Grocery workers’ union reaches agreement hours before strike

October 22, 2013

Just two hours before grocery store workers were set to head to the picket lines, union representatives announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team,” the union wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Union members must still review and vote on the proposal. Until then, the statement said details of the agreement will not be released.

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Grocery strike is set to begin Monday evening

October 18, 2013

NEW – 8:10 p.m. Oct. 18, 2013

After months of negotiating and recent days of closed-door bargaining sessions with employers, grocery worker union representatives announced Oct. 18 they would begin striking in 72 hours, if no deal was reached.

The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, deny workers paid sick days and cut pay, including for those who work on holidays.

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Grocery store workers vote to authorize strike

October 1, 2013

Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties said they are prepared to go on strike, if employers don’t offer a fair proposal.

The workers are opposed to employer proposals that would stop health care coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week and deny workers paid sick days.

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Officials warn of measles exposure at Issaquah-area businesses

January 30, 2013

NEW — 5:10 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013

Customers at businesses in Klahanie could have been exposed to measles in recent days, local public health officials said Wednesday.

The case is the second person with confirmed measles in King County since Jan. 25. The infected person is a King County resident and contracted measles from a contagious traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the local resident might have exposed others to measles at QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center.

Measles is easily spread and highly contagious, although most people are immune to the disease due to vaccinations.

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Eastside Baby Corner seeks 2,000 pairs of children’s pants

September 4, 2012

Eastside Baby Corner’s third annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at its wareouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Last year, the organization, which distributes almost everything needy children need from birth to age 12, collected 1,000 pairs of pants. This year, the goal is 2,000.

The community is encouraged to donate new or gently used pants for children, sizes 5 to14.

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Issaquah plastic bag ban could go to voters for decision

June 19, 2012

Issaquah voters could decide on the plastic bag ban enacted by the City Council if a repeal measure launched by a Seattle resident qualifies for the ballot.

The campaign, called Save Our Choice, is modeled on a recent failed effort to repeal the Seattle plastic bag ban. Save Our Choice organizer Craig Keller is in the process of collecting signatures to put a repeal measure for the Issaquah ordinance on the November ballot.

In a 5-2 decision, Issaquah council members passed a plastic bag ban June 4. The decision came after a series of public meetings and a flurry of emails to elected officials.

The local business community offered a tepid response to the proposal, even as statewide environmental groups and regional plastic manufacturers sprung into action to defend and oppose the legislation. Read more

City Council bans plastic bags at Issaquah retailers

June 12, 2012

Ordinance goes into effect for most businesses in March 2013

Issaquah joined a string of cities along Puget Sound to outlaw plastic bags at local retailers June 4, after months of sometimes-acrimonious debate about adverse impacts to the marine environment and the regional economy.

In the end, concerns about the environment led the City Council to decide 5-2 to eliminate most retail uses for plastic bags. The legislation — and a 5-cent fee on paper bags — go into effect in March 2013 for most businesses.

The council listened to advocates from environmental groups and the plastics industry in public meetings throughout April and May, and then again before the decision.

The plastic bag ban sponsor, Issaquah Highlands entrepreneur and City Councilman Mark Mullet, presented the legislation as a way to reduce the estimated 10 million plastic bags the city sends to the King County landfill each year.

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Pharmacies offer inexpensive whooping cough vaccine

June 5, 2012

Local pharmacies joined a Public Health – Seattle & King County effort to combat the whooping cough epidemic in Washington by offering inexpensive vaccines to people without health insurance.

Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer inexpensive adult whooping cough booster shots, known as the Tdap vaccine. The vaccination program is made available with assistance from the AmeriCares patient assistance program, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program.

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 14 and older. QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 11 and older.

Pharmacies and health care providers may charge a fee up to $15.60 to administer the whooping cough, or pertussis, vaccine. In comparison, the normal cost of Tdap without insurance ranges from $60 to $100. People unable to afford the administration fee can ask to have the fee waived.

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for infants, especially children too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

Issaquah pharmacies offer inexpensive whooping cough vaccine to uninsured patients

May 30, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. May 30, 2012

Local pharmacies joined a Public Health – Seattle & King County effort to combat the whooping cough epidemic in Washington by offering inexpensive vaccines to people without health insurance or patients unable to afford the vaccine.

Local QFC and Bartell Drugs pharmacies offer inexpensive adult whooping cough booster shots, known as the Tdap vaccine. The vaccination program is made available with assistance from the AmeriCares patient assistance program, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program.

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 14 and older. QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., offers the low-cost vaccine to patients 11 and older.

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Issaquah liquor store closes before changeover

May 29, 2012

The state-run liquor store in Issaquah closed May 29, as the Washington State Liquor Control Board prepares to shift stores from public to private ownership.

Under a state law approved by voters last year, liquor sales by private entrepreneurs can start June 1.

The board auctioned the rights to entrepreneurs to sell liquor at the state-run store in Town & Country Square along Northwest Gilman Boulevard last month. State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000.

“There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership,” Chris Liu, director of retail services for the liquor authority, said in a statement.

The availability of liquor in Issaquah is poised to expand beyond a single storefront.

Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Front Street Market, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, QFC, Walgreens and Costco received licenses to sell liquor.

QFC received licenses for the Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Klahanie stores.

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