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Participate in Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 14

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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. […]

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

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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

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(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

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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 […]

At White House event, Kilmer touts PLAs as ‘win for everybody’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2016) — On Monday, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Celia Munoz at the White House with a local building trades leader Lee Newgent, members of Congress, and other officials for a meeting on growing […]

A major victory for workers, strong unions on Friedrichs

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Split Supreme Court turns back right-wing Friedrichs attack on labor   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2016) — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced a 4-4 tie decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. It’s a major victory for organized labor and advocates for collective bargaining in a case brought by right-wing conservatives that threatened to […]

Tell Labor Dept. to quickly implement overtime pay rule

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 23, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor has sent the long-overdue, much-needed update in overtime pay rules to the Office of Management and Budget to prepare for its final implementation. Unfortunately, conservatives in Congress are eager to steal this victory from America’s working families by running out the clock on one of […]

‘Consensus nominee’ Garland faces GOP’s political blockade

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EDITORIAL (March 17, 2016) — On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. The president did his job by selecting an exceptionally well-qualified nominee. So now it’s time for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to do […]

New Murray legislation aims to crack down on wage theft

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act on Wednesday, legislation to crack down on employers who engage in wage theft. This bill would give workers the right to receive full compensation for […]

Trade deficits with TPP ‘partner’ nations cost 2 million U.S. jobs

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand (March 4, 2016) — A new analysis released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that trade deficits between the United States and the 11 other countries in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership cost 2 million U.S. jobs in 2015, more than half of which were in manufacturing. The report found […]

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