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Invest in corrections workers to make prisons, communities safer

By JOHN SCEARCY (Feb. 24, 2017) — The state Legislature is right to focus on fully funding our public education system as required under the McCleary decision. We need to invest in our children. But legislators in Olympia must also invest in the public servants who provide essential services to the residents of our state. […]

Boeing spent our tax breaks investing in other states, nations

By JOHN BURBANK (Feb. 23, 2017) — Here’s a headline that should make us happy: “Trump, Battered in Washington, Is Buoyed at Boeing Rally.” That was from The New York Times last Friday. But the funny thing is, there was no Boeing rally in our state, where the vast majority of Boeing workers live and […]

Labor and community unity makes all of us stronger

By KAREN STRICKLAND OLYMPIA (Feb. 22, 2017) — Monday, Feb. 20 was a wet and dreary day. Or so it seemed it would be. Instead, roughly 1,200 people gathered to celebrate our collective power — ordinary people fighting for racial equity, economic justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, quality education from early learning through higher education, […]

Let’s call out Trump administration’s big lies

By MARK M. MCDERMOTT (Feb. 20, 2017) — We live in dangerous times and it is critical to understand the political and psychological warfare mounted against us in the new age of Trumpian “alternative facts.” This warfare is not new. In 1928, Edward Bernays, the father of modern public relations and author of the historic […]

Credit mass resistance, not Judge Robart, for lifting travel ban

By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Feb. 14, 2017) — When I first heard the good news on February 3 that U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart had slapped a restraining order on Trump’s travel ban, I texted a labor attorney friend: “Goodness—Judge Robart! Am I obliged to like him now?” You see, while millions of people […]

Sen. Doug Ericksen should resign as per our State Constitution

By JOHN BURBANK (Feb. 10, 2017) — Adam Smith’s idea is a powerful one: individuals acting in their own interest to maximize personal profit will create economic benefits for all. But left unregulated and unrestrained, self-interest inevitably leads to the exact opposite. To note one of many examples: widespread mortgage fraud and exotic financial instruments […]

‘Right-to-Work’ is not about rights, it’s a cynical power grab

By STAN SORSCHER OLYMPIA (Feb. 8, 2017) — We should see “Right-to-Work” legislation for what it really is. It’s about power, not rights. Workers have surprisingly few rights in the workplace. We don’t have First Amendment rights to free speech. To the contrary, employers can hold “captive audience” meetings where workers are obligated to hear […]

Dem-sponsored bill would limit school workers’ bargaining rights

By DAVID WESTBERG OLYMPIA (Feb. 7, 2017) — In the latest of the national efforts to demonize public and educational employees, and following on the heels of similar anti-collective bargaining drives in Ohio, Wisconsin and Tennessee, Republicans in the “blue” State of Washington’s Senate have unleashed a number of legislative attacks on workers. They range […]

McCormick was ‘fierce, fearless, devoted’ family, union man

By JEFF JOHNSON (Feb. 6, 2017) — “If you believe in something, fight for it.” This was one of the “Kennyisms” that his son, James, shared with us at the memorial service for his dad this past Saturday. Of course, those who knew Kenny or those who didn’t know him well but were able to […]

Did someone just say ‘industrial policy?’

Free trade orthodoxy has failed us. We need new rules that reflect our values.   By STAN SORSCHER (Feb. 3, 2017) — Let’s take a breath and step back from our circus-like introduction to the Trump era. A few weeks ago, we were trying to decode voters’ messages in the U.S. and U.K. Donald Trump, […]


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