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Archive for: January, 2017

The time has come for paid leave (WSLC Legislative Update)

After 10 years, a bipartisan effort on family, medical, military leave   OLYMPIA (Jan. 23, 2017) — In 2007, when Democrats controlled Washington’s House, Senate and Governor’s Office, they approved historic legislation to create a modest paid family leave program. It was intended to help new parents afford to take a few weeks off with […]

Support for family leave, ACA ‘saved the farm,’ Old Man done good…

Friday, January 20, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► From EOI — Strong show of support for paid family and medical leave in House Labor Committee hearing — HB 1116, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett), would allow all Washington workers to use extended paid leave for events like the birth of a child, a […]

Don’t destabilize our health care, economy by repealing ACA

(Jan. 20, 2017) — The following letter was sent this week to Washington’s congressional delegation. It was signed by dozens of organizations throughout the state that are deeply concerned that congressional threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, block-grant the Medicaid system, and undermine Medicare through the use of vouchers would erode and undermine the […]

Team Teresa, women stand up, big Trump cuts loom…

Thursday, January 19, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Labor leader Teresa Mosqueda announces run for Seattle City Council — Teresa Mosqueda, a labor-movement leader who helped write last year’s initiative to raise the state minimum wage, is running for Seattle City Council. Mosqueda is political-campaign director at the Washington State […]

Sub-minimum ‘training wage’ for teenagers is a bad idea

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2017) — Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1433, so our state minimum wage just rose to $11 per hour and will reach $13.50 in 2020. Amid today’s extreme income inequality, joining Washington in raising state minimum wages last fall were Arizona, Colorado and Maine, states that are both red […]

Still fuming, ‘engaging’ Trump, Jaime’s tap dance, hot in herre…

Wednesday, January 18, 2017   LOCAL   ► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Report: Hanford tank vapor concerns strong as ever — Little progress appears to have been made to address the concerns of union employees about exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to a new report. … “Many workers perceive […]

Urge our senators to oppose nominees Puzder, DeVos, Price

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) — As hearings continue for the President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to serve in his Cabinet — several of whom are clearly unfit for office — now is the time to weigh in with Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (or the senators from your state) in opposition to some […]

Inauguration Day rallies, women’s marches planned statewide

Citizens alarmed about this past election cycle and the impending presidency of Donald Trump are mobilizing across the nation to express their solidarity and their intent to protect human rights, support one another, and fight for social and economic justice. Following are some of the events planned for this weekend: (Please contact us if we […]

Rallying for health care, school funding, racial and social justice…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   HEALTH CARE   ► In the Seattle Times — With outrage and resolve, Seattle rally backs saving, improving Obamacare — Demanding to maintain and even expand health care for all, hundreds rallied in Westlake Park on Sunday as part of a national call to defend and improve Obamacare. U.S. Rep. […]

‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice’

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 17, 2017) — Yesterday the labor movement celebrated Martin Luther King Day with rallies, discussions, and working the State Legislature for policy changes to strengthen our communities. I have to think that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have greatly approved of people working for economic and social […]


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