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Social Security works for America: Don’t cut it, expand it

New Trustees’ report underscores that its future is bright, with adjustments The following is from the Economic Opportunity Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2017) — Last week, the Social Security Trustees published their 269-page annual report on the health of the Social Security Trust Funds, which hold the assets that will help fund future retirement […]

Contact the FCC today to keep the Internet open to all

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2017) — Net neutrality. It’s the idea that the Internet should be open to everyone and that Internet Service Providers and telecom companies can’t block content or intentionally slow down load times for particular websites. This principle, which was initially approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010, is essentially that […]

Trumpcare analysis: 344,000 will lose coverage in Washington, while wealthy get $62K tax cut

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2017) — If the Republican health care bill known as Trumpcare becomes law, 344,400 people in Washington state will lose health insurance coverage by 2026, while an average of more than $62,000 in annual tax breaks will go to 8,160 households in the state with incomes higher than $1 million per […]

Senate Dems’ talkathon to decry GOP’s secret Trumpcare talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2017) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is spearheading a floor filibuster tonight to protest Senate Republicans’ continuing secret negotiations of their version of Trumpcare to repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Medicaid funding, and pass major tax cuts targeted to wealthy Americans. Senate Democrats are planning to hold their late-night talkathon […]

AFL-CIO describes how NAFTA could benefit working people

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2017) — On Monday, the deadline to submit public comment to the U.S. Trade Representatives regarding North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation, the AFL-CIO revealed an extensive set of recommendations that could turn NAFTA into a trade agreement that empowers working people. View 2-page Overview […]

Tell USTR: Put people over profits in NAFTA renegotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 8, 2017) — America’s labor movement has been a persistent and steadfast critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and similar trade deals that prioritize corporate profits and investors’ rights over the well-being of people. The Trump administration has formally announced that it intends to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA […]

Tell Congress: Don’t put economy at risk by deregulating banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2017) — The “Financial CHOICE Act” — or, more accurately, the Wrong CHOICE Act — is a plan to deregulate Wall Street that would put consumers, investors, and the entire financial system at risk of another 2008 financial crisis. It would gut Dodd-Frank financial reform and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection […]

America for sale — CHEAP! (Needs work.)

White House looks to sell off public assets to Saudi Arabia, rich investors   WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2017) — The Washington Post reports today that the Trump administration is drafting plans to privatize public assets, including airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities. President Trump’s budget proposal released on Tuesday would spend $200 […]

Trump budget ‘most significant betrayal yet of working people’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2017) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal: President Donald Trump’s budget is the most significant betrayal yet of the working people he claims to support. This budget is a blueprint for how to rig the rules of the economy to […]

Tell Senators: Oppose S. 1094 attack on VA workers’ rights

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2017) — Right now, the Senate is working on one of the most extreme anti-worker bills we’ve seen yet. This bill, S. 1094, attacks official time, one of federal employees’ core union rights. AFGE uses official time to help employees […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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