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Austerity cuts take ‘Social’ out of Security


By J. DAVID COX (Oct. 2, 2014) — Like most federal agencies, the Social Security Administration has faced deep, across-the-board cuts in recent years. These cuts have seriously degraded the administration’s ability to service a rapidly growing customer base and forced the agency to make tough choices about its future. SSA turned to the National […]

Klein on climate, political walks, Hyatt, Vancouver celebrates


By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 29, 2014) — A week ago Sunday more than 400,000 people, including 10,000-plus union members, marched through the streets of New York City with a simple but profound message — our fossil fuel-based economy is on a collision course with climate disaster. U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon said, “Climate change is […]

America’s progressive populist agenda ‘submerged’ in D.C.


By RICHARD TRUMKA (Sept. 26, 2014) — In reality, the 2014 election is about the economic well-being of working class Americans. But you wouldn’t know it from pundits, or the avalanche of TV ads. Recently the New York Times reported that in the last 10 years, the net worth of the typical U.S. household fell […]

Local elections critical to families, but voter turnout is poor


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 25, 2014) –The other day I was talking with a relative, and the subject of voting came up. He didn’t know anything about the coming elections, who the candidates are, and when you can vote. That is, he was like the majority of Washington citizens, for better or worse. That makes […]

Income inequality, climate change must be tackled together


By K.C. GOLDEN and JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 22, 2014) — In the wake of the Great Recession, it’s easy to forget that the American economy can be a powerful engine for opportunity. But as the economy sputters back to life, it faces two great threats to broadly shared prosperity: Extreme inequity and disruptive climate change. […]

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 […]


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