May 13, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
Dozens of students will address Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise tomorrow as they seek to pressure him into allowing a union vote for contingent faculty members. Krise has maintained his opposition to a vote, in the face of growing support from students and permanent faculty members on campus.
“President Krise calls us a ‘University of the First Rank,’ and says we’re supposed to value collaboration and democracy,” said PLU student Kenny Stancil. “Yet when our contingent faculty want to vote on whether they should be in a union, his administration takes action to prevent them from doing so. I think until this vote happens, we should all be ashamed. We’re not living up to what he says we represent.”
PLU relies on a large group of highly trained contingents, who make up nearly half the total faculty. They include lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors, clinical faculty, visiting faculty and resident faculty. Contingent faculty members, who have been asking since April 11 for a vote, earn only a fraction of what tenured professors make teaching the same course load, and their employment is tenuous. Following a series of legal objections filed by the university, the National Labor Relations Board is set to rule next week on whether PLU is required by law to allow contingent faculty to decide their own fate with a unionization vote.
“Half of our faculty is really struggling to maintain the high standard of teaching that we have imposed on ourselves, and for which PLU is well-known,” said Dr. Jane Harty, Senior Lecturer in Music. “Yet, for too long we have not been offered fair pay, job security, or access to benefits. Forming a union will help us to maintain those high standards of teaching so that we can better serve our students. It will also help us to honor our own remarkable mission statement as an institution, to serve others and our community.”
Krise has maintained that he is not required to allow a vote based on PLU’s standing as a religious organization, despite the fact that similar universities have recently allowed votes. On April 26 contingent faculty at Georgetown University, a Catholic affiliated university, for example, voted to form a union with the full support of university management.
By Published in the Tacoma Weekly
May 13, 2013 @ 8:09 am
The seventh annual Arlington Northwest Memorial Display will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 this year once again at Cummings Park at 3939 Ruston Way.
The collection of symbolic grave markers will be hosted by Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma. The project is assisted by the group called “Federal Way Matters”, who have been involved in local peace activities for a number of years.
The assembly and break-down of the display has in the past been aided by Veterans for Peace volunteers from Bremerton, Port Townsend, Seattle, and Olympia. Volunteers are welcome to join set-up at dawn on Saturday morning, May 25 at 7 am, and break-down at dusk on the evening of Tuesday, May 28.
Chapter Vice-President Dave Dittemore will perform “Taps” on the hour on his trumpet, throughout each day of the display. The purpose of this educational event is to display the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and make it more meaningful to all who see it. The memorial this year will also include recognition of civilian deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as suicides of American servicemen.
Admission is free to the public from dawn to dusk. This is a non-political display intended to inspire consideration on who pays and who profits from wars.
If you would like to help, or for further information, contact Dave Dittemore, chapter vice-president, at (253) 590-8501.
May 10, 2013 @ 1:50 pm
Korean Women’s Association (KWA) is partnering with Home Depot, Work Source, Work Force Central and American Medical Rental & Supply to present the KWA Hiring Fair 2013 on Wednesday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Work Force Central, located at 3650 S. Cedar St. Tacoma, WA 98409.
More than 100 caregiver positions are available and need to be filled immediately. “This is an awesome opportunity to provide much needed jobs in Pierce County,” said Pete Ansara, executive director of KWA.
This event’s focus is not only finding quality caregivers, but to show interested parties what a day in the life of a caregiver looks like. There will be stations set up for attendees to participate in practice activities that would occur in a home-care situation. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about this hands-on position to help determine if this job is a good fit. All medical equipment is provided by American Medical Rental & Supply.
KWA will have onsite hiring confirmation for qualified candidates. Attendees should bring: three references (at least one employer), job history with contact information, Washington State driver’s license and proof of car insurance (attendees name listed).
Pierce County is still experiencing a 10.4 percent unemployment rate with 41,080 out of work; KWA’s desire is to increase the number of employed residents in Pierce County.
May 10, 2013 @ 12:27 pm
On Wednesday, May 15, Downtown On the Go will be holding a free Brewery Walk from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. led by Michael Sullivan, local Historian with Artifacts Consulting. The walk, sponsored by Union Bank, will highlight the history of Tacoma’s Brewery District along a 1.5 mile route starting at the top of the UWT stairs at S. 19th & Jefferson. After the walk, participants are invited to enjoy a beer at one of Tacoma’s local breweries, the Harmon Brewery & Eatery. There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join us at the meeting spot.
The Brewery Walk is part of Downtown On the Go’s 2013 Walk Tacoma series sponsored by Franciscan Health System. It is an eight-event walking series held on the first and third Wednesdays, from April through August. The fun, themed walks, now in their fourth year, encourage downtown employees and residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors by discovering the different walking routes and parks in downtown Tacoma. The walks are scheduled at the lunch hour and just after work to encourage downtown employees to walk during their workday, whether it is to and from work, at a lunch break, or to a nearby meeting.
Walking maps of the routes are available at no cost at Downtown On the Go (950 Pacific Ave, Suite 300), at many downtown businesses, or by contacting Meagan Kula, Downtown On the Go Coordinator, at 253-682-1734 or email@example.com.
For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series, visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
By Published in the Tacoma Weekly
May 10, 2013 @ 9:57 am
At 9:16 a.m. on May 9, Tacoma firefighters from stations 2,8,9,11,12 and 15 responded to a reported dryer fire at 2102 E. George St.
The first arriving engine company reported dark smoke and flames showing from the back of the house. Crews attacked the fire that had spread throughout the laundry room, searched to confirm no one was inside the structure and ventilated the smoke.
All occupants were able to escape safely and there were no injuries to report.
The cause of the fire was an mechanical malfunction of a clothes dryer, resulting in an estimated $17,000 damage to the building and its contents.