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UW’s proposed wage cuts are unfair, unequal, and inequitable

By DOUGLAS CASTRO (May 31, 2018) — There are few things more insidious than couching oppression in the language of “fairness,” “community,” “equality,” and “equity.” I am not a “traditional” graduate student. Like many other Latinx (and African-American) students from working-class backgrounds, I decided to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree at the University of Washington not just because […]

We need better answers on trade, America’s economy

Free-market orthodoxy has failed. It’s time to consider our public interest.   By STAN SORSCHER (May 24, 2018) — In 2016, President Trump prevailed over 17 establishment opponents. He is a disrupter. In particular, he disrupted establishment trade policies that have failed millions of Americans. Too many workers and communities have been left behind. Too […]

I’m an ASE at UW. Here’s what that is, and why we’re on strike.

University of Washington works because we do. All we want is equity.   By DAVID KUMLER (May 15, 2018) — As an academic student employee (ASE), I occupy a strange position: I’m both a student and an employee; I’m neither a student nor an employee. You see, my status with respect to these categories is […]

Initiative 1631 invests in jobs, our clean energy future

By JEFF JOHNSON (May 14, 2018) — We are facing an existential crisis. We see it as sea levels rise, forcing people to flee their homes; we see it as ocean acidification, damaging shell fish and fishing habitat; we see it as glacial melt, causing flooding on the west side of our state; we see […]

Workers Memorial Day: Mourn the dead, fight for the living

Following are the remarks delivered at Thursday’s Workers Memorial Day commemoration at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. (Also see Workers Memorial Day events statewide this week.)   By LYNNE DODSON (April 26, 2018) — We gather today to mourn, to remember, to pay our respects and honor our sisters and brothers who lost […]

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 in Washington state

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, […]


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