections should not be expanded to cover lower-wage managers. On SaturdaySeattle’s landmark secure scheduling law took effect. And last Wednesday, U.S. Senate leaders paused their efforts repeal affordable healthcare protections; it’s unclear what happens in the weeks ahead. 


How do you like them apples? 

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Photo by David Bacon

Three things to know this week:

relieved The Washington State Legislature passed paid family leave late Friday evening (!) Workers will be able to access up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, and up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave.

exploding head Confounding everyone with a grip on reality, a group of researchers managed to find a way to make Seattle’s booming economy look like it’s bad for workers despite more jobs at higher wages and record-low unemployment. It was an impressive accomplishment in a way, but doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny.

!?Minneapolis has become the first city in the Midwest to pass a $15 minimum wage. Meanwhile, St. Louis is being forced to lower its minimum wage from $10/hour to $7.70/hour.

 

Two things to ask:

newspaper How do you spell solidarity? When New York Times corporate management announced major cuts to copy editors at the paper, hundreds of reporters walked out in protest. The paper responded… with an offer to repond to questions about the “restructuring” selected by editors from reader emails.

question How do they come up with this stuff?   Facebook trains thousands of content screeners on some curious distinctions between speech targeting an entire group, which they say can be barred, and speech targeted at a “subset” of a group, which they consider aok.    According to leaked corporate training materials, “female drivers” and “black children” are considered “subsets” of groups and therefore not protected; “white men,” however, are a protected category against which hate speech is not allowed per their training.

 

And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

apple The apple pickers of Yakima Valley are featured in a beautiful and pointed photo series by David Bacon, who is perhaps the premier photographer of work in the country today. Bacon’s photo essay in The Atlantic combines striking black-and-white images with sharp and clear captions which tell the story of these workers with ferocious power and economy. Bacon’s work is always worth seeking out; when it’s this close to home it’s worth savoring.

 

Read this far?

tophat Consider yourself briefed, boss.

on this day … 7/5 1935 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. The act authorized labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. 


1806 – A Spanish army repelled the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1811 – Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

1814 – U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeated a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.

1830 – France occupied the North African city of Algiers.

1832 – The German government began curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.

1839 – British naval forces bombarded Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and then occupied it.

1863 – U.S. Federal troops occupied Vicksburg, MS, and distributed supplies to the citizens.

1865 – William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

1865 – The U.S. Secret Service Division was created to combat currency counterfeiting, forging and the altering of currency and securities. 

1892 – Andrew Beard was issued a patent for the rotary engine.

1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren started on the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City and arrived in San Diego, CA, on September 12, 1916.

1935 – “Hawaii Call” was broadcast for the first time.

1935 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. The act authorized labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. 

1940 – During World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke diplomatic relations.

1941 – German troops reached the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.

1943 – The battle of Kursk began as German tanks attack the Soviet salient. It was the largest tank battle in history.

1946 – The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit.

1947 – Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.

1948 – Britain’s National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care.

1950 – U.S. forces engaged the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.

1951 – Dr. William Shockley announced that he had invented the junction transistor.

1962 – Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.

1975 – Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.

1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old “exclusionary rule,” deciding that evidence seized with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials. 

1989 – Former U.S. National Security Council aide Oliver North received a $150,000 fine and a suspended prison term for his part in the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned.

1991 – Regulators shut down the Pakistani-managed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in eight countries. The charge was fraud, drug money laundering and illegal infiltration into the U.S. banking system.

1995 – The U.S. Justice Department decided not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster.

1998 – Japan joined U.S. and Russia in space exploration with the launching of the Planet-B probe to Mars.

2000 – Jordanian security agents shot and killed a Syrian hijacker after he threw a grenade that exploded and wounded 15 passengers aboard a Royal Jordanian airliner.

2000 – 10 Bengal tigers, including 7 rare white tigers, died at the Nandankanan Zoo in India. The tigers died of trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness).

2000 – Euan Blair, the oldest son of British prime minister Tony Blair, was arrested after police found him drunk and lying on the ground in London’s Leicester Square.

National Labor Relations Act | NLRB


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Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act(“NLRA”) in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy.

