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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, […]

Clean energy bill gets a hearing

But failure to act on climate change may push issue to 2018 ballot   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Despite having a federal government that refuses to acknowledge climate change, the coalition of unions, businesses, organizations and individuals that comprise the Alliance for Jobs […]

Voters approve ST3, GOP disapproves

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Conservatives in Olympia say every tax increase should be put to voters. And yet, even when that happens and voters say “yes,” those same politicians often seek to undermine the will of the voters. Last November, voters in the […]

As Boeing sheds jobs, still no accountability

Chicago jetmaker will soon seek more handouts in bidding for 797 work   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Since 2013, when the Legislature and The Boeing Co. extended an estimated $8.7 billion in tax incentives, instead of increasing employment in the state as our […]

No safety net for workers at nation’s most dangerous worksite

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By NICKOLAS A. BUMPAOUS “Imagine….. not being able to take your daughter to the fair, and see the look on her face the first time she gets to ride a pony, what it must feel like to know that […]

This is no way to govern

With state shutdown looming, budget deal reached in triple OT   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. PRESIDENTS’ COLUMN By JEFF JOHNSON For the past five years the Washington State Legislature has been locked in an ugly and unproductive game of brinkmanship that has cost […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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