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Updates on Casa Latina, SAGE, Sakuma Bros., wage theft


By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 15, 2014) — From the field last week: Casa Latina On Saturday night, Casa Latina had their 20th anniversary dinner at the Washington State Convention Center. Unlike in past years where the event was dominated by numerous auctions, this year was devoted to telling Casa Latina’s story. The theme for the […]

I-1351: Smaller class sizes make big difference for our children


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 10, 2014) — I always think of September as the actual beginning of the year. School starts, summer vacation is over, and we are all back to work. As I help out with coaching duties for cross country at Ballard High School, I can feel the enthusiasm that rolls over the […]

‘Caring for Ourselves:’ Social service workers to meet Oct. 4


(Sept. 9, 2014) — One of the most painful ironies in our low-wage workforce is the number of people providing essential services to the un- or under-employed who are, themselves, low-wage workers. I’m thinking about all those committed social workers trying their best to help low-income communities with housing, food, job training, transportation, and mental […]

Obama should act on immigration reform


By RICHARD TRUMKA (Sept. 8, 2014) — AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Our dysfunctional and antiquated immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. Every day that the White House does […]

This Labor Day, power of working class rising again


By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 2, 2014) — Happy Labor Day. For many Labor Day is that end of the summer three-day weekend. A last chance to camp, hike, and BBQ before the kids go back to school and fall weather sets in. But for many others Labor Day is also a time to say thank […]

It’s time to derail Norwegian Air scheme to undermine good jobs


By ED WYTKIND (Aug. 20, 2014) — Congress may be on break, but this month the Obama administration faces a watershed decision with huge implications for the global aviation industry and its workforce. By Aug. 31, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption that would allow […]

Sign of the Times: Holding greedy corporations harmless


By DAVID GROVES (Aug. 15, 2014) — An employer lockout of union workers that has dragged on for nearly 18 months is headed toward resolution this week, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee deserves some of the credit for refusing to continue facilitating the status quo. The reaction of The Seattle Times editorial board? Don’t try […]

Our state’s election system limits choices, alienates voters


By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 13, 2014) — Was there an election last week? Well, yes there was, but most people seemed to be more interested in the Blue Angels than participating in our seasonal exercise in democracy. It’s pretty easy to vote at your own kitchen table, filing in the little ovals with your choices […]

Without a union, employers can frame and fire at will


By MARK MOSHAY (Aug. 12, 2014) — We’ve all heard the plea from a convicted criminal, “I was framed!” Although many guilty persons make that claim, it’s probably safe to say that many times it’s just an attempt to avoid the penalty for their misdeeds. But there are also numerous examples throughout history of individuals […]

Let’s sue Republicans for promoting export of U.S. jobs


By LEO W. GERARD (Aug. 8, 2014) — House Republicans last week overwhelmingly endorsed suing President Barack Obama for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, a law Republicans hate and condemn and voted 50 times to repeal. So, really, the president did exactly what the GOP claims it wants. But they’re suing anyway. EDITOR’S […]


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