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NO Fast Track: Responding to the response

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Arguments for speeding more-of-the-same trade deals don’t hold up   By STAN SORSCHER (May 5, 2015) — Thank you very much if you have called your member of Congress to urge him or her to oppose “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority. If you haven’t called Congress yet, what are you waiting for? It is an […]

Trumka: Show us the ‘raising wages’ agenda

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In frank speech, AFL-CIO president says Americans  skeptical about both parties   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015) — As the 2016 presidential battle begins, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered a important speech this morning to say that, after nearly two generations of national leaders pursuing policies that have “either worsened inequality or nibbled around the […]

McDermott thanked for opposing Fast Track in committee vote

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(April 27, 2015) – The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding Congressman Jim McDermott’s “no” vote and rejection of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority was released Monday. For the past nine months labor and community members have been organizing, educating, and speaking out against Trade Promotion Authority […]

Washington State Democrats: NO on Fast Track!

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The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: (April 24, 2015) — In Washington state, opposition continues to mount against granting President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In addition to the city councils, labor unions, environmental organizations, civic groups, and small business owners that are all urging the […]

Massive Washington state coalition: ‘NO on Fast Track!’

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(April 22, 2015) — An unprecedented coalition of more than 100 labor unions, environmental groups, community organizations, small businesses and other civic groups have joined forces to urge Washington’s Congressional delegation to oppose granting Trade Promotion Authority, known as “Fast Track,” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other NAFTA-style trade agreements. A Fast Track proposal […]

WSLC’s Jeff Johnson: Stop the Fast Track to lower wages

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(April 16, 2015) — In response to introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation — also known as “Fast Track” — in the U.S. Senate today, Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson issued the following statement: “Workers across Washington are standing up for higher wages, but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven […]

Send a message to Congress urging vote against ‘Fast Track’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2015) — When Congress returns from its Easter/Passover recess, it will continue its debate on Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and try to rush it to a vote as soon as possible. That’s why your lawmakers need to hear from you that Fast Track is a mistake we […]

T-Mobile illegally blocked union organizing efforts, NLRB rules

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The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (March 20, 2015) — A judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday found T-Mobile U.S. guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations against workers. The unprecedented ruling comes after a rare move last year by the NLRB consolidating multiple complaints against T-Mobile U.S. for illegal […]

No deal yet! Rally Saturday with Anacortes refinery strikers

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UPDATE (March 13, 2015) — PICKET HELP – Although the USW and Shell have a tentative deal (see below) on a national oil refinery agreement, THE STRIKE CONTINUES at Tesoro in Anacortes, Wash. Local bargaining continues over unresolved issues, including the company’s demand to take control of the employees’ health care plan. So now more than […]

Respect pickets: Building Trades, USW resolve refinery issues

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ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2015) — The following Joint Statement from Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, was released today: There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding the scope of our members’ work. […]

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