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I’m leaving the Labor Center, so Director position is now open

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By SARAH LASLETT (May 21, 2015) — I will be leaving the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle College this summer. It has been a privilege and honor to lead the Labor Center over the last five years and my great pleasure to get to know so many of you who […]

New state law helps employers help workers save for retirement

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By JOHN BURBANK (May 20, 2015) — When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, be able to take your time waking up in the morning, and go for a walk, a bicycle […]

If only Secretary Kerry met with workers about Fast Track, TPP

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By JEFF JOHNSON (May 19, 2015) — I wish that the Honorable Secretary of State John Kerry was visiting Washington at a site other than the Boeing Company and for purposes other than speaking about Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Secretary probably won’t see workers, including machinists and engineers, community and […]

Mr. President, it is you who is wrong about Fast Track, TPP

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By JEFF JOHNSON (May 11, 2015) — With all due respect, Mr. President, it is you who is wrong on Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). This past Friday both you and I were in Oregon. Ironically, you to promote Fast Track and the TPP and me to help welcome labor representatives from […]

Ensuring a good quality of life for all is within our reach

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By JOHN BURBANK (May 7, 2015) — What are the elements of a good quality of life? Good, accessible and affordable health care. Being able to pay your bills. Living in a welcoming home. Having a job with a wage that reflects the value of your work. Knowing your kids can get a good education […]

NO on Fast Track: Responding to your Representative’s response

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Arguments for speeding more-of-the-same trade deals don’t hold up   By STAN SORSCHER (May 5, 2015) — Thank you very much if you have called your member of Congress to urge him or her to oppose “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority. If you haven’t called Congress yet, what are you waiting for? It is an […]

Ivar’s setting powerful example with $15 wage menu pricing

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By RACHEL DEHN (April 28, 2015) — Although Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law officially took effect on April 1, companies in the city have three to seven years to meet the $15 per hour minimum depending on their size and classification. The Seattle-based restaurant company Ivar’s isn’t waiting. The company announced that the increase would […]

Treasurer proposes solution for education, will Legislature?

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By JOHN BURBANK (April 23, 2015) — The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets. Neither party has a long-term plan for fully funding K-12 education, higher education, mental health, public employee contracts, and teacher COLAs. Why not? Because neither party has the will […]

As sine die nears, values-based operating budget comes first

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By JEFF JOHNSON (April 21, 2015) — Sine die literally means to adjourn without assigning a day for further meetings or action. The Washington State Legislature is six days from sine die, but the work is not done. So we go into extra innings, overtime, or a Special or Extraordinary Legislative Session at a time […]

Secret trade deals, Fast Track thwart our cherished democracy

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By LEO W. GERARD (April 20, 2015) — Free traders in Congress formally proposed last week that lawmakers relax, put their feet up and neglect the rigor of legislative review for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade scheme. The TPP is a secret deal among 12 Pacific Rim nations that was covertly negotiated by unelected officials […]

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