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Wealthy elite aim to silence working people via Friedrichs


By J. DAVID COX (Nov. 24, 2015) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments soon in a case that could undermine the rights of working people to negotiate collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Every working person should care about this case, even if it doesn’t personally affect you. This legal battle is […]

Why we have no confidence in Green River College’s trustees


Following is the Faculty Report delivering the vote of no confidence in the Green River College Board of Trustees at its Nov. 18 meeting. By JAENEY HOENE I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the history of community colleges in the United States. The first one was created in 1901, but the […]

Delta flight attendants seeking a voice at work with IAM


By NICOLE GRANT and JEANNE ELLIOTT (Nov. 20, 2015) — There are sisters flying through the air — and no, we’re not talking about the flying nun. They are our sisters (and brothers), the more than 20,000 flight attendants at Delta Air Lines, and they are fighting for a union. This significant, mostly female, workforce […]

Go bold: Double I-1366 tax cut with progressive tax reform


By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 18, 2015) — The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts, I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone’s reach, to […]

Trade laws unenforced as Alcoa cuts and cuts

By LEO W. GERARD (Nov. 17, 2015) — Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off. That’s because just two years ago, in October 2013, Markus and 750 fellow aluminum workers lost their jobs at Ormet […]

The TPP: Governance without governments


By STAN SORSCHER (Nov. 16, 2015) — Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? In the American political tradition, elected officials hold hearings, request studies, speak to constituents, take public comments, […]

For those who served, every day is Veterans Day


By WILL FISCHER (Nov. 11, 2015) — Each year on Nov. 11, Americans set aside 24 hours to pause, reflect and honor our nation’s veterans. But to those of us who wore the uniform, every day is Veterans Day. We are constantly flooded with thoughts and memories of places we served and the comrades who […]

‘Seniors Before CEOs’ would boost Social Security COLAs


By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 5, 2015) — More than 1.2 million people who receive Social Security benefits in Washington state will be getting a rude non-surprise on Jan. 1. That’s because they will not see any COLA increase in their Social Security checks. Why not? The COLA, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, takes account of inflation […]

Early learning must be part of Legislature’s education equation


By JOHN BURBANK (Oct. 21, 2015) — Recently the State Senate Early Learning and Education Committee brought their listening tour about K-12 education to Everett. This listening tour has come about as the Legislature has been found in contempt by our state Supreme Court of failing to meet “the paramount constitutional duty … to make […]

Hard-earned trust for proposed port should pay off


By MIKE BRIDGES LONGVIEW (Oct. 8, 2015) — There’s a major port revitalization project proposed in my community. I’m excited about what it means for our local Building Trades members and what it means to my hometown. This $680 million dollar project will employ more than 1,000 Building Trades members during its construction. It’s located […]


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