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True patriots pay their taxes; freeloaders cheat America


By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 25, 2016) — Now that your ballots have arrived, take a pause and before you vote, consider, what does it mean to be an American? As Americans, we are all in this election together. We are in this country, this economy, this culture, and this government together. And what is government? […]

How the Superintendent of Public Instruction can empower workers


By CHRIS REYKDAL (Oct. 20, 2016) — My name is Chris Reykdal, and I am running to serve as our Superintendent of Public Instruction, the chief officer of our state’s public schools. I am endorsed in this race by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; the Washington Education Association; and nearly 30 local affiliates across […]

Trump dumped U.S. workers for dumped steel from China


By LEO W. GERARD (Oct. 11, 2016) — On Sept. 2, a tarp covering part of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught fire during repair work. The flames enveloped a steel beam that buckled and nearly caused the entire 88-year-old structure to collapse. A town already racked by hard-to-navigate streets and limited access into downtown […]

The stories of Raye and Roy are the stories of America


By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 5, 2016) — My friend invited my wife and me to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday. We enjoyed an evening of great food and wine, stories of the past and hopes for the future. The stories of the past were such powerful American anecdotes that we all thought that my friends […]

We support trade, but oppose flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership


By LYNNE DODSON and BOB GUENTHER (Oct. 3, 2016) — There’s a silly argument afoot lately that those who oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are opposed to all trade deals between nations. Quite the contrary. We support trade, we rely on trade, and we understand the importance of trade to the people and businesses in […]

Seattle hotel Initiative 124 protects women


By MELODY RAUEN and NICOLE GRANT (Sept. 28, 2016) — Seattle protects women. It’s what our city, with a legacy of dynamic female leaders, does. Seattle has a long history of brave women fighting for what’s right. Founded here in 1907, Waitresses’ Union Local 240 was one of the first women’s unions chartered by the […]

There’s no debate on who deserves our vote for president


If you care about jobs, rights, environment… you’ll vote for Hillary Clinton   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 27, 2016) — Regardless of who you think performed better during the televised presidential debate last night, if you are a working person, a union member, there is no debate about who to vote for. If you care […]

We can Raise Up Washington with Initiative 1433 this fall


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 26, 2016) — The campaign for president is getting most of the media attention this year, but we have other important decisions to make as voters this November. Among the initiatives on the ballot is Initiative 1433, also known as Raise Up Washington. This initiative will put in place minimum standards […]

Freedom Foundation complaint unfounded, frivolous but costly


Anti-union group’s political harassment wastes public resources   By SARAH LASLETT (Sept. 23, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) started drawing the ire and attention of the right-wing Freedom Foundation back in 2014. It all started because the Freedom Foundation didn’t think it was appropriate for the Labor Center […]

Arbitrary regulatory process can cost jobs


By LARRY BROWN and LEE NEWGENT (Sept. 19, 2016) — Most Washingtonians are unfamiliar with the state’s regulatory-review process. It is technical, it is cumbersome and it is a side of government few ever see up close. But we are all familiar with jobs. And exports. And Washington state products — Boeing airplanes, wheat and […]




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