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The Janus case: What it is, who’s behind it

The following article by Don McIntosh appears in the Northwest Labor Press: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Less than two weeks from now — Feb. 26 — the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the most significant labor law case in decades. In Janus v. AFSCME, a lawyer for an anti-union group will argue that requiring union-represented […]

Biggest gains in unions are young workers

The following is from the Economic Policy Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 30, 2018) — Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on changes in union membership from 2016 to 2017. It was good news for workers, as the total number of union members grew by 262,000 in 2017. Three-fourths of these gains (198,000) were among […]

Building Trades’ Martinez will join Kilmer at State of the Union

Congressman wants to highlight need for investments in infrastructure   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) — Rep. Derek Kilmer has announced that he will bring the President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Martinez, to advocate for infrastructure investments and the jobs that come with them at President Donald Trump’s first […]

Trump’s Labor Dept. wants to let bosses confiscate workers’ tips

(Jan. 24, 2018) — The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Donald Trump Labor Department is proposing a rule change that would mean that restaurant servers and bartenders could lose a large portion of their earnings. The rule would overturn one put in place by the Barack Obama administration, which prevents workers […]

Shutdown over, union hopes real governing can begin

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2018) — In response to Congress passing a short-term spending bill to re-open the federal government, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement: “Congress has ended a crisis of its own making, allowing the government to fully reopen after forcing a shutdown at […]

AFL-CIO to GOP Congress: Do your job, end shutdown

Trumka: ‘Irresponsible’ shutdown ‘shows total disregard for working people   The following statement was released Saturday by AFL-CIO Richard Trumka in response to the federal government shutdown: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 21, 2018) — When Washington politicians fail to govern, it’s working families across America who pay the price. Shutting down our government cripples our country […]

AT&T wireless workers approve contract setting new standards

The following news release was distributed today by the Communications Workers of America (CWA): (Jan. 12, 2018) — AT&T wireless workers approved a precedent-setting contract that rolls back offshoring and outsourcing and sets a new standard for wireless retail and call center jobs in America. The contract covers over 21,000 workers in 36 states. CWA […]

AFGE, members of Congress: No more pay cuts for federal workers

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 4, 2018) — The largest union representing federal government workers is echoing a call by 95 members of Congress to oppose further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits as part of any budget negotiations. Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jamie Raskin of […]

‘An absolute disgrace:’ GOP tax plan approved on party lines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2017) — The Republican-controlled Congress gave final approval this week to major legislation that rewrites the U.S. tax code in ways that permanently benefit corporations and the wealthy, while raising taxes on most Americans starting in 2027. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the bill will add $1.4 trillion to […]

Ads warn of GOP plan to cut Social Security, Medicare

Labor-sponsored ads cite Republican leaders’ intention to cut ‘entitlements’ to pay for tax cuts for the rich   UPDATE (Dec. 15, 2017) — This ad also appears in today’s edition of The Seattle Times. (Dec. 12, 2017) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, along with some of its affiliated unions and retiree advocacy groups, […]

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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