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WSLC stands ready to push back, move forward on justice for all


Labor movement will fight for justice, stand with community partners   By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 5, 2016) — As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, fear and anxiety grows daily in the labor, immigrant rights, LBGTQ, Muslim, African American and environmental communities. While the incoming president does not appear to have a […]

Washington state can bypass judge’s overtime-pay roadblock


By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 30, 2016) — Two weeks ago the people of our state voted to raise the minimum wage to $11 in 2017, and eventually $13.50 in 2020. It’s an important step forward — but just one step. And thanks to a judge in Texas, Washington state has some more work to do. […]

Address housing, city priorities by creating Seattle Public Bank


By JOHN M. REPP and CINDY COLE (Nov. 30, 2016) — On Nov. 4, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant proposed legislation to allow socially responsible credit unions and community banks to manage the deposits of the city, deposits that are currently managed by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has been caught defrauding customers and has […]

Anti-democracy Electoral College must be nixed so winner wins


By JOHN BURBANK (Nov. 17, 2016) — Our leaders always reference democracy with the founders of our country. That is not true. The founders had a much different vision of power and control, one that did not and still does not comport with democracy. We started our journey as a nation with the Declaration of […]

Still waiting for good jobs in Cowlitz County


By MIKE BRIDGES LONGVIEW (Nov. 14, 2016) — For the past four plus years, our Brothers and Sisters in Southwest Washington have been waiting on the promise of new jobs. Today, the wait continues. Millennium Bulk Terminals first applied for permits in February 2012 to redevelop a former Reynolds aluminum smelter into a world-class bulk […]

We have a responsibility to get back up and fight like hell


By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 10, 2016) — It was hard to get up yesterday. I was certain we were going to see our first woman president. But that isn’t what happened. Instead, we have a racist, sexist, xenophobic, lying, sociopath who seems to be possibly the least qualified person to hold the presidency ever. But […]

Election 2016: A referendum on globalization, demographics


By BILL FLETCHER, JR. (Nov. 10, 2016) — Had it not been for the Electoral College, at this moment we would be discussing the plans for the incoming Hillary Clinton administration. That’s right. She actually won the popular vote. Thus, once again, that institution created by the founding slave owners has risen from the grave […]

WSLC’s Johnson: We will heal by building a stronger movement


(Nov. 9, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement this morning regarding the presidential election results: Last night’s election results have stunned the world. What has mostly seemed unbelievable over the past 18 months has happened. Our next president is a self-proclaimed misogynist, racist, and xenophobe […]

Listen to your mother — get out there and vote


By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 8, 2016) — This election matters. Every vote matters. I learned this morning that the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment was Tennessee (thanks RadioLab!) — and that ratification hinged on the vote of one state representative who listened to his mother. I’ve felt sappy and anxious and urgent for […]

Doorbelling at the scene of corporate crimes


In western Pennsylvania, people are angry — with good reason   By MARK McDERMOTT WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (Nov. 4, 2016) — I first came to Pittsburgh in 1983 as a representative of the Seattle-King County Unemployed Organizing Committee which eventually morphed into the Seattle Worker Center, which is part of the M.L. King County Labor […]



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