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Wells Fargo greed is killing American jobs

Rally April 24 in Seattle’s Westlake Park to support call center workers   By MICHAEL SCHENDEL and CARISSA HAHN VANCOUVER, Wash. (April 20, 2018) — Last August, Wells Fargo announced the layoffs of more than 70 local workers at their Vancouver call center, giving these employees 60 days to pack their bags and find a […]

Child care crisis impacts every community

By SEN. PATTY MURRAY (April 11, 2018) — “No one is exempt from the child care crisis.” That was the urgent message I heard all across Washington state last week as I visited child care and early learning centers to meet with parents, workers, and administrators to learn more about how the lack of high-quality, affordable child […]

MLK knew unions are vital voice for workers

By TINA MORRISON (April 6, 2018) — I’ve served as an officer of the Professional Musicians AFM Local 105 since being elected in 1998, was elected to the international executive board of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) in 2010, and then elected to serve as secretary treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and […]

NAFTA should work for everyone – not just investors

By STAN SORCHER (April 3, 2018) — In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump all recognized that workers and communities have lost trust in the NAFTA approach to globalization. They all said we should manage globalization differently. Over the last few months, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have had seven meetings […]

The way forward for a new labor movement

West Virginia teachers’ strike—a win for all workers—is our answer to Janus   By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (March 15, 2018) — The story out of West Virginia in the last three weeks is nothing short of amazing. Some 35,000 teachers, janitors, cooks, bus drivers, and other rank-and-file school workers, who are already living in the post-Janus world, […]

Enforcing trade rules is not a ‘trade war’

Industrial policies that advance national interests are nothing new. Other nations do it, and so should we.    By STAN SORSCHER (March 9, 2018) — The recent tariffs on steel and aluminum have been characterized as trade war. This is weird, because countries often enforce trade rules with targeted tariffs and sanctions, and markets adjust. […]

Janus (Part 2): Get ready to defend your freedom

By DAVID GROVES Editor of The Stand Part 2 of 2 (March 7, 2018) — So now what? Depending on what you read, the Supreme Court’s Janus decision against unions coming this June will either shrink, cripple or destroy unions, or maybe even end upward mobility in America. But here’s a bold prediction: it all […]

Janus (Part 1): The fix is in at the Supreme Court

By DAVID GROVES Editor of The Stand Part 1 of 2 (March 6, 2018) — It couldn’t be more clear. The fix is in. After hearing oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME last week, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to ignore its institutional principles to deliver an orchestrated body blow to America’s labor movement. […]

By ignoring process, ’emergency’ disclosure bill promotes cynicism

By NICK LICATA (Feb. 28, 2018) — When I speak before groups, I say that the biggest danger we face in sustaining our democracy is cynicism, the belief that government is corrupt beyond repair. That belief sucks away our energy to challenge those in power to be accountable to the general public. Corruption can be […]

Public Records Act expands disclosure, but protects privacy

EDITOR’S NOTE — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has taken no position on ESB 6617, nor on the disclosure of legislative records in general. The WSLC will continue to advocate at the Legislature on behalf of working families as we always have — clearly, openly, honestly, and tenaciously. The WSLC is posting this opinion column […]


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