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Strong strike solidarity for faculty at Green River College


By LYNNE DODSON AUBURN (May 24, 2016) — I will never cross a picket line. Yesterday, hundreds of members of the Green River United Faculty Coalition/AFT Local 2195 started a three-day strike against the retaliatory practices of Green River College President Eileen Ely and Board of Trustee chair Pete Lewis. They are talking a courageous […]

Nonunion elevators raise safety concerns at Swedish job site


By JIM NORRIS SEATTLE (May 24, 2016) — Swedish Medical Center is a unionized hospital and typically all of its construction projects are union built, including the two 17-story towers now being built on Swedish’s main First Hill Campus by Sellen Construction. Scheduled for occupation by the end of 2019, this project is creating hundreds […]

Senate Republicans: Put down the shovels, get out of the hole


By JEFF JOHNSON As Molly Ivins used to say, “The first rule of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging.” My message to Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and the Senate Republican majority: “Put down your shovels.” Expectations were low for the 2016 legislative session and these expectations were met. I’m not […]

New OT pay rule is a victory for middle-wage workers, all of us

Alarm Clock And Banknotes

By JOHN BURBANK (May 19, 2016) — Yesterday President Obama makes up for four decades of neglect of middle wage workers by both Republican and Democratic administrations. That’s thanks to a new federal rule on how and how much employers pay workers. This new rule will result in workers gaining literally thousands of dollars more […]

Deny NAI: We must protect open, fair aviation competition


By PETER DEFAZIO, FRANK LOBIONDO and RICK LARSEN (May 5, 2016) — The planes are painted in the national colors of Norway, their tails decorated with pictures of famous Norwegians. Emblazoned on the fuselage in bold print is the airline’s name, Norwegian. You buy your tickets at Norwegian’s website to fly on the airline from […]

As Boeing cuts jobs here, we’re paying to boost its stock price


By JOHN BURBANK (May 4, 2016) — Last week Boeing reported that it had skipped out on $305 million in taxes in 2015. Back in 2013, Legislature enacted a special Boeing exemption from business taxes. The legislative intent was to keep jobs in Washington. But that was not written into the tax exemption bill. So […]

Republicans on silica: It’s OK for corporations to kill people


By LEO W. GERARD (April 27, 2016) — Alan White couldn’t shout jubilation from the rooftop on March 25 when he heard that the U.S. Department of Labor, after decades of trying, had finally issued a stricter rule to limit exposure to potentially deadly silica dust in workplaces. He was happy, all right. After all, […]

Jim McNerney’s legacy at Boeing: $29 billion in 787 bills


By DAVID GROVES (April 21, 2016) — Bloomberg reports that Boeing Co. shares tumbled Wednesday after an analyst downgraded the stock to “underperform” and said the company stood little chance of fully recovering the $32 billion that’s been sunk into developing the 787 Dreamliner jet. Despite the company’s assurances, some analysts believe the 787 will […]

I-1433 will help ensure our economy works for us


By JOHN BURBANK (April 20, 2016) — What is the value of work? Is it what you get paid? Economists trained to embrace the private market simply equate the value of your work with your wage. It’s simple, easy to understand… and wrong. That equation is built on the theoretical idea of an economy with […]

The racist past and present of ‘right-to-work’ laws


By JOHN BOYLE and MICHAEL HUREAUX (April 19, 2016) — Of all the language-twisting political slogans of our time, few have had so long a lease on life as the phrase “right-to-work.” Right-to-work laws (RTW) are rooted in the quest for super-exploited labor. They are used to justify racial exclusion, destroy established collective bargaining agreements, […]




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