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Tell AT&T: Keep good jobs here in America

The following is a message from AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre: (Feb. 21, 2017) — This month, 21,000 working people at AT&T’s wireless division voted to authorize a strike. It wasn’t an easy choice. No one wants to go on strike, but they needed to send a message to AT&T because the company is […]

Puzder withdraws; ‘great news’ for workers, says Trumka

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) — Fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder announced Wednesday that he will withdraw from consideration for Labor Secretary, a move immediately hailed by the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as “great news for everyone who wants an America where wages rise, benefits are strong and unions are growing.” Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, […]

What immigrants should know amid stepped-up ICE raids

The following is from the National Immigration Law Center. The NILC website has a versión en español — Chinese:* Traditional • Simplified (PDF) — Arabic* (PDF) — Korean* (PDF): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2017) — There have been numerous reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) arresting people across the United States. Specifically, we have heard reports of […]

Murray: Labor pick is ‘uniquely unqualified’

U.S. Senator said Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder’s dismissive comments about workers, revelations about unpaid taxes, and multiple potential conflicts of interest have “compromised” his potential role in Cabinet.   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2017) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), top Democrat on the Senate labor committee, held a press conference in the U.S. […]

After strike vote, AT&T workers rallying for fair contract

SEATTLE (Feb. 10, 2017) — As the nationwide contract covering more than 21,000 workers expires tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 11), AT&T wireless retail, call center and field workers will rally outside the Tukwila retail store 11 a.m. today (Friday) and the Bothell Call Center at 12:30 p.m. to call on AT&T executives to work with them […]

WSLC proudly supported suit against Trump’s Muslim ban

OLYMPIA (Feb. 6, 2017) — With its successful legal appeal of Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban executive order, Washington state has become what The Washington Post called “the epicenter of resistance to Trump’s agenda.” “Acting swiftly and with a united front, leaders from the Evergreen State have marshaled a powerful resistance to Trump’s administration — […]

Attacking immigrants, refugees hurts us all, Trumka says

(Feb. 1, 2017) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement Tuesday on President Trump’s immigration executive orders. President Donald Trump has announced three executive orders addressing immigration that are an affront to core union and American values. Building a wall on our border, scapegoating immigrants and refugees, and shutting out people of Muslim […]

Court nominee Gorsuch’s record on worker rights deeply troubling

The following is from the AFL-CIO: (Feb. 1, 2017) — There is much at stake for working families in filling this Supreme Court vacancy. The Court rules on whether we are paid properly for the time we work; we have jobs to return to after caring for a sick family member; we are safe on […]

Trump’s federal hiring freeze is killing jobs, hurting vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 31, 2017) — Last week, President Donald Trump instituted a federal hiring freeze with no end in sight. Beyond this, he directed the Office of Management and Budget to develop a long-term plan to reduce the federal workforce through attrition. Here are six facts you need to know about the hiring freeze: 1. This plan takes […]

Trump’s Muslim ban ‘fans flames of racism, xenophobia’

(Jan. 30, 2017) — The following statement was issued Monday by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: President Trump’s Executive Order on Friday de facto banning Muslims from certain Middle Eastern countries from entering/re-entering the country for 90 days went beyond the pale of common decency, human dignity, and further fans […]


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