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Why this refinery worker backs Clean Energy Transition Act

By STEVE GAREY The following testimony was delivered at the March 14 public hearing on HB 1646, the Clean Energy Transition Act., before the House Committee on Environment. My name is Steve Garey. I am a retired refinery worker. For 24 years, I worked as a machinist for both Shell and Tesoro in the refineries […]

Early I-1433 results are in, raising minimum wage boosts jobs

By JOHN BURBANK (March 23, 2017) — Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, […]

Trump’s proposed budget endangers workers, public

Nixing Chemical Safety Board shows willingness to put us all at risk   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2017) — After the president issued a budget last week slashing and burning environmental, labor and educational programs, the guy responsible for the thing, Mick Mulvaney, contended those financial massacres are the heart’s desire […]

House bill would gut rights of Veteran Administration workers

UPDATE (March 17, 2017) — HR 1259, the attack on union rights of Veterans Affairs employees, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 240-175 vote on Thursday. Washington state’s congressional delegation voted on party lines with Republicans Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse, and Reichert all voting “yes,” and Democratic Reps. DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, Jayapal, […]

Rep. Steve King and the racist origins of ‘right-to-work’ laws

By STEVE SMITH (March 15, 2017) — Controversial Iowa Rep. Steve King is once again in hot water for espousing racist, white nationalist views, tweeting that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” He doubled down on his bigoted words over the weekend, telling CNN that “I meant exactly what I said.” King’s […]

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 […]


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