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The boys of the boardroom are gettin’ paid in Washington state


Washington’s CEOs paid 111 times more than the average worker   (May 18, 2015) — According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, S&P 500 CEOs in Washington state made an average of $5,597,954 in 2014 — 111 times more than the average worker, who made $50,578. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella topped the state’s 2014 […]

Why aren’t we allowed know what’s so ‘smart’ about TPP?


Local group aims to lift veil on new, ‘enforceable’ labor standards   (May 12, 2015) — Over the weekend, President Barack Obama again criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), for opposing his trade agenda, calling her “absolutely wrong” and, in a speech at Nike’s corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., saying she and other opponents of trade […]

Voters in Washington state oppose Fast Track, poll finds


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2015) — New polling of voters in 16 congressional districts released Thursday — including three in Washington state — finds significant public opposition in every single district to granting “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The new polling by Lake Research Partners also finds that voters in […]

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is this Saturday


The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 23rd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in […]

#BlackWorkersMatter shifts dialogue to jobs


(May 6, 2015) — The #BlackLivesMatter movement, founded after George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder in the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, has served as a focus point for protest and activism in response to the violent deaths of black people in Ferguson, in New York City, in Baltimore, and across America. But asserting that […]

Trumka: Show us the ‘raising wages’ agenda


In frank speech, AFL-CIO president says Americans  skeptical about both parties   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015) — As the 2016 presidential battle begins, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered a important speech this morning to say that, after nearly two generations of national leaders pursuing policies that have “either worsened inequality or nibbled around the […]

McDermott thanked for opposing Fast Track in committee vote


(April 27, 2015) — The following statement by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding Congressman Jim McDermott’s “no” vote and rejection of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority was released Monday. For the past nine months labor and community members have been organizing, educating, and speaking out against Trade Promotion Authority […]

Washington State Democrats: NO on Fast Track!

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The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: (April 24, 2015) — In Washington state, opposition continues to mount against granting President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In addition to the city councils, labor unions, environmental organizations, civic groups, and small business owners that are all urging the […]

Massive Washington state coalition: ‘NO on Fast Track!’


(April 22, 2015) — An unprecedented coalition of more than 100 labor unions, environmental groups, community organizations, small businesses and other civic groups have joined forces to urge Washington’s Congressional delegation to oppose granting Trade Promotion Authority, known as “Fast Track,” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other NAFTA-style trade agreements. A Fast Track proposal […]

WSLC’s Jeff Johnson: Stop the Fast Track to lower wages


(April 16, 2015) — In response to introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation — also known as “Fast Track” — in the U.S. Senate today, Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson issued the following statement: “Workers across Washington are standing up for higher wages, but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven […]


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