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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 […]

Congress trades away authority, responsibility with ‘Fast Track’


By LYNNE DODSON (Jan. 21, 2015) — As the highly unpopular 113th Congress finished its second session, most of Washington’s Congressional delegation missed a great chance to stand up against an undemocratic procedure known as “fast track.” This 1970s-era tactic has been used to railroad the most controversial and damaging of U.S. “trade” deals through […]

Welcome to planet Toast, being brought to you by Big Oil


PREFACE by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: The following opinion piece is by my co-chair of the Washington State BlueGreen Alliance, KC Golden. KC is a tireless advocate for environmental and economic justice and a good friend of the labor movement. He and many other people were greatly concerned when […]

Follow the money to see how state can best pay its bills


By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 16, 2015) — Now that the Legislature is back at work, they have to find the revenues for K-12 education, for higher education, for foster kids, for the mentally ill, for the State Patrol, for home care workers, and early childhood teachers and caregivers. They also need to confront a fundamental […]

MLK: Champion of unions, economic justice


By DAVID GROVES (Jan. 16, 2015) — If the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, right-wing conservatives would be doing their best to brand him as a radical “socialist” who hates freedom and America. The man whose legacy we celebrate on Monday is best known for campaigning against racial discrimination and for civil […]

Fund state employees’ contracts, fix our structural budget deficit


By DENNIS EAGLE (Jan. 15, 2015) — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 applauds Gov. Jay Inslee for including the funding for all state employee collective bargaining agreements in his budget, and we urge the Legislature to do the same. During the Great Recession, the state budget was balanced in large part […]

Senate GOP moves to shield rich, corporations from state taxes


EDITORIAL (Jan. 13, 2015) — On the first day of a state legislative session all agree will focus on how lawmakers can increase investment in education, transportation, mental health, eroding public employee wages and other priorities, Senate Republicans acted to shield industrial polluters and the state’s wealthiest 1% from having to pay for any of […]

I voted to improve Dodd-Frank reforms, not to ‘gut’ them


By RICK LARSEN (Jan. 12, 2015) — As a supporter of Dodd-Frank and someone who was here when Congress wrote it and stood with my communities that suffered as a result of the excess of the financial industry that led to the recession, I can bring a perspective to last week’s vote on H.R. 37 […]


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