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From Paris: ‘We are unstoppable. Another world is possible’

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from […]

Help Seattle for-hire drivers at hearing today

SEATTLE (Dec. 14, 2015) — Union members and community supporters are urged to attend today’s 2 p.m. hearing at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., at the Seattle City Council takes testimony and votes on a ground-breaking proposal that would provide collective bargaining rights for drivers-for-hire: those working for Uber and Lyft, taxi drivers and […]

Murray’s NCLB rewrite, flood emergency, Otis lives…

Thursday, December 10, 2015   EDUCATION   ► From AP — Education law rewrite passes Congress — Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s education law will now give states — not the U.S. government — authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating […]

Raise your voice! Participate in AFL-CIO constituency groups

(Dec. 10, 2015) — The AFL-CIO’s constituency groups are unions’ bridge to diverse communities, creating and strengthening partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families. These groups also promote the full participation of women and minorities in the union movement and ensure unions hear and respond to the concerns of […]

[Ambiguity] on human rights, Just Transition in latest draft

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from […]

Paid sick leave, taxing health care, The New Furor…

Wednesday, December 9, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s Bellingham Herald — Bellingham tells state lawmakers to pass paid sick leave — City Council will ask the state Legislature to require paid sick and safe leave rather than look to pass a rule locally. By a 5-2 vote Monday night, Dec. 7, the […]

‘If the planet were a bank, they would have already saved it’

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from […]

Now’s not the time for small steps on climate

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference, advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from a fossil […]

Kadlec strike vote, 747 lost and found, shame on Mitch…

Tuesday, December 8, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In the Statesman Review — Oregon union fight heats up — The Northwest Accountability Project has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service asking to have the Freedom Foundation’s tax-exempt charity status revoked. The complaint is intensifying the battle over public unions in Oregon and Washington, and was […]

IRS complaint: Freedom Foundation 501(c) status ‘bogus’

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: SEATTLE (Dec. 8, 2015) — A broad coalition of community organizations in Washington and Oregon announced Monday that they have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service, calling for an immediate investigation and repeal of the Freedom Foundation’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. “The Freedom Foundation is blatantly […]

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