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Student employees hail major NLRB ruling

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‘Today’s ruling is a win for those of us who know that we are workers.’   The following is from UAW Local 4121: SEATTLE (Aug. 24, 2016) — In a 3-1 decision on Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a 2004 decision and ruled that Graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants at private […]

VoteVets launches campaign against privatization of veterans’ care

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The following is from VoteVets.org: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 24, 2016) — The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets Action Fund, launched a $460,000 ad campaign on Tuesday, aimed at pressuring Congress to oppose any move to privatize veterans’ health care.  The ad, titled “Promise,” will run on national cable television for one week, as […]

‘Rock Against the TPP’ teach-in explains dangers of trade pact

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SEATTLE (Aug. 22, 2016) — On Friday at the ShowBox, musicians and activists gathered to use the power of music to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Digital activist group Fight For The Future organized Rock Against the TPP, which brought its free national tour to Seattle to raise awareness about the massive 12-nation trade […]

Oregon’s Schrader, other Dems seek to delay OT rule changes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 17, 2016) — Overtime rules can be a powerful way to prevent working people from getting overworked without getting paid more for their additional effort. Such rules protect both working people and their families, but the federal rules on overtime are out of date and don’t protect nearly enough Americans. That’s why […]

Study grades Washington “B-” for enacting laws to help parents

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The following is from the National Partnership for Women & Families: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 8, 2016) — A new state-by-state analysis released in conjunction with the 23rd anniversary of the day the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) took effect shows that few states have expanded upon the FMLA’s unpaid leave protections or adopted […]

As TPP opposition mounts, nothing but crickets from Wash.

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 4, 2016) — As alarming as this presidential campaign has been, advocates for fair trade policies can thank this election season for refocusing popular opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other NAFTA-like “free trade” deals. However, as political leaders and pundits have now all but written off […]

Report: 1/3 of manufacturing workers on public assistance

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The following is from UAW: BERKELEY, Calif. (July 15, 2016) — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University […]

Talib Kweli to perform Aug. 19 in Seattle for Rock Against the TPP

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SEATTLE (July 6, 2016) — Internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will perform with a full live band at a free concert at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 19 to raise awareness about the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, an anti-democratic “trade” deal that was negotiated in secret with hundreds of […]

U.S. must stop NAI flag-of-convenience plan

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The following is from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA): (June 29, 2016) — In the United States and much of the rest of the world, international aviation regulations have traditionally required aircraft to be registered (“flagged”) in the home country of its owners and regulators. This system encourages best practices in safety and prohibits […]

Watch AFL-CIO’s ‘Trading Up’ conference in DC

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  The following is from AFL-CIO Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist Celeste Drake: (June 28, 2016) — Today, the AFL-CIO is hosting a conference examining all aspects of U.S. trade policy. It’s called “Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance and Security in U.S. Trade Policy,” and it features leading thinkers on trade policy […]

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