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Tacoma must do better on paid sick leave


By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 19, 2014) — “Councilwoman Walker’s son, Michael, works for me at the Seattle Center. Michael is a great worker. I like Michael. What I want to ask is why, is it OK for Michael to earn 7 days of paid sick leave in Seattle, but for the sons and daughters of […]

I-1351 is the law: Legislators need to fund smaller class sizes


By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 18, 2014) — When is a law not a law? That seems to be the question taken up by The (Everett) Herald’s editorial board, education “reform” groups like Stand for Children, The Seattle Times, state legislators and now the governor. It is an odd question to ask, as it is directed […]

End ‘bad trade’ to revive the American dream


By LEO W. GERARD (Dec. 16, 2014) — Under billions of tons of imports, the American dream is suffocating. The American people have lost faith. They know that bad trade has bled factories, middle-class jobs and wage increases from the country. A report issued last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how bad […]

Fair wages, quality public services embody holiday season’s values


By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 5, 2014) — Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogs, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex. We Americans like to wrap ourselves in football, new automobiles, beer, espresso drinks and other things, or, at […]

‘No separate peace:’ Tyree Scott’s WTO message still resonates


By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM (Dec. 2, 2014) — “There can be no separate peace.” If you spent any time with Tyree Scott, you probably heard him say that. It was a lesson seared into his experience through years of struggle — first, in militant closures of Seattle construction sites intended to pry open the building trades […]

Establish Seattle Public Bank; learn more at Dec. 10 forum


By JOHN M. REPP and CINDY COLE (Dec. 1, 2014) — An exciting proposal is being considered that could liquidate Seattle’s $4 billion debt, while creating the funding for the transition to renewable energy, for affordable housing, and for the creation of thousands of living wage jobs. This proposal could start a process of financial […]

Voters sent clear message on paid sick days, minimum wage


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


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’


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


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 […]


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