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Union growth in Washington is good for all working people

By LARRY BROWN SEATTLE (Feb. 8, 2019) — The following remarks on the state of unions in Washington 100 years after the Seattle General Strike were delivered yesterday by Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, at the Seattle City Council’s Housing, Health, Energy, & Workers’ Rights Committee, hosted by Councilmember Teresa […]

Seattle, 1919: Labor’s most spectacular revolt

By CAL WINSLOW On February 6, 1919, Seattle’s workers struck — all of them. In doing so they took control of the city. The strike was in support of 35,000 shipyard workers, then in conflict with the city’s shipyards owners and the federal government’s U.S. Shipping Board, which was still enforcing wartime wage agreements. Seattle’s […]

MLK: Champion of unions, economic justice

EDITOR’S NOTE (Jan. 18, 2019) — The following column was first posted at The Stand four years ago, but given the continued assault on the freedom to join together in unions with Janus v. AFSCME and other attacks, we’re posting it again as we honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. See […]

This shutdown has made America less safe

Aviation safety workers want to do our jobs protecting you—and to get paid what we’ve earned. Is that too much to ask?   By MONIKA WARNER (Jan. 15, 2019) — I am a proud member and local leader of Professional Aviation Safety Specialists in Washington state (PASS WA3, AFL-CIO). We install, maintain, support and certify equipment and […]

We need real immigration reform, not a wall

Trump must stop holding public, federal workforce hostage with shutdown   By JEFF JOHNSON (Jan. 3, 2019) — President Trump wants a wall – a