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Those willing to be divided are willing to be conquered

By KEN WINKES “A house divided against itself shall not stand.” — Matthew 12:22-28, and Abraham Lincoln, 1858 “If we don’t hang together, by Heavens we shall hang separately…” — Benjamin Franklin, 1801 “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Aug. 2, 2018) — Make no mistake. The Supreme Court’s […]

Want to show true post-Janus solidarity? Join a union!

By JOHN BURBANK (July 30, 2018) — Many progressives are rightfully worried about the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which enables workers to gain the wages and benefits collectively bargained by unions without contributing dues. It is a public-sector version of “right to work” laws that are in force in 28 states. But we can […]

Mirror, mirror: Who’s to blame for our economic insecurity?

By KEN WINKES (June 21, 2018) — “Make American Great Again,” the candidate trumpeted just two years ago. Count me in. I’m all for a great America. But there are unmistakable signs our president is a far better at politics than he is at diagnosing what ails us. Mr. Trump got elected, but does he […]

Public servants aren’t the enemy. They’re us.

Attacking the people who provide services won’t fix what’s ails government   By DEREK KILMER (June 19, 2018) — Fifty-six years ago today, on June 19, 1962, John F. Kennedy was about a year and a half into his presidency. He took a break from a busy day to greet an incoming group of 6,000 […]

UW’s proposed wage cuts are unfair, unequal, and inequitable

By DOUGLAS CASTRO (May 31, 2018) — There are few things more insidious than couching oppression in the language of “fairness,” “community,” “equality,” and “equity.” I am not a “traditional” graduate student. Like many other Latinx (and African-American) students from working-class backgrounds, I decided to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree at the University of Washington not just because […]

We need better answers on trade, America’s economy

Free-market orthodoxy has failed. It’s time to consider our public interest.   By STAN SORSCHER (May 24, 2018) — In 2016, President Trump prevailed over 17 establishment opponents. He is a disrupter. In particular, he disrupted establishment trade policies that have failed millions of Americans. Too many workers and communities have been left behind. Too […]

I’m an ASE at UW. Here’s what that is, and why we’re on strike.

University of Washington works because we do. All we want is equity.   By DAVID KUMLER (May 15, 2018) — As an academic student employee (ASE), I occupy a strange position: I’m both a student and an employee; I’m neither a student nor an employee. You see, my status with respect to these categories is […]

Initiative 1631 invests in jobs, our clean energy future

By JEFF JOHNSON (May 14, 2018) — We are facing an existential crisis. We see it as sea levels rise, forcing people to flee their homes; we see it as ocean acidification, damaging shell fish and fishing habitat; we see it as glacial melt, causing flooding on the west side of our state; we see […]

Workers Memorial Day: Mourn the dead, fight for the living

Following are the remarks delivered at Thursday’s Workers Memorial Day commemoration at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. (Also see Workers Memorial Day events statewide this week.)   By LYNNE DODSON (April 26, 2018) — We gather today to mourn, to remember, to pay our respects and honor our sisters and brothers who lost […]

Wells Fargo greed is killing American jobs

Rally April 24 in Seattle’s Westlake Park to support call center workers   By MICHAEL SCHENDEL and CARISSA HAHN VANCOUVER, Wash. (April 20, 2018) — Last August, Wells Fargo announced the layoffs of more than 70 local workers at their Vancouver call center, giving these employees 60 days to pack their bags and find a […]


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