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Across America, workers are demanding more than crumbs

Missouri’s rejection of ‘right-to-work’ is just the latest sign that, despite the right’s best efforts to divide-and-conquer working people, unions are on the rise.   By RICHARD TRUMKA (Aug. 10, 2018) — Something is happening in America. Missouri, riding a nationwide wave of victories for working people, on Tuesday became the first state in history to […]

Missouri voters’ RTW rejection offers inspiration, hope for all

By ERIC GONZÁLEZ ST. LOUIS (Aug. 8, 2018) — Proposition A was a result of a petition process that aimed to repeal the “right to work (for less)” law, Senate Bill 19, passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature in 2017. A “no” vote on Proposition A would stop the RTW law from taking effect. And by […]

We marched for the dignity of farm workers

By JEFF JOHNSON (August 7, 2018) — On Sunday, Aug. 6, about 150 people gathered in a parking lot in Lynden at 5:30 a.m. to begin a 12-mile march for dignity on the anniversary of the death of Honesto Silva Ibarro. Honesto was a guest worker under an H-2A program working for Sarbanand Farms, run […]

President Trump’s tariffs are not really the point

China isn’t “cheating” on trade. They are playing a different game: advancing the interests of their nation, rather than global corporations. America’s new trade policies should advance the interests of our people.   By STAN SORSCHER (August 6, 2018) — We pay too much attention to President Trump’s tariffs. We’ve missed the point of what […]

Those willing to be divided are willing to be conquered

By KEN WINKES “A house divided against itself shall not stand.” — Matthew 12:22-28, and Abraham Lincoln, 1858 “If we don’t hang together, by Heavens we shall hang separately…” — Benjamin Franklin, 1801 “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Aug. 2, 2018) — Make no mistake. The Supreme Court’s […]

Want to show true post-Janus solidarity? Join a union!

By JOHN BURBANK (July 30, 2018) — Many progressives are rightfully worried about the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which enables workers to gain the wages and benefits collectively bargained by unions without contributing dues. It is a public-sector version of “right to work” laws that are in force in 28 states. But we can […]

Mirror, mirror: Who’s to blame for our economic insecurity?

By KEN WINKES (June 21, 2018) — “Make American Great Again,” the candidate trumpeted just two years ago. Count me in. I’m all for a great America. But there are unmistakable signs our president is a far better at politics than he is at diagnosing what ails us. Mr. Trump got elected, but does he […]

Public servants aren’t the enemy. They’re us.

Attacking the people who provide services won’t fix what’s ails government   By DEREK KILMER (June 19, 2018) — Fifty-six years ago today, on June 19, 1962, John F. Kennedy was about a year and a half into his presidency. He took a break from a busy day to greet an incoming group of 6,000 […]

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 […]


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