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Our state lacks political will to properly fund our colleges

By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 20, 2017) — Monday night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities in the country. President Donald Trump had only asked for $54 billion. Politicians from both parties derided Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for […]

American aviation safety must remain a public service

Air-traffic privatization push hits turbulence in Congress—with good reason   By MONIKA WARNER (Sept. 11, 2017) — Message to the airlines: you can’t have it all. Control of the skies and aviation safety is a public service. Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, its equipment, and the jobs of more than 30,000 workers […]

Don’t repeat the mistakes of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy

Congress must fully fund rebuilding Houston, maintain labor standards   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 7, 2017) — As flood waters begin to slowly recede from Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas, rebuilding neighborhoods and communities will take a long time and cost a lot of money. Relief and reconstruction efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey are […]

Labor Day: Why we continue to join together

The following guest column appears in today’s edition of The Seattle Times. By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 4, 2017) — My sisters and I grew up during the 1950s and 1960s in a single-parent household on Long Island, New York. Mom worked as a secretary for the local Chamber of Commerce and later as an aide […]

Boeing ♥s Ryan’s tax cuts, as long as no job strings attached

By JOHN BURBANK EVERETT (August 24, 2017) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will come to Everett on Thursday to tour the Boeing factory here and make a case for lighter taxes on corporations. “Lighter taxes on multinational corporations will mean more jobs,” he’ll say, smugly pursing his thin lips. Only problem: Boeing gets huge tax […]

No more trickle-down ‘free trade’ agreements

NAFTA betrayed us. Any new deal must prioritize people, not corporations.   By LEO W. GERARD (Aug. 22, 2017) — Free trade be damned. People don’t need any more free trade. They need jobs. And not just any jobs. They need good jobs with living wages and decent benefits. That’s what negotiators from the United […]

This is no way to govern

With state shutdown looming, budget deal reached in triple OT   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. PRESIDENTS’ COLUMN By JEFF JOHNSON For the past five years the Washington State Legislature has been locked in an ugly and unproductive game of brinkmanship that has cost […]

I-1433 set stage for historic family leave victory

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. SECRETARY TREASURER’S COLUMN By LYNNE DODSON In the midst of a session that demonstrated just how dysfunctional a divided Legislature can be, one amazing thing happened. Washington state passed a paid family and medical disability leave bill that is […]

Are smoky skies a glimpse of our future?

Trump’s ‘deregulation’ of environmental protections threaten our air quality   By JOHN BURBANK (August 9, 2017) — Watching the red sunsets this past week, and sometimes not being able to see the Olympics looking west, reminded me a bit of China. Three years ago my wife and I took an amazing trip to Shanghai to […]

The Art of Deception: Truly, the Emperor has no clothes

200 days of Trump’s ‘Art of Deception’ make it clear: He’s unfit for office   By JEFF JOHNSON (Aug. 7, 2017) — Six months into the Trump presidency and much of the American public has a severe case of PTSD. The latest Quinnipiac Poll has the president’s favorability ratings dropping to 33% — only the […]


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