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Urge U.S. senators to reject Kavanaugh nomination

UPDATE (July 30, 2018) — Although the national call-in day has passed, this toll-free hotline remains active. So if you haven’t already called your senators, do it today! WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, July 26, unions across America are joining together to urge Congress to reject Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Please […]

America supports its federal workforce

Sen. Murray: U.S. should be model employer, not attacking its workers’ rights   UPDATED — Adds photos and WSLC Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson’s comments from today’s rally in Seattle. (July 25, 2018) — Today, federal workers represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and their supporters across the country are taking a stand […]

SSA violating worker rights to execute Trump orders: AFGE

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2018) — The American Federation of Government Employees is obligated under the law to represent all employees covered by its negotiated contracts, but the Social Security Administration is deliberately and illegally restricting the union’s ability to uphold this obligation, AFGE leaders […]

National Grid locks out 1,100 USW gas workers in Mass.

(July 17, 2018) — Since June 25, more than 1,100 USW gas workers employed by National Grid in Massachusetts have been locked out of their jobs as the company seeks to end its defined benefit pension plan and offer only 401(k) savings plans and fewer health care benefits to new hires. More than three weeks […]

AFL-CIO: Brett Kavanaugh puts workers’ rights at serious risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2018) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: Judge Kavanaugh has a dangerous track record of protecting the privileges of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working people. Any Supreme Court nominee must […]

AFL-CIO: Janus decision ‘further empowers corporate elites’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2018) — The following statement was released today by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31: The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, abandons decades of commonsense precedent. In this case, a bare majority of the court, over the […]

Legislation would allow farm workers to earn overtime pay

Fairness for Farmworkers Act would phase out this discriminatory exclusion    WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2018) — For the last 80 years, farm workers —who often endure more than 10 or even 12 hour shifts performing backbreaking work — have been excluded from the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 that guaranteed […]

GOP plans big Social Security, Medicare cuts

State’s unions warned of cuts before trillion-dollar tax giveaway was OK’d   WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2018) — After exploding deficit spending with their $1.4 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, Congressional Republicans released a budget plan on Tuesday that aims to balance the budget over the next decade by slashing the Medicare, […]

Jayapal unveils universal health care bill

State-based plan would allow flexibility for states to create own plans   SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7th), joined by elected officials and community leaders, unveiled the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018 on Monday. This bill would allow states to develop their own plans to provide access to health […]

WSLC’s Dodson: ‘This is the time for bold action’ on health care

SEATTLE (June 12, 2018) — At Monday’s press conference unveiling Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018, Washington State Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Lynne Dodson delivered the following remarks: Thank you, Representative Jayapal, for your vision, passion for justice, and determination. You ensure everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has a voice and a […]


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