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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 […]

Inslee decision stops state from facilitating United Grain lockout


By JEFF JOHNSON (July 31, 2014) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO applauds Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to end the 10-month practice of having the Washington State Patrol escort state grain inspectors across the picket lines of locked-out members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union at United Grain at the Port of Vancouver. […]

Lifting wages will help sustain, strengthen Social Security


By JOHN BURBANK (July 31, 2014) — This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades. The media hasn’t […]

Getting beyond the usual suspects at your union activities


(July 18, 2014) — Are you one of the usual suspects? You know what I mean — someone who shows up at the union meetings, goes to rallies, participates in lobby days, and when your rep calls, you usually answer the phone, or at least listen to the voicemail. Are you also one of those […]

State should follow Seattle’s lead, increase minimum wage


By JOHN BURBANK (July 17, 2014) — If you are awake at 4 a.m. these days, you will notice the sky is already getting a little light. As you go to sleep at 11 p.m., you can still make out some light in the night sky. We are at the beginning of our summer in […]

Our economic independence taken by right-wing extremists


By LEO W. GERARD (July 10, 2014) — Americans devoted last Friday to celebrating independence. Flags and fireworks, picnics and pledges of allegiance abounded. But there’s no liberty and justice for all if Americans aren’t economically independent. Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans […]


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