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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 […]

AFGE slams anti-union VA bill as ‘political witch hunt’

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2017) — In response to H.R. 1461, as amended by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, passing through the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement: “We […]

AT&T workers ON STRIKE from May 19 to 21

UPDATE (May 19, 2017) — AT&T workers in 36 states, including Washington, are officially ON STRIKE as of noon today through Sunday, May 21. Get details. UPDATE (May 19, 2017) — With the addition of landline and DirecTV workers in some states, an estimated 40,000 AT&T workers are set to go on a 3-day strike […]

Bradley Foundation targets unions in Washington state

Reports: Group is funding Freedom Foundation to attack workers’ rights   SEATTLE (May 16, 2017) — Recent reports from the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Washington is one of the top targets for the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s plans to dismantle unions and state laws protecting workers’ […]

Unions to McMorris Rodgers: Shame on you

Nonpartisan analysis confirms costs of GOP health care bill   UPDATE (May 25, 2017) — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the health care bill confirms the harm the legislation, supported by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th), would do: at least 23 million fewer people with insurance over the next decade, steep premium increases […]

Flying blind, Republicans pass Trumpcare

McMorris Rodgers votes to slash health care to fund tax cuts for the rich   By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2017) — With a 217-213 vote on Thursday, House Republicans narrowly passed a controversial bill to approve hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts targeted to wealthy Americans, end Medicaid […]

House Republicans approve Trumpcare bill

McMorris Rodgers votes ‘yes’; all Dems, Reichert, Herrera Beutler vote ‘no’   UPDATE (May 4, 2017) — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly voted 217-213 today to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare. If approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, the […]

40-hour workweek, overtime pay under attack by House Republicans

UPDATE (May 3, 2017) — On Tuesday afternoon, the House voted to allow private-sector employers to avoid paying overtime pay by offering “compensatory time” off, essentially eliminating the 40-hour workweek. The bill passed 229-197, largely along party lines. Washington Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert all voted to end […]


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