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There’s no debate on who deserves our vote for president


If you care about jobs, rights, environment… you’ll vote for Hillary Clinton   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 27, 2016) — Regardless of who you think performed better during the televised presidential debate last night, if you are a working person, a union member, there is no debate about who to vote for. If you care […]

We can Raise Up Washington with Initiative 1433 this fall


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 26, 2016) — The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as Raise Up Washington. This initiative will put in place minimum standards […]

Freedom Foundation complaint unfounded, frivolous but costly


Anti-union group’s political harassment wastes public resources   By SARAH LASLETT (Sept. 23, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) started drawing the ire and attention of the right-wing Freedom Foundation back in 2014. It all started because the Freedom Foundation didn’t think it was appropriate for the Labor Center […]

Arbitrary regulatory process can cost jobs


By LARRY BROWN and LEE NEWGENT (Sept. 19, 2016) — Most Washingtonians are unfamiliar with the state’s regulatory-review process. It is technical, it is cumbersome and it is a side of government few ever see up close. But we are all familiar with jobs. And exports. And Washington state products — Boeing airplanes, wheat and […]

National anthem’s words add depth to Kaepernick’s protest


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 8, 2016) — I had a good Labor Day weekend. I hope you did, too. It was a good respite. Now we should be able to endure the final two months of the presidential campaign. Along with the fall weather, and the days getting shorter, our kids are back at school […]

Labor Day: We’re standing up for fair wages, better conditions


By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 2, 2016) — Sisters and Brothers, I want to wish you a great Labor Day weekend and to thank you and your unions’ members for all that you do to make our communities and economy strong. While many of us will have a much deserved day off, many others will be […]

Poor millennials. Seriously. They’re poorer than us.


By DAVID GROVES (Sept. 2, 2016) — Labor Day is a time to reflect upon the contributions of the people who make this nation work. And no, Mr. Trump, I’m not talking about you and your billionaire “job creator” buddies. I mean the folks who care for us when we are old or sick. The […]

With Secure Scheduling statute, Seattle can lead the nation


By KATIE GARROW (Aug. 26, 2016) — When I was 16 years old, I routinely missed volleyball practice after school because I got called in for a shift at the local teriyaki restaurant I worked for. My best friend would fall asleep in class our senior year because she clopened (closed late and opened early […]

I-1433 is a first step toward an economy that works for all


By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 25, 2016) — If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out […]

We needn’t choose. We can have great transit AND fund schools.


By REP. JOE FITZGIBBON (Aug. 17, 2016) — Last week, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) wrote an op-ed at PubliCola criticizing November’s Sound Transit 3 expansion package. He was dead wrong about Sound Transit expansion and about the financing thereof. Here’s why. Senator Carlyle, who argued that ST3’s property tax expansion “consumes all the oxygen […]




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