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#MeToo power shift must be sustained by organized labor

Unions can lead the way on empowering women, ending sexual harassment   By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 13, 2017) — A change has come. It was a long time coming, but at last, there are consequences for those who sexually harass women. But why now? And how can we sustain lasting change? Sexual harassment isn’t new. […]

Women Labor Leaders in Action builds unions, fights RTW

By RACHEL DORFMAN (Nov. 2, 2017) — In May and August, 20 emerging women labor leaders came together for one week each month to grow our leadership skills. Women Labor Leaders in Action, also known as WLLA, was created by Kate Shaughnessy, Leadership Development Coordinator for the AFL-CIO. Kate applied for and won a grant to […]

Shame on state’s corporations for funding false, racist attack ads

EDITORIAL The Stand OLYMPIA (Oct. 26, 2017) — Washington state’s biggest companies and corporate lobbying groups — including Amazon, Microsoft and the Association of Washington Business — are paying for false, offensive and racist campaign ads attacking Democratic Senate candidate Manka Dhingra in the high-stakes 45th Legislative District election that will determine which party controls […]

Support the striking Teamsters at S.S. Steiner in Yakima

By PAUL PARMLEY YAKIMA (Oct. 19, 2017) — Miracle on 34th Street? Hardly. You may recall the movie, Kris Kringle working at Macy’s redirects shoppers to Gimbel’s Department Store when Macy’s didn’t carry an item. Gimbel’s Department store is a thing of the past but Louis S. Gimbel III, heir to the Gimbel wealth, is […]

Use state’s aerospace tax breaks to bring Airbus to Washington

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 19, 2017) — Boeing woke up to a rude surprise on Tuesday. The Chicago-based corporation thought they had gotten the Trump Administration to stymie their competition from Quebec-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier through a monumental 300 percent tariff. But instead, the French Canadians tossed the ball to Toulose, France-based Airbus, which will […]

Did Sinclair buy KOMO to shut it down?

IATSE seeks assurance that KOMO jobs, community service will continue   By DAVE TWEDELL SEATTLE (Oct. 18, 2017) — IATSE Local 600, the union representing the news photographers at KOMO in Seattle, will hear on Oct. 23 the response from Sinclair Broadcast Group to a collective bargaining proposal to save their jobs if their proposed […]

Republicans must stop our unfit president

Will Rep. McMorris Rodgers continue to hitch her political wagon to Trump?   EDITORIAL (Oct. 10, 2017) — The Washington Post reports today that President Donald Trump’s aides are scrambling to do damage control from his daily outbursts: “Frustrated by his Cabinet and angered by criticism of his administration’s response to hurricanes, the president has […]

Court tees up right-wing assault on unions

Janus v. AFSCME case intended to strike death blow to labor, progressives   By DAVID GROVES (Oct. 9, 2017) — The U.S. Supreme Court announced last month that it will reconsider whether public sector unions can require workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay a fee for services. If the […]

Seattle, other cities can help boost retirement security

By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 6, 2017) — Over the past four decades, while we as a country have been moving forward on racial justice and gender equality (note: “moving,” not “achieving”), we have also been moving backwards on job security, shared economic growth and family financial well-being. Our kids face a future without the ability […]

Labor’s Emerging Leaders will gather Oct. 13-14 in Seattle

Sign up for conference on “Social Justice Unionism in the Face of Right-to-Work”   By KELLY COOGAN-GEHR SEATTLE (Sept. 29, 2017) — The labor movement and working people have seen their share of challenges over the past several decades: a massive drop in union density, outsourcing, downskilling and deskilling, automation, threats to immigrant rights, and […]


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