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Seattle minimum wage study tries to flip the script—and reality

Using contorted accounting, a new report on Seattle’s minimum wage aims to convince us that more jobs and higher wages are bad for us.   The following is from Working Washington: SEATTLE (June 29, 2017) — You may have seen a story or two about the latest anti-minimum wage study. This report finds Seattle has […]

Rally June 27 to tell Amazon: Pay fair share, stop shutdown

UPDATE — See WFSE’s video coverage of the rally outside Amazon HQ on June 27. SEATTLE — There are just five days left for the Washington State Legislature to agree on the 2017-19 budget before much of the state government shuts down on July 1. This extended political stare-down is costing precious taxpayer dollars and […]

People to Senate Republicans: Stop the state shutdown!

UPDATE (June 26, 2017) — There’s STILL no budget deal with just 5 days until the state shutdown. Call 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for your State Senator to STOP THE SHUTDOWN and pass a budget! The following is from the All In for Action coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and […]

Tell legislators: Stop this political nonsense, fund the contracts

State workers are getting layoff notices as Senate GOP refuse to do their job   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2017) — Washington state agencies have been instructed to plan for a partial government shutdown on July 1 because legislators are in a political standoff over the 2017-19 operating budget. In fact, amid a second overtime session […]

Unions to McMorris Rodgers: Shame on you

Nonpartisan analysis confirms costs of GOP health care bill   UPDATE (May 25, 2017) — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the health care bill confirms the harm the legislation, supported by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th), would do: at least 23 million fewer people with insurance over the next decade, steep premium increases […]

Celebrate Mom, support good union jobs while you’re at it

The following is from the AFL-CIO: You have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice gift for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out. If you want to […]

Flying blind, Republicans pass Trumpcare

McMorris Rodgers votes to slash health care to fund tax cuts for the rich   By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2017) — With a 217-213 vote on Thursday, House Republicans narrowly passed a controversial bill to approve hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts targeted to wealthy Americans, end Medicaid […]

40-hour workweek, overtime pay under attack by House Republicans

UPDATE (May 3, 2017) — On Tuesday afternoon, the House voted to allow private-sector employers to avoid paying overtime pay by offering “compensatory time” off, essentially eliminating the 40-hour workweek. The bill passed 229-197, largely along party lines. Washington Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert all voted to end […]

Join May Day marches for immigrant rights

‘May Day of Resistance’ in Seattle, plus events in Yakima and Olympia   (April 26, 2017) — Immigrant rights activists, union members and community supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers for May Day marches and actions in Seattle, Yakima and Olympia on Monday, May 1, International Workers Day. SEATTLE — El Comité […]

Help document May 1 actions by donating photos, video, signs

SEATTLE (April 24, 2017) — The University of Washington Labor Archives is documenting and collecting items from the upcoming May 1, 2017, marches in the Puget Sound region. We will have a table to collect items at the end of the march as well as sign-up sheets if you want us to collect your photos […]


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