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IEC shutdown a victory for tradeswomen

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By NICOLE GRANT (Oct. 20, 2014) — Picture a construction worker and you likely imagine a strong, square-jawed man in a hard hat and Carhartts. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong. Less than 3% of all construction workers nationwide are women. This is a tragedy because construction offers some of the best jobs there are in terms […]

Honor educators by tackling real challenges

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By ROBBY STERN (Oct. 13, 2014) — My wife, Dina, has been a school nurse at a middle school in Renton for five years. Previously, she was at the outpatient pediatric clinic at Harborview Medical Center for 20 years and worked at several other jobs as a pediatric nurse and labor and delivery nurse. She […]

True democracy ensures that all have fair chance in life’s ‘race’

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By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 8, 2014) — One of the things I do in the fall is volunteer as a coach for cross country at Ballard High School. I usually end up coaching the kids at the end of the pack. That’s how it should be. Because with cross country, it’s not just about the […]

Plight of the precariat: Good people don’t get good jobs

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By LEO W. GERARD (Oct. 7, 2014) — When Mary Grace Gainer anxiously told her master’s and doctoral advisors that she’d noticed want ads for college professors diminishing, they assured her, “Good people get good jobs.” So she focused on being very, very good. She earned straight A’s. She presented papers at academic conferences, including […]

SSA’s austerity cuts are taking ‘Social’ out of Security

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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