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DHS shutdown dangerous, demoralizing


By J. DAVID COX (Feb. 25, 2015) — The current congressional stalemate over funding the Department of Homeland Security past the end of the week has real-world implications for everyone in this country. DHS’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all U.S. residents. Anything that disrupts that mission puts all of […]

Texas, Big Oil put higher ed money where their mouths are


By BILL LYNE (Feb. 24, 2015) — So University of Washington President Michael K. Young has gone the way of Mark Emmert, leaving our fair state to chase every college president’s dream of someday getting paid like an assistant football coach. Much speculation has ensued as to why anyone would leave a badass research institution […]

Labor, trans workers stand together to fight discrimination


By CHRISTOPHER GERMAN-JONES SEATTLE (Feb. 19, 2015) — When you need to use the restroom, do you get in your car and drive to the McDonald’s a mile away? Hopefully not! But for many transgender workers in Washington this is just the type of dilemma they face everyday because there is no safe, reliable place […]

Today’s math lesson: Rising costs > state revenue growth = deficit


By MRS. EMERSON (Feb. 13, 2015) — Do you know what it’s like to pay money out of your own pocket so you can perform your job functions? I do. My name is Mrs. Emerson, and I am a Board Certified Special Education teacher from Woodinville, Wash. We have a problem. In Washington state, not […]

Bipartisan bill puts payday loan industry before people


By JOHN BURBANK (Feb. 12, 2015) — If your friend told you that she could get a payday loan of $700, and that the interest would be 36%, plus a small loan origination fee of 15%, plus a monthly maintenance fee of 7.5%, you might advise her to get out her calculator. Here’s why: That […]

Refinery workers taking a life-or-death stand


By LEO W. GERARD (Feb. 9, 2015) — In Anacortes, Wash., last week, approximately 200 Tesoro workers began picketing the oil refinery where an explosion incinerated seven of their co-workers five years earlier. Butch Cleve walks that picket line, serving now as strike captain for the USW local union at Tesoro. On the day of the […]

Still undecided about getting ACA health coverage? Meet Joie


By ROBERTA RILEY (Feb. 5, 2015) — Meet Joie. She’s a Seattle hair stylist with the charisma, and artfully tattooed arms, of a rock star. The way she cracks jokes, flashes her magnetic smile and scrunches her pink curls, you can’t help but like this woman.   One would never guess someone as vibrant and […]

Let’s extend passion of 12’s to passing $12 minimum wage


By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 28, 2015) — 12… 12… 12… It seems that everywhere we look, we see 12. Windows, doors, cars, shirts, socks…12, 12, 12. Which is as it should be, leading up to the 2nd Super Bowl in a row for the Seahawks. There are 11 Seahawks on the field at any one […]

KIRO’s Dori Monson owes all longshore workers an apology


By VIVIAN J. MALAUULU (Jan. 27, 2015) — This is MY reply to Dori Monson, host of his self-titled talk show on Seattle’s KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, who referred to longshore workers as “thieves” and “criminals” on a segment which aired Tuesday, Jan. 20. Dear Mr. Monson: My name is Vivian and my husband, George, […]

At ports, ILWU standing up for working people, middle class


By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 23, 2015) — In downtown Tacoma last night, about 1,000 union and community members rallied in support of the men and women from the ILWU who are being attacked by the Pacific Maritime Association. The PMA, in an employer dispute over coast-wide bargaining, has cut night shifts at the ports and […]


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