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“Washington State’s water quality standards are not protecting you”

EPA, Washington State Department of Ecology: Reject Increased Cancer Risk Level; Approve New Fish Consumption Rate

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Native Americans

S. 3548, Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2012http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/s3548.pdf

GOP Ignores Environment and Native Americans to Pollute Lakes in Wisconsin                                                                   Native Americans in the Great Lakes region are concerned about proposals for mining in the area, which could create substantial pollution.
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                                    Deforestation. Palm oil. Mining. Oil and gas drilling. Although the tribes that call the Amazon home have lived in peace with the planet for centuries,…
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PLU adjunct faculty lose union vote, say they’ll try again

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in seattletimes.org Jan.15

Adjunct faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University, who won a precedent-setting national victory last month when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) endorsed their right to form a union, appear to have lost a vote to unionize.

The faculty group announced Wednesday that they were withdrawing a petition to form a union, but say they’ll likely attempt a new vote later this year.

The decision comes a week after the impounded ballots from the election — which was held in October 2013  — were finally counted. The vote was 54 votes against union representation and 30 votes in favor, but 38 votes were uncounted because they were challenged by either PLU or the contingent faculty.

The uncounted ballots were impounded immediately after the election when PLU appealed to the NLRB, arguing the school was exempt from national labor rules because it is a religious institution, and because full-time contingents (as adjuncts are called at PLU) were managerial employees.The NLRB, in its decision last month, rejected those arguments.

“The election was hopelessly flawed so we decided a new vote was the best course of action,” said Jane Harty, a contingent music teacher at the university, in an email. She said there were so many challenges to the ballots that it “would be very expensive and take months to contest” the challenges to the ballot.

PLU Provost Steven Starkovich said the university would try to address the contingents’ concerns through its faculty governance committee and a task force of contingents. “As we have stated before, we believe our robust, general-assembly style of faculty governance can serve as a model for other universities,” he said in a statement.

Adjunct faculty make up at least half the higher-education workforce nationwide, according to some studies. They are not eligible for tenure and teach anything from one class each quarter to a full-time slate of courses. They usually make less money than tenured professors and often have fewer benefits.


Call Tom Cotton at 202-224-2353202-224-2353 ~~ Jon Soltz, VoteVets.org

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Since General Eaton’s letter, over 30,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters have signed our petition expressing their disappointment with Tom Cotton’s mutinous letter to Iran’s leaders.

Now he needs to hear your voice.

Call Senator Cotton’s D.C. office at 202-224-2353 and let him know that you support a diplomacy-first approach to disabuse Iran of their nuclear ambitions. Report on your call when it’s complete.

A few very important notes:

1. If you’re a veteran or military family member, please be sure to indicate that when you begin the conversation.

2. Be brief, polite, and courteous when you call. You’re probably talking to a hard-working staff member and others are trying to call, many with local concerns.

3. Above all else, make sure you let the staffer know you disapprove of Senator Cotton’s letter and that you’ll be following this issue with interest.

Thanks for making the call,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman

Raped and no right to choose — 24 hours to help

A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. Now pregnant, the government denied her the abortion she asked for — but Congress is reconsidering the law in a special session this week, and it could turn the tide. Let’s launch a massive global outcry so this child, and thousands like her, will have a choice: