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DREAM nurse speaks out to save DACA

‘My patients do not care where I’m from when I’m taking care of them.’   By RUTH SCHUBERT Washington State Nurses Association WENATCHEE (Sept. 19, 2017) — Jessica Esparza says she’s here to stay. She wants to keep working as a registered nurse on the medical oncology unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She […]

Call Congress to stop latest health care attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2017) — They’re ba-ack. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are making a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the Sept. 30 deadline to do so through a simple majority party-line vote. The Graham-Cassidy bill is being marketed as a “moderate” approach, but it is just as cruel as […]

Murray’s new child care bill: ‘Right thing, smart investment’

The following is from the Office of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, on Thursday introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working […]

Tell Congress: NO on Trump’s corporate tax giveaway

By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) — After failing in their campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health care coverage for 23 million Americans — including 388,000 here in Washington state — President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are desperate for a legislative victory. Now they […]

Local Republicans attack prevailing wage standards

Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers vote to repeal construction wage standards   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 8, 2017) — As the U.S. House of Representatives has been voting this week on appropriations bills to keep the federal government running, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been attempting to amend every piece of legislation to undo Davis-Bacon protections that […]

WSLC: ‘We stand tall with the DREAMers’

The following statement was released Tuesday by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding President Trump’s announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA): The AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO support the DACA program and the 800,000 DREAMers who are American children and […]

NAFTA 2.0: Take action to make it work for working people

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 21, 2017) — On Sunday, the opening round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded and not much is known about what was discussed, except that they are racing to meet a tight political calendar, and are set to reconvene Sept. 1-5 in Mexico, again later that month […]

ILWU longshore workers ratify contract extension to July 2022

The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 7, 2017) — The ILWU’s Coast Balloting Committee confirmed today that West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have officially ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The Committee carefully reviewed balloting results […]

WSLC, AFL-CIO both support single-payer ‘Medicare for All’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2017) — Even as the labor movement has mobilized to successfully defend the Affordable Care Act from Republican efforts to dismantle it, the AFL-CIO has for the first time announced that its “core goal” is to enact a single-payer system. The labor movement’s goal, according to a new statement from the […]

Menzies refuses to honor IAM contract at Anchorage airport

ANCHORAGE — The International Association of Machinists (IAM) is asking for union members and community supporters to show solidarity with the working men and women at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in their fight for respect on the job. The union reports that a new out-of-state contractor, Menzies Aviation, is refusing to negotiate with fuelers, […]

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