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Urge Congress to avoid slashing Social Security Admin funding

Senate GOP wants $492 million cut in Social Security administration, public services   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2017) — At more than 1,200 field offices around the country, the Social Security Administration provides direct, personal assistance to millions of Americans each year. Applying for Social Security benefits can be complicated and each year field office staff […]

Donate to Operation Agua to help Puerto Ricans get safe water

The following is from AFT Washington: (Nov. 20, 2017) — Two months after Hurricane Maria devastated their island, a million Puerto Ricans still have no safe drinking water. People are resorting to collecting water in contaminated waterways or from runoff, even from toxic Superfund sites. Water-treatment plants are still not operational so those who are […]

House GOP approves tax plan; urge senators to oppose it

Corporations, wealthy get 80% of tax cuts; millions of Americans would pay more   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 17, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve the House Republicans’ tax plan, 227-205. All four Republicans from Washington state — Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Dan Newhouse — […]

Tell Congress to vote ‘NO’ on Republican tax scam

UPDATE (Nov. 16, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve the Republican tax plan, 227-205. Thirteen Republicans voted against the bill, and zero Democrats voted for it. All four Republicans from Washington state — Reps. Dave Reichert, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers — voted “yes” on this tax […]

Desperate Republicans advancing Trump’s corporate tax cut bill

UPDATE (Nov. 13, 2017) — From The Hill — GOP tax bill clears hurdle, heads to House floor — The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday approved House Republicans’ bill to rewrite the tax code. The measure — which reduces the number of individual tax rates, slashes the corporate tax rate and eliminates many deductions and credits — was approved […]

Dems announce ‘Better Deal’ for workers

Proposal would ban RTW, strengthen workers’ freedom to join together, negotiate   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Democratic members of Congress offered a glimpse Wednesday of what they would be doing to reform labor laws if they were in the majority: removing barriers to forming unions so more Americans can join together and negotiate […]

GOP supports slashing Medicaid, Medicare

UPDATE (Oct. 26, 2017) — In a dramatic vote this morning, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a budget measure that calls for cuts of $1 trillion from Medicaid and $550 billion from Medicare, as well as major cuts to education and other services. The measure was necessary to allow Republicans in the […]

GOP senator: Trump is ‘reckless, dangerous’

Sen. Flake of Arizona urges GOP colleagues to put principles before politics   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 25, 2017) — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 after serving just one term in the U.S. Senate. In doing so, he delivered an extraordinary and stinging rebuke of the “reckless, […]

SAG-AFTRA backs ‘unencumbered’ press amid Trump threats

The following is from SAG-AFTRA: LOS ANGELES (Oct. 24, 2017) — In light of recent threats by President Trump to “challenge” the licenses of broadcast news outlets, SAG-AFTRA re-emphasizes its statement on the Rights of a Free and Unencumbered Press: “As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free […]

Jones Act isn’t the problem in Puerto Rico

Opportunists who’ve long opposed law are spreading lies for selfish reasons   The following open letter is from Gunnar Lundeberg, President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, an affiliate of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: (Oct. 3, 2017) — The anti-American worker rats who shill for foreign interests, swarm out of the sewers […]

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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