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Archive for: March, 2014

Boeing limbo, desperation wages, ‘Lost’…

Friday, March 28, 2014   MUDSLIDE TRAGEDY   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — With 90 missing, search of debris field goes nonstop — They are searching for their own. Families and friends are desperate to find the ones who were home on a Saturday morning when the earth ripped open and crashed across so […]

NAFTA: 20-year legacy of middle-class harm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 28, 2014) — Twenty years later and what have we learned from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Nearly 700,000 U.S. jobs have been lost or displaced, union density in the United States, Mexico and Canada fell and income inequality has increased. The AFL-CIO’s new report, NAFTA at 20, discusses how current […]

Think what ‘less government’ means before you fight for it

By JOHN BURBANK (Mar. 28, 2014) — The Koch brothers are oil tycoons from Wichita. They inherited their oil company and initial wealth from their dad. They are multibillionaires intent on financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to elect politicians who want “less government.” Sometimes our mutual reliance on government becomes most clear in tragedy. The whole nation […]

Fast-tracking TPP would cost Oregon, nation even more jobs

By GREG PALLESEN (Mar. 28, 2014) — There are lots of reasons to believe the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement will be bad for Oregon’s working families. Leaked texts raise concerns about everything from higher medicine costs to lower environmental protections. Still, for most Oregonians, there is one TPP concern that likely rises […]

Disaster relief, SeaTac suit, $10.10 in CT, our oligarchy…

Thursday, March 27, 2014   MUDSLIDE TRAGEDY   ► In today’s Seattle Times — 90 may be missing in mudslide, officials announce — Even as Snohomish County officials adjusted downward the number of people missing after the deadly mudslide near Oso, the natural disaster will likely prove to be one of the worst in state […]

Rep. Smith co-sponsors bill to Scrap the Cap on Social Security

By ROBBY STERN (Mar. 27, 2014) — This past weekend, Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) announced at his town hall meeting that he would co-sponsor the Strengthening Social Security Act, HR 3118, becoming the third member of Washington’s Congressional delegation to support this legislation. Along with Reps. Jim McDermott (D-7th) and Rick Larsen (D-2nd), Smith has […]

‘Shift Change’ documentary to air on KCTS on Sunday, April 6

(Mar. 27, 2014) — Shift Change, the documentary film about worker-owned and cooperative businesses in the United States and Mondragon, Spain, will be showing on KCTS Channel 9 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Because KCTS-9 also broadcasts via KYVE-47 and various cable and satellite channels, Shift Change will be seen throughout the Northwest and […]

Carpe per diem, benefits of $15, Murray’s tax cut, DeMint ducks…

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   MUDSLIDE TRAGEDY   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Death toll rises to 24; no end in sight to grim search — Local, state and federal resources are focused now on looking for human life and finding others still trapped inside the square-mile field of devastation. No survivors have been […]

U.S. deportation policy immoral, inhumane

By JEFF JOHNSON (Mar. 26, 2014) — Can you imagine being separated from your family for months because a lapsed driver’s license led to an immigration status check? Can you imagine having seven minutes to make your case for staying in the country before being deported? Can you imagine be forced to work for a […]

IAM boosts Council FIRE, issues of America’s first inhabitants

(Mar. 26, 2014) — The labor movement has a strong record of advocating for minority groups and women with allied organizations like the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Kevin Cummings, Western […]


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