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Jayapal unveils universal health care bill

State-based plan would allow flexibility for states to create own plans   SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th), joined by elected officials and community leaders, unveiled the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018 on Monday. This bill would allow states to develop their own plans to provide access to health […]

WSLC’s Dodson: ‘This is the time for bold action’ on health care

SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — At Monday’s press conference unveiling Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018, Washington State Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson delivered the following remarks: Thank you, Representative Jayapal, for your vision, passion for justice, and determination. You ensure everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has a voice and a […]

Social Security expansion ‘fully affordable,’ latest report shows

The following is from Social Security Works: WASHINGTON D.C. (June 11, 2018) — The 2018 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, released last week, shows that protecting and expanding Social Security benefits is fully affordable. This year’s report notes that Social Security has an accumulated […]

Union-buster Howard Schultz quitting day job, mulling politics

(June 5, 2018) — The following story was originally published in WSLC Reports Today, the Washington State Labor Council’s news service that preceded The Stand, and is no longer available online. (But we know a guy who has the archives.) This report is reposted in the context of Schultz’s announcement Monday that he will resign as “Executive […]

Boeing South Carolina unit votes to join together with IAM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 1, 2018) — Flight-readiness technicians and inspectors at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, S.C., voted 104-65 on Thursday to unionize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers despite intense opposition by the company. The Machinists Union welcomed their newest members with open arms and the following statements: Bob Martinez, Machinists […]

AFL-CIO: We’re saving a seat for you. JOIN A UNION!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The AFL-CIO on Wednesday announced a major national print and digital ad campaign calling on workers to join together in the face of continued corporate assaults on the freedom to join together in union. An open letter to working people, penned by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, is running in USA Today, the Washington […]

Rep. Pramila Jayapal defends unions amid Janus attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2018) — Last Friday on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th) delivered a passionate defense of organized labor, collective bargaining, and the societal benefits of strong unions in the context of the Supreme Court’s impending Janus decision. It’s a must-see. In social democracies where unions and public education are […]

Trump moves to silence federal employees

WASHINGON, D.C. (May 29, 2018) — In a classic pre-holiday Friday news dump, President Trump signed three executive orders late Friday undermining the rights of civil service workers by making it easier to fire federal employees, curtailing time they can be paid for union work, and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts. Here […]

Call Senators: Urge ‘NO!’ vote on VA privatization bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2018) — The U.S. Senate will vote this week on the VA Mission Act (S. 2372), a bill designed to dismantle and privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs. TAKE A STAND — This vote could come as soon as TODAY! So please call both of your U.S. Senators NOW at 833-480-1637 and tell […]

Farm bill cutting food assistance FAILS; state’s GOP reps vote yes

UPDATE (May 18, 2018) from the Washington Post — In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative Republican showdown — A sweeping farm bill failed in the House on Friday in a blow to GOP leaders who were unable to placate conservative lawmakers demanding commitments on immigration. The House leadership put […]


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