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Norwegian Air permit decision ‘slap in the face’ to U.S. workers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2016) — Negative reaction was swift and harsh after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has awarded Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit to operate in the United States. Domestic airlines, unions and many lawmakers opposed as unfair competition, including Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) who […]

What you can do if you are targeted at work

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The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Dec. 1, 2016) — Since Donald Trump won the election, nearly 900 incidents of violence, hate speech and harassment have been reported. In light of these attacks, it’s important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the […]

Texas judge blocks overtime pay raises for millions of Americans

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The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Nov. 28, 2016) — In a shocking and wrongly-decided opinion, a U.S. district court judge in the Eastern District of Texas has taken away overtime protection from millions of American workers. Judge Amos Mazzant issued an injunction Nov. 22 to stop President Obama administration’s update of federal overtime eligibility […]

WFTC: Path forward on trade is pursuing policies that benefit all

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SEATTLE (Nov. 21, 2016) — The following statement has been posted by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: The announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be tabled indefinitely was a testament to the growing resentment. Decades of “free-trade” have padded the wealth and influence of the 1% across the globe, while leaving communities, workers, and […]

For 3rd straight year, USPS posts an operating profit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Postal Service released its annual report on Tuesday, and as always, news coverage would have you believe that the agency is losing money at breakneck speed and in crisis. That’s completely untrue, but happening by the design of Congress. Tuesday’s report shows a $610 million operating profit […]

AFL-CIO will work with Trump, but won’t sacrifice values

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 9, 2016) — The following statement was issued today by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken. The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump. More than anything, this election is an […]

How to fly union: Just avoid Delta, JetBlue

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The following is crossposted (with permission) from the Northwest Labor Press. (Nov. 3, 2016) — At a time when just 6.7 percent of America’s private sector workers belong to a union, passenger airlines are one of the few remaining heavily-unionized industries. Three of the top four carriers are at or above 80 percent unionized. Their […]

Organize now to oppose lame-duck TPP

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(Oct. 27, 2016) — Advocates for trade policies that bolster people and not just profits have successfully stalled a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than a year and a half, but TPP proponents have pledged an all-out last ditch fight in the post-election lame-duck session of Congress. Momentum to reject and renegotiate the […]

Heck: NO on TPP, time to rethink trade deals

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UPDATED (Oct. 24, 2016) — Updated to includes comment from WSLC President Jeff Johnson. OLYMPIA (Oct. 21, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-10th) announced Friday that he intends to vote “no” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if it is brought up during the lame-duck session of Congress or thereafter until his concerns are addressed […]

McMorris Rodgers’ continued support of Trump is ‘shameful’

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(Oct. 12, 2016) — Following is a statement released Tuesday by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: “It’s downright shameful that Cathy McMorris Rodgers continues to support Donald Trump. “Other Republicans in this state and across the country have rightly repudiated Trump for his unacceptable behavior. This is a man who […]

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