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Progressive income tax needed to meet our ‘paramount duty’


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 30, 2015) — Good public schools won’t solve all the problems we face — but public education is a crucial cornerstone for creating hope and opportunity for students, and for building stronger communities and a more prosperous, equitable economy. Ensuring every child has equal access to this ladder of opportunity, from […]

A time to reflect on U.S. role in Chinese workers’ exploitation


By LYNNE DODSON (Sept. 22, 2015) — The visit to Seattle by Chinese President Xi Jinping is an historic moment. President Xi Jinping is known for his crackdown on corruption in the government, and opening up Chinese markets. Certainly, the discussions with business roundtable leaders here are geared toward creating more market opportunities in the […]

Charter schools ruling is a rebuke of the privatization agenda


By WAYNE AU Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, was a good day for me. Late that afternoon, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an earth-shattering ruling for corporate education reformers: By a 6-3 decision, they determined that Washington state’s charter school law was unconstitutional. This felt like a personal victory because I was heavily involved in […]

Seattle teachers are fighting for their students, racial equity


By NICOLE GRANT (Sept. 14, 2015) — The Seattle teachers’ strike of 1985 may have been the best weeks of my life. Facing the start of third grade, the strike felt like a miracle. An illicit second summer was created just for me. Those days were hot and endless, with cherry tomatoes plucked fresh from […]

Having the public education system we want costs money


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 10, 2015) –This week was the real start of the new year. Parents took their 5-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the weather turns colder and wetter, the days are shorter, […]

Workplace safety on dairy farms demands legislative action


By JEFF JOHNSON As we celebrate Labor Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all workers for the contributions they make to our economy. I hope all get to enjoy end-of-summer picnics and barbecues, watch a baseball game or participate in some other family activity this weekend. Last year, 27-year-old Randy Vasquez spent […]

WSLC’s Johnson on Labor Day: We can rebuild American Dream


By JEFF JOHNSON On behalf of the officers and staff of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, I want to wish you a great Labor Day. This the 100th anniversary of Ralph Chaplin’s “Solidarity Forever.” And I do believe that, “When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run…” we can do great things […]

Sen. Wyden can help secure labor rights for Guatemalans


By CELESTE DRAKE (Sept. 2, 2015) — In August, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) traveled to several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Argentina and Cuba, to discuss trade. While he was in Guatemala, he took time out to meet with labor unionists to discuss the Central American Free Trade Agreement (also known as DR-CAFTA). In April 2008, Guatemalan […]

Legislators are trying to manage, not solve, our state’s fiscal crisis


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 1, 2015) — Eighteen days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied. That adds up to about $3 million a […]

Washington’s top-two primary is limiting choices, alienating voters


By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 17, 2015) — If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don’t bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, […]


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