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Archive for: January, 2017

In this Washington, keep moving forward with paid family leave

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 26, 2017) — Nobody likes broken promises. And for the last year, there’s been a lot of promises about lifting up working families and building a better economy. Now, it’s too early to call promises broken. But it’s not too early to say that the first few moves from the new […]

Resisting Trump, profiles in courage, divided we beg, alternate Jimmy…

Thursday, January 26, 2017   IMMIGRATION   ► From The Hill — Trump signs orders on border wall, immigration enforcement ► In today’s NY Times — Trump blocks Syrian refugees, orders Mexican border wall ► From Huffington Post — Read draft text of Trump order limiting Muslim entry ALSO at The Stand — WSLC: Trump’s […]

WSLC: Trump’s immigration orders ‘bring shame to the U.S.’

SEATTLE (Jan. 26, 2017) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed Wednesday on building a U.S.-Mexico border wall and threatening to withhold funds from “sanctuary cities” who do not enforce new, stricter immigration/deportation laws, plus leaked drafts of impending […]

Benton bumbles, government gagged, Puzder’s poverty pay…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017   LOCAL   ► From AP — Boeing sees more airliner deliveries, lower defense revenue — The Boeing Co. beat Wall Street expectations for fourth-quarter profit despite a slump in revenue from its defense business. The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries of commercial airplanes will rise slightly in 2017 after slipping […]

Strong support in Olympia for Equal Pay Opportunity Act

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2017) — The House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee heard compelling testimony Tuesday from advocates, workers and business owners in support of two bills intended to help close the gender pay gap. HB 1506, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), addresses income disparities, employer discrimination and […]

Racist RTW, two beachheads, New Media Upside Down…

Tuesday, January 24, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Misnamed ‘right-to-work’ laws exploit workers (by Linda Averill and Kirk Duncan) — Jeff Rhodes of the Freedom Foundation wrote that working folks should rejoice because right-to-work “protections” will soon be coming to Washington. But make no mistake, the protections would not benefit […]

TPP officially dead amid calls for trade rules benefiting workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2017) — President Donald Trump formally abandoned the embattled Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, a proposed 12-nation deal on trade and corporate rights dubbed “NAFTA on steroids” that was negotiated and signed by the Obama administration in October 2015. Facing opposition from both the political left and right, the controversial deal lacked […]

Women march, GOP on repeat, insurers profit…

Monday, January 23, 2017   WOMEN’S MARCHES     ► In the Seattle Times — Record Seattle crowd asserts women’s rights: ‘Trump has galvanized everybody’ — The organizers originally thought 50,000 people would show up Saturday to the Womxn’s March on Seattle to demonstrate their opposition to the country’s newly sworn-in president. In the end, […]

Together, we made history at women’s marches. What’s next?

By LYNNE DODSON “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we stand.” — Audre Lorde SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — I’ve struggled to remain hopeful over the past months since election day. However, two […]

Two faces of democracy and a litmus test

By JEFF JOHNSON SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — Over this past weekend, the United States once again witnessed the peaceful democratic transition of power from one administration to another. But this wasn’t the real story. Nor was the real story the administration’s obsession with size, whether hands or audience. The real story over the weekend […]


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