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Initiative 1351: A mandate for our schools, our kids, our future


By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 23, 2014) — It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voters’ pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for the candidates and issues which we support. One of […]

Dave Myers: ‘A leader who walks and talks labor solidarity’


By JEFF JOHNSON (Oct. 21, 2014) — I want to take a moment and thank a young, forward-thinking labor leader who walks and talks labor solidarity. Dave Myers has left the position of Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and has accepted a position as an International Representative for […]

IEC Apprenticeship’s shutdown is a victory for tradeswomen


By NICOLE GRANT (Oct. 20, 2014) — Picture a construction worker and you likely imagine a strong, square-jawed man in a hard hat and Carhartts. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong. Less than 3% of all construction workers nationwide are women. This is a tragedy because construction offers some of the best jobs there are in terms […]

Honor our educators by tackling the real challenges they face


By ROBBY STERN (Oct. 13, 2014) — My wife, Dina, has been a school nurse at a middle school in Renton for five years. Previously, she was at the outpatient pediatric clinic at Harborview Medical Center for 20 years and worked at several other jobs as a pediatric nurse and labor and delivery nurse. She […]

True democracy ensures that all have fair chance in life’s ‘race’


By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 8, 2014) — One of the things I do in the fall is volunteer as a coach for cross country at Ballard High School. I usually end up coaching the kids at the end of the pack. That’s how it should be. Because with cross country, it’s not just about the […]

Plight of the precariat: Good people don’t get good jobs


By LEO W. GERARD (Oct. 7, 2014) — When Mary Grace Gainer anxiously told her master’s and doctoral advisors that she’d noticed want ads for college professors diminishing, they assured her, “Good people get good jobs.” So she focused on being very, very good. She earned straight A’s. She presented papers at academic conferences, including […]

SSA’s austerity cuts are taking ‘Social’ out of Security


By J. DAVID COX (Oct. 2, 2014) — Like most federal agencies, the Social Security Administration has faced deep, across-the-board cuts in recent years. These cuts have seriously degraded the administration’s ability to service a rapidly growing customer base and forced the agency to make tough choices about its future. SSA turned to the National […]

Klein on climate, political walks, Hyatt, Vancouver celebrates


By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 29, 2014) — A week ago Sunday more than 400,000 people, including 10,000-plus union members, marched through the streets of New York City with a simple but profound message — our fossil fuel-based economy is on a collision course with climate disaster. U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon said, “Climate change is […]

America’s progressive populist agenda ‘submerged’ in D.C.


By RICHARD TRUMKA (Sept. 26, 2014) — In reality, the 2014 election is about the economic well-being of working class Americans. But you wouldn’t know it from pundits, or the avalanche of TV ads. Recently the New York Times reported that in the last 10 years, the net worth of the typical U.S. household fell […]

Local elections critical to families, but voter turnout is poor


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 25, 2014) –The other day I was talking with a relative, and the subject of voting came up. He didn’t know anything about the coming elections, who the candidates are, and when you can vote. That is, he was like the majority of Washington citizens, for better or worse. That makes […]


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