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It’s time to fix America’s rigged economy


Following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2016) — It’s been more than eight years since Wall Street sent us into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Congress passed some important reforms to rein in Wall Street greed and excess, but we still have a long […]

Murray unveils bipartisan bill to strengthen apprenticeships


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate labor committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s workforce development system through registered apprenticeship programs. The EARNS Act would support pre-apprenticeship programs and […]

New overtime pay rule will mean raises for 4.2 million Americans


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2016) — At the direction of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor today unveiled new rules that will make millions more American workers eligible to receive overtime pay, effective Dec. 1, 2016. In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, and […]

State’s CEOs paid 190 times average rank-and-file worker


AFL-CIO’s 2016 Executive PayWatch highlights corporate pay inequality   SEATTLE (May 18, 2016) — CEO pay for major companies in Washington state continues to soar as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations who say they need to save money […]

Constituents to Kilmer: ‘TPP doesn’t make ¢ents for America’


TACOMA (May 11, 2016) — Constituents gathered outside a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th) at the Museum of Glass on Monday night with a handful of pennies and a message: “TPP Doesn’t Make ¢ents for America.” They called on Kilmer to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would expand the […]

Participate in Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday, May 14


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is on May 14 this year. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. […]

Government contractors cut corners with dire consequences


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2016) — The decades-long experiment of contracting out public goods and services by governments, known as “privatization,” has often had dire consequences for the public, workers, and the environment. A report released last month, Cutting Corners: How Government Contractors Harm the Public in Pursuit of Profit, details the negative impacts on the public […]

Sen. Murray helps secure grants to assist state’s unemployed


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies — including about $9.2 million in Washington state — to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) programs for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Estimates based on the budgets in the past […]

Johnson: Court should uphold Obama’s immigration orders


(April 18, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement today: “The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive orders on DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action fort Childhood Arrivals). Twenty-seven states, […]

Verizon strikers are standing up for all working families


The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (April 15, 2016) — Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they’ve decided to take a stand to create a better workplace. They want to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful […]




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