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Janus (Part 1): The fix is in at the Supreme Court

By DAVID GROVES Editor of The Stand Part 1 of 2 (March 6, 2018) — It couldn’t be more clear. The fix is in. After hearing oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME last week, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to ignore its institutional principles to deliver an orchestrated body blow to America’s labor movement. […]

By ignoring process, ’emergency’ disclosure bill promotes cynicism

By NICK LICATA (Feb. 28, 2018) — When I speak before groups, I say that the biggest danger we face in sustaining our democracy is cynicism, the belief that government is corrupt beyond repair. That belief sucks away our energy to challenge those in power to be accountable to the general public. Corruption can be […]

Public Records Act expands disclosure, but protects privacy

EDITOR’S NOTE — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has taken no position on ESB 6617, nor on the disclosure of legislative records in general. The WSLC will continue to advocate at the Legislature on behalf of working families as we always have — clearly, openly, honestly, and tenaciously. The WSLC is posting this opinion column […]

‘Right to Work’ is a cynical power grab to silence workers

We could certainly use more rights at work, starting with respecting the role of unions as the voice of workers and communities.    By STAN SORSCHER (Feb. 22, 2018) — The effort to expand cynically named “Right to Work” laws says a lot about what is wrong with politics in our country. Disguised as protecting […]

50 years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign

With more in poverty now than in 1968, rejoin the struggle for economic justice   (Feb. 12, 2018) — Today, University of Washington-Tacoma professor and labor historian Michael Honey will be video conferencing into a gathering at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Afterwards, marchers will go from there to retrace steps of the Memphis […]

50 years ago in Memphis, a new phase of our movement began

The time is right and it is our moral duty to work together to fulfill Dr. King’s social and economic justice dream   By JEFF JOHNSON (Feb. 2, 2018) — At the end of a blustery and rainy winter day two sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death […]

Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker

(Feb. 1, 2018) — Today, we are taking a moment of silence in honor of the two men, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, whose tragic deaths 50 years ago led to the Memphis sanitation strike and the historic involvement of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As part of “I AM 2018,” we are reposting […]

Speaking of taxes, right-wing political groups still avoid them

By PETER STARZYNSKI (Jan. 30, 2018) — Washington legislators are in the midst of a short legislative session and there is no shortage of reforms that lawmakers are considering. There is some chatter about perhaps the most crucial reforms: closing the nearly 700 wasteful tax loopholes enjoyed by corporations and special interest groups. While corporate interest groups have […]

If MLK were alive, he would fight Trump, his racism

Rev. King would be fighting Trump’s racism and his support for ‘right to work’    By DAVID GROVES (Jan. 12, 2018) — If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today, our stable-genius president likely would be referring to the 89-year-old civil rights icon by some juvenile, offensive, and probably racist nickname. And […]

Republican/Trump tax giveaway aims to force big cuts elsewhere

Social Security, Medicare, veterans, health care are all on chopping block   By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 6, 2017) — Last week I wrote an article for The Stand that warned that the Republican/Trump tax plan was not only a shift of our country’s commonwealth to the individual wealth of corporate donors, but was also a […]


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