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Gov. Inslee wary of expanding investor rights in trade deals


OLYMPIA (Dec. 16, 2014) — Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter last week to U.S. trade negotiators expressing concerns about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), a controversial provision in three major pending trade agreements. ISDS is a legal provision that has been quietly included in trade agreements over the last few decades that significantly expands the […]

New rule to reduce delays to union elections


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take […]

Federal spending bill includes TAA; Dems press for renewal


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The omnibus federal spending bill released late Tuesday reportedly includes money to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance that would effectively keep the aid program, scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, running for another year. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sander Levin (D-MI) — as well as 30 […]

San Francisco leads the way on fair scheduling in retail


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 3, 2014) — This city has taken a big step in the right direction by passing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will end abusive scheduling practices and improve work environments for more than 40,000 workers at 1,250 locations in the city. The bill still […]

Labor leaders hail Obama immigration order


(Nov. 21, 2014) — Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement Thursday night in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of an executive order on immigration: President Obama’s executive order creating administrative relief for up to five million immigrant workers is truly a ray of hope in what […]

Smith, Kilmer urge swift renewal of TAA by year’s end


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2014) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Thursday introduced a Senate companion bill to the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Charles B. Rangel (D-MI). These bills would renew TAA, which is set to expire on Dec. […]

How Walmart destroyed U.S. manufacturing


The following article by Molly McGrath and Brad Markell is crossposted from AFL-CIO Now: (Nov. 17, 2014) — Walmart has spent millions of dollars in the past two years on public relations promotions, advertising and conferences, trying to convince us that it, well, cares about America. From championing hiring veterans (which is noble, yes, but […]

Amid rallies against cuts, Postmaster resigns


(Nov. 14, 2014) — Those participating in today’s rallies in Seattle, Tacoma, Wenatchee and across the nation to oppose additional cuts at the U.S. Postal Service, now have something to celebrate. U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced this morning that he is stepping down, effective Feb. 1, 2015. That’s welcome news for the unions representing […]

Labor, allies will combat assaults on wages, Trumka says


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don’t pass. He […]

Postal banking system makes more sense than USPS cuts


The following is from the Center for Economic and Policy Research: (Nov. 12, 2014) — The Washington Post called for further cuts to the Postal Service and implicitly cuts in pay and benefits in an editorial today. There are two points worth noting on its proposed agenda. First, the Postal Service has already experienced enormous […]


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