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Don’t destabilize our health care, economy

(Jan. 20, 2017) — The following letter was sent this week to Washington’s congressional delegation. It was signed by dozens of organizations throughout the state that are deeply concerned that congressional threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, block-grant the Medicaid system, and undermine Medicare through the use of vouchers would erode and undermine the […]

Urge our senators to oppose nominees Puzder, DeVos, Price

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) — As hearings continue for the President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to serve in his Cabinet — several of whom are clearly unfit for office — now is the time to weigh in with Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (or the senators from your state) in opposition to some […]

U.S. Postal Service deal with Staples is over; boycott ends

The following is from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). Pictures are courtesy of the Greater Seattle APWU News: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 6, 2017) — Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s […]

Murray expresses concerns about Puzder, seeks outside witnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 6, 2017) — On Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) met with Andrew Puzder (R-Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s), the CEO of CKE Restaurants who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, ahead of the official nomination hearing likely to take place in the next few weeks. After that meeting, Murray continued to express serious […]

AFL-CIO outlines how to fix NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 4, 2017) — Shortly after President-elect Donald Trump announced Robert Lighthizer as his pick for U.S. Trade Representative on Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tweeted, “It’s time to end the lip service from both parties on repealing or renegotiating #NAFTA. Talk is cheap. Working people demand action.” During his campaign, Trump repeatedly […]

Call Congress TODAY, tell them: Hands Off Medicare!

UPDATE (Jan. 4, 2017) — Today is the day! Join the Alliance for Retired Americans and Medicare supporters across the nation in calling your U.S. Representative TODAY! Tell them to stand up to House Speaker Paul Ryan and keep their “Hands Off Medicare!” Call 866-828-4162 and tell your Representative that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid […]

‘Get someone up here. We’re all dying.’

As Tesoro continues to appeal fines and deny responsibility for the 2010 Anacortes refinery explosion, the victims’ families say “it still hurts deeply.” (Dec. 15, 2016) — This week, the Center for Public Integrity published a detailed investigation of the April 2, 2010, explosion and fire at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery that killed seven workers. […]

Murray ‘deeply concerned’ about DOL nominee Puzder’s record

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 8, 2016) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce today that he has named fast-food executive Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants which operates the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains, to be Secretary of Labor. In response, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and […]

Norwegian Air permit decision ‘slap in the face’ to U.S. workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2016) — Negative reaction was swift and harsh after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has awarded Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit to operate in the United States. Domestic airlines, unions and many lawmakers opposed as unfair competition, including Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) who […]

What you can do if you are targeted, harassed at work

The following is from AFL-CIO Now: (Dec. 1, 2016) — Since Donald Trump won the election, nearly 900 incidents of violence, hate speech and harassment have been reported. In light of these attacks, it’s important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the […]

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