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Voters sent clear message on paid sick days, minimum wage

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By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 20, 2014) — The elections that just concluded helped to resolve nothing in our state. We will have a small Republican majority in the State Senate and a small Democratic majority in the State House. They won’t agree on much of anything. Perhaps the Legislature can take a few hints from […]

Let’s get off the hamster wheel on international trade

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By CELESTE DRAKE In January 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, responding to the introduction of the latest “Fast Track” legislation, said, “It is past time for the United States to get off the corporate hamster wheel on trade.” On the issue of trade, investment, and global economic rules, America’s workers — and our brothers and […]

Airlines’ lawsuit to deny raises at Sea-Tac Airport pure ‘chutzpah’

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By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Nov. 12, 2014) — Even if you don’t come from a Yiddish-speaking household, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the colloquial term “chutzpah:” Sheer gall or arrogance; temerity. As in, “He had the chutzpah, after killing his parents, to beg for mercy from the court because he was an orphan.” […]

ACA helping, but more can be done for those who need care

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By ROBERTA RILEY (Nov. 11, 2014) — I was slogging around the east side of Seattle’s Key Arena in my rain boots, brandishing my umbrella against the storm, when I nearly stumbled into a guy padlocking his bike to a rack. Soaking wet, he looked up and asked, “Do you know how to get inside […]

Voters mostly opted out, but were clear on economic issues

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By JEFF JOHNSON (Nov. 6, 2014) — A lot of Republicans won on Tuesday; both here and around the country. Contrary to the pronouncements of political operatives, there was not a repudiation of one party’s values and the crowning of another’s. The truth is the majority of those registered and eligible to vote, chose not […]

Know your state legislators, urge them to do the right thing

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By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 6, 2014) — In about a week, when all the ballots are counted, we will know for sure who will be our elected public servants for the next few years. But ask your friends and neighbors the simple question: Who are the state senator and representatives for the area where you […]

Election ’14: Will we ignore our challenges or confront them?

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By J. DAVID COX (Nov. 3, 2014) — I’ve been hearing a lot of issues being discussed in this election — the economy, Ebola, immigration, and income inequality, just to name a few. But what this election is really about is one question: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times […]

Initiative 1351: A mandate for our schools, our kids, our future

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By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 23, 2014) — It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voters’ pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for the candidates and issues which we support. One of […]

Dave Myers: ‘A leader who walks and talks labor solidarity’

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By JEFF JOHNSON (Oct. 21, 2014) — I want to take a moment and thank a young, forward-thinking labor leader who walks and talks labor solidarity. Dave Myers has left the position of Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and has accepted a position as an International Representative for […]

IEC Apprenticeship’s shutdown is 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 […]

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