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‘Blatantly political’ attack on working people

Public employee unions: Supreme Court’s Janus case will further rig U.S. economy against workers   WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2017) — The following statement was issued Thursday by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU — the nation’s four largest public sector unions — in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant […]

Seattle’s minimum wage hasn’t boosted grocery prices

SEATTLE (Sept. 26, 2017) — Back in June, the University of Washington issued a working paper about Seattle’s minimum wage increase that found more people were working in the city at more jobs for higher pay, but still managed to find fault by suggesting that workers’ hours may have been cut in the process. (That […]

Volunteer to help Manka Dhingra break the gridlock in Olympia

Union member volunteers are needed in critical State Senate race   KIRKLAND (Sept. 14, 2017) — A critical election this fall for state senator in the 45th Legislative District — which includes Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall and surrounding King County communities — could break the gridlock in Olympia that has stymied progress on funding public education, […]

WSLC: ‘We stand tall with the DREAMers’

(Sept. 6, 2017) — The following statement was released Tuesday by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding President Trump’s announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA): The AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO support the DACA program and the 800,000 DREAMers who […]

Labor Day: Why we continue to join together

The following guest column appears in today’s edition of The Seattle Times. By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 4, 2017) — My sisters and I grew up during the 1950s and 1960s in a single-parent household on Long Island, New York. Mom worked as a secretary for the local Chamber of Commerce and later as an aide […]

Celebrate the American worker on Sept. 4

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 4. This is a day to recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. As this Labor Day message sponsored by the Snohomish County Labor Council explains, “It is appropriate that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom […]

Buy union: Support good jobs as you celebrate Labor Day

The following is from Labor 411: Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer, and it shouldn’t take a lot of… er… labor to make it one to remember. There are plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday, from enjoying a parade and chilling at the beach to hanging around the campfire and grilling at […]

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 […]


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