Hospital workers ratify new contract

Hospital workers union SEIU Healthcare 1199NW has issued the following statement regarding ratification of a new contract with CHI Franciscan Health:

When patients, community members, and workers come together and stand up for quality healthcare, they can make a difference. After months of calling for CHI Franciscan to invest in Tacoma patients and a public hearing, an informational picket, and a one-day strike, workers at St. Joseph and St. Clare hospitals ratified their new contract at 8pm yesterday that includes a voice for improved staffing and wage and benefit improvements that will together translate to better front-line care. [Read more…]

Tax season prompts scam alerts

DuPont — As Washingtonians prepare for another tax season, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, along with several federal agencies—is reminding them to beware of scams and identity theft.

According to the Internal Revenue Service and BBB investigators, an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam continues to run rampant. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus identification badge numbers. Victims are told they owe money and must pay through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses, the scammers threaten with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver’s license. [Read more…]

Calling all 12s

DUPONT – Calling all 12’s. DuPont and JBLM are hosting a Seahawks rally this Saturday starting at 12:12pm in Ross Plaza. There will be free food for the kids and yummy treats from McNamara’s for the adults. There will be tons of entertainment and fun so come on out and bring your friends and family. An aerial shot of DuPont citizens forming a giant 12 will be taken so please come wearing blue or white.

City of Lakewood 12th Man Flag raising

When you’re the hometown of the player who made a historic touchdown catch to send his team to the Super Bowl, you wish the team luck in style.

And that’s exactly what the City of Lakewood is going to do this Friday, Jan. 30, two days before Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse and the Seattle Seahawks attempt to claim a second consecutive Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX. [Read more…]