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Fix FAA funding, don’t privatize our airways


By MONIKA WARNER (Feb. 5, 2016) — Unions are banding together to oppose the privatization of our airways. Led by the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), a group of seven federal unions are calling on U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) to stop his efforts to privatize the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) workforce. Concerned users of […]

Why rosy predictions about TPP are wrong


By CELESTE DRAKE (Feb. 4, 2016) — One of the billionaires crusading to cut working people’s Social Security now has his sights set on making the Trans-Pacific Partnership look like a sweet deal. Hint: It’s not. Pete Peterson’s think tank, Peterson Institute for International Economics, just released study in January 2016 predicting great economic growth […]

Family leave insurance aligns with American values, needs


By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 28, 2016) — As Americans, we strongly value both work and family… but as citizens we’ve structured our economy and laws too often to force people to work at the expense of their families. We have given millions of parents the cold choice of leaving their job and not getting any […]

Government run like a business has poisoned our children


By LEO W. GERARD (Jan. 26, 2016) — The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint. That is, what they got was a government run based on GOP business values. To line the pockets of CEOs and […]

Uber, gig economy workers need the power to organize


By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Jan. 21, 2016) — What are U.S. workers to do about the problems presented by the gig economy? The past year saw a number of prominent liberals offer policy ideas to mitigate the worst elements of precarious employment. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposed that companies pay into a common benefit […]

Improving early learning starts with raising teacher pay


By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 13, 2016) — You may remember the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit from the mid-’70s that started, “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” There’s probably less chance to become a cowboy these days — but if you change the line to “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up […]

Let’s reject this TPP, go back to the table, and get it right

TTIP free trade agreement

(Dec. 18, 2015) — The following guest column was published in today’s edition of The Seattle Times: By JEFF JOHNSON The public has finally been permitted to see the biggest so-called free-trade agreement ever negotiated. It should come as no surprise — given the international corporate interests who sat at the bargaining table — that […]

Legislators must find the courage to hold Boeing accountable


By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 2, 2015) — I recently purchased a T-shirt from the Boeing store for my daughter, who is fan of the 737. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” That may be true for her — but Boeing jobs are certainly on their way out of Washington. How can this […]

TPP offers more nice words and trickle-down promises


By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 30, 2015) — Earlier this month, the Obama administration finally released the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal the U.S. has ever negotiated, which could set the rules for about 40 percent of the global economy. Simultaneously, the White House and corporate groups launched their public-relations blitz to […]

Wealthy elite aim to silence working people via Friedrichs


By J. DAVID COX (Nov. 24, 2015) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments soon in a case that could undermine the rights of working people to negotiate collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Every working person should care about this case, even if it doesn’t personally affect you. This legal battle is […]


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