FDA/USDA ~~June Alerts & Safety Chic-a-Peas, LLC,TraderJoe’s,Kroger,CCKitches


  • 06/15/2017 07:00 AM EDT
    – Bulletproof 360, Inc. (“Bulletproof”) of Bellevue, Washington is recalling five Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
  • 06/15/2017 09:53 AM EDT
    GoMacro, of Viola, Wis., is recalling a limited number of MacroBars and Thrive Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women
  • 06/15/2017 11:55 AM EDT
    The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it has expanded the recall of its 12 oz. packages of Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems
  • OFD Food, LLC. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
    OFD Foods, LLC., an Albany, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 197 pounds of beef product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber.
  • 06/13/2017 12:25 PM EDT
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is voluntarily recalling one lot (#HN0063) of Eliquis 5 mg tablets to the consumer level. This lot was distributed nationwide in the U.S. to wholesalers and retail pharmacies in February 2017. Bristol-Myers Squibb is taking this precautionary measure based on a customer complaint that a bottle labeled as Eliquis 5 mg was found to contain Eliquis 2.5 mg tablets.
  • 06/12/2017 01:11 PM EDT
    CC Kitchens is recalling a limited number of salad and slaw kits due to a possible health risk from Listeria. No contamination has been reported to have occurred on any product, nor have any illnesses been reported to date in association with the recall. Rather, the recall was initiated by the processor of certain leafy greens in an abundance of caution due to instances of positive test results for the presence of Listeria being identified by the processor during environmental testing of portions of their facility
  • Creation Gardens Inc. has issued an official recall on “approximately 22,832 pounds” of its ground beef products following potential E. coli contamination. Earlier this week, the Kentucky-based food distributor informed the US Department of Agriculture of positive test results for E. coli in its raw ground beef and beef primal cut products (like sirloin and rib-eye). The beef products from the company that are potentially affected were produced on May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2017.

Potential Foreign Matter (Metal) in Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

June 10, 2017 To Our Valued Customers: We are voluntarily recalling all lot codes of Trader Joe’s Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (SKU# 055740) because of the potential presence of small metal pieces in the product. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date.

All potentially affected product has been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

If you purchased Trader Joe’s Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream, please do not eat it. We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Mondaythrough Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time] or send us an email.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

View this recall posting on the Trader Joe’s website.

  • 06/09/2017 02:18 PM EDT Club Chef LLC is recalling a limited number of cases of Retail Snacks due to a possible health risk from Listeria
06/10/2017 04:41 PM EDT
United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. The recall involves the brands and products described below.
CC Kitchens, LLC, a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 2,415 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

 

 

 06/08/2017 02:23 PM EDT
  • Happy Sprout Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk Happy Sprout Inc. of Springfield, VA is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women

 

  • Global Garlic Inc. Recalls “Queso Freso/Whole Milk Cheese” Because of Possible Health Risk 06/05/2017 04:00 PM EDT Global Garlic Inc., 11501 NW 107th ST, Miami, FL, is recalling its 16oz packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk” and (“Queso Fresco x LB(Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, and organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women.

NEW VLOG: Lockdown a coincidence or not?


For years GEO Group’s Adelanto Detention Facility has worked very hard to minimize its heinous track record of neglect by silencing detainees and their families. 

So we went to the Adelanto Detention Center to visit with detainees and hear their stories. But what happened while we were there was shocking and affirmed the vital importance of this work. Not only did we see detainees outside in 115-degree heat but we returned knowing one thing for certain, ICE and GEO group don’t want us to tell this story.

Will you donate $25 so we can continue this work? We’re currently working on an in-depth investigation into immigrant detention, and your donation of any amount will help. 

What is ICE and GEO Group hiding? What are they afraid of? Is it just a coincidence that the Adelanto Detention Center was placed on lockdown when they found out we were coming? See what happen for yourself when we went to the Adelanto Detention Center.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/f37joyi9lkmbag5/Adelanto_Vlog_02.mp4?dl=0

Will you contribute right now? Your donation of any amount helps to tell this story. For a limited time, you can sign on as an ‘Associate Producer’ for a donation of $250 or more.

We’re sharing this behind the scenes Vlog with you right now because we need to tell this story, and we know we can count on you to help.

We still have more footage to document and stories to capture.

Donate $25 right now. All donations go toward the production of a new in-depth investigation into immigrant detention.

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Jim Miller, Executive Director
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