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Archive for: August, 2017

Security officers, supporters stage sit-in at Amazon HQ

The following is from SEIU Local 6: SEATTLE (Aug. 21, 2017) — On Friday, more than 50 tech workers, security officers, janitors, union members and community supporters held a sit-in at Amazon headquarters demanding that the tech giant hold Security Industry Specialists (SIS) — the contractor Amazon hired to protect its campus — accountable for […]

NAFTA 2.0: Take action to make it work for working people

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 21, 2017) — On Sunday, the opening round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded and not much is known about what was discussed, except that they are racing to meet a tight political calendar, and are set to reconvene Sept. 1-5 in Mexico, again later that month […]

Charlottesville: Only two sides on racism, right and wrong

(Aug. 14, 2017) — The following statement was issued by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO we want to send our condolences to the families of Heather Heyer and the two police officers who died in Saturday’s terrorist attack by white supremacists […]

WSLC publishes 2017 Legislative Report and Voting Record

Their work still unfinished, here’s what happened in their first four sessions   OLYMPIA (Aug. 11, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature still has business to conduct — with the state’s $4 billion capital budget being held hostage by Senate Republicans even after three overtime sessions over a rural waters rights bill — but the […]

‘Insubordination’ at Sarbanand, Trump’s clone in Spokane, Gentle Glen

Friday, August 11, 2017   NUCLEAR WAR   ► Today’s MUST-SEE from The Rachel Maddow Show   ► In today’s NY Times — Trump warns North Korea: U.S. Is ‘locked and loaded’ — For the third time in a week, President Trump suggested he was ready to strike the small, isolated Asian country that has […]

This Washington works to expand health care

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By KATHARINE WEISS Amid threats from the Republican Congress and Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Healthy Washington Coalition continued to prioritize affordable, accessible health coverage for all Washingtonians. […]

Who gets represented in rural communities?

Some Republicans are working hard to keep their constituents’ wages low   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By ERIC GONZALEZ Republicans offered a series of attacks on working families this session, some that impact the rural workforce in towns, cities and counties they represent. […]

Senate hears right-wing bills attacking public employee unions

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. It’s no secret that right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers bankroll foundations that are targeting unions for extinction. Millions of those dollars have found their way into Washington state at “think tanks” like the Freedom Foundation and the Washington […]

Senate GOP leaders are anti-labor extremists

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. In the Senate, there are 24 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and one guy who calls himself a Democrat but meets and votes with the Republicans. Given that fragile majority, it may come as a surprise that Republicans have chosen to […]

Senate Republicans’ right-to-work bill draws fire

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. In the end, more than 1,100 people signed in opposed to SB 5692. Just one person supported it. More than 1,000 union members and supporters, most of them members of building and construction trades unions from around the state, […]

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