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State’s Dems split on exempting tribal businesses from labor law


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2015) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act” (H.R. 511), legislation opposed by the AFL-CIO that strips National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protections from more than 600,000 workers at tribal enterprises on tribal lands. In the 249-177 vote, Washington Reps. Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck […]

Fill out, share AFL-CIO National Survey of Working Women


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2015) — It’s been more than five years since the AFL-CIO asked working women about their priorities and experiences. With the economy in slow recovery, a new wave of attacks on collective bargaining, and a presidential election on the horizon, working women’s voices are now more important than ever. Therefore, a new National […]

Sens. Murray, Cantwell propose to boost Social Security


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2015) — On Thursday, Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 14 of their colleagues introduced legislation to boost Social Security and other critical benefits for seniors, veterans and other Americans. The legislation follows last month’s announcement that there will be a zero cost-of-living adjustment in 2016, […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Will it help or harm people?


(Nov. 5, 2015) — Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Jeff Johnson and Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson released the following joint statement in response to today’s release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For years, this trade deal has been negotiated in secret, finally today the public will have a chance to see the […]

Weeks after a deal was reached, TPP is still secret


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Oct. 28, 2015) –It’s been 23 days since a deal was reached to reshape the rules governing roughly 40 percent of the global economy, but the public still isn’t allowed to see it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in fact, is still being kept secret from the members of Congress who […]

The top 10 unknown things about the TPP deal


(Oct. 12, 2015) — Trade ministers for the 12 Pacific Rim nations who have been negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) say they have reached an agreement. But nobody — not the public, not even Congress — has been allowed to read the secretive deal as it continues to get an international “legal scrubbing” to […]

The White House Summit on Worker Voice (video)


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 8, 2015) — On Wednesday, the White House and the Department of Labor brought together workers, labor leaders, advocates, forward-leaning employers, members of Congress, state and local officials, and others to highlight the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class. The White House Summit on Worker Voice provided a historic […]

Murray introduces WAGE Act to update, strengthen labor laws


UPDATE (Sept. 17, 2015) — Above is a photo of Rep. Bobby Scott, Sen. Patty Murray and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka from Wednesday’s press conference introducing the WAGE Act. And here is some of today’s media coverage: ► From AFL-CIO Now — Introducing the WAGE Act to strengthen the rights of working people — Today, […]

Save a life, oppose ’14-hour rule’ exemption for contract truckers


The following is from the American Postal Workers Union: (Sept. 15, 2015) — Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer — whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood. Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal […]

Meet Letty Mederos, Murray’s new Director of Labor Policy


(Sept. 14, 2015) — The following message is from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Letty Mederos, the new Director of Labor Policy for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. For those of you that have not yet met her, you are in for a […]


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