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Treasurer proposes long-term solution on education, will Legislature?


By JOHN BURBANK (April 23, 2015) — The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets. Neither party has a long-term plan for fully funding K-12 education, higher education, mental health, public employee contracts, and teacher COLAs. Why not? Because neither party has the will […]

As sine die nears, values-based operating budget comes first


By JEFF JOHNSON (April 21, 2015) — Sine die literally means to adjourn without assigning a day for further meetings or action. The Washington State Legislature is six days from sine die, but the work is not done. So we go into extra innings, overtime, or a Special or Extraordinary Legislative Session at a time […]

Secret trade deals, Fast Track thwart our cherished democracy

Bob Guenther of IBEW 77 and the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council and Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, joined in the April 18 neighborhood canvass in Olympia against Fast Track.

By LEO W. GERARD (April 20, 2015) — Free traders in Congress formally proposed last week that lawmakers relax, put their feet up and neglect the rigor of legislative review for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade scheme. The TPP is a secret deal among 12 Pacific Rim nations that was covertly negotiated by unelected officials […]

Why subsidize low-wage aerospace jobs in Washington?


By JON HOLDEN (April 15, 2015) — Today, low-wage workers across America are taking action to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form unions to negotiate with their employers. Here at Machinists Union District Lodge 751, we salute those hard-working people — fast food and home care workers, and even […]

Learn to share your story, build power at MayWorks event


(April 14, 2015) — Anyone who practices relational organizing will tell you about the power of people’s stories. Sharing your experience of injustice and fighting back is a very effective way of mobilizing others to action. By sharing what you know, you invite others to share their own experiences. Making that connection builds the community […]

Civil rights movement continues in Olympia with Voting Right Act


By JOHN BURBANK (April 8, 2015) — Tomorrow will the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee surrendering his troops to General Ulysses Grant, bringing to an end the Civil War. What had begun as a sectional war by which the South sought to preserve and expand slavery into the western territories, ended with the collapse […]

Mourn Randy, fight for dairy workers’ safety


DEATH AT THE RIVER RANCH DAIRY   By JEFF JOHNSON (April 7, 2015) — On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Randy Vasquez said goodbye to his wife and children and went to work at the River Ranch Dairy, 1220 Vance Road in Mabton, Wash. He never returned. Randy, 27, worked as a milker on the night shift. […]

Next Up: ‘Leaders of tomorrow’ are already leading today


By JUSTINE WINNIE (March 27, 2015) — It can be exciting for a young worker to sit in an audience and listen to Richard Trumka or Liz Shuler or other labor dignitaries discuss the importance of youth, energy, and diversity in the movement. But at the AFL CIO’s Next Up conference in Chicago last week, […]

Let’s help homeless kids succeed, rather than international banks


By JOHN BURBANK (March 25, 2015) — Our state’s public structures and services are the oil of our economic engine. From roads to bridges, preschool to college, veterans’ benefits to senior services, and protections for our air and drinking water, we’re all better off when we invest in strong communities. But there’s a big red […]

No on SB 5899: Payday loans don’t solve crisis, they create one


EDITORIAL (March 13, 2015) – Remember two years ago, when the Republican-controlled Washington State Senate brought our state to the brink of a government shutdown? The Senate had a list of ideological policy bills upon which they demanded House action before they would agree to an operating budget. After two overtime sessions, cooler heads finally […]


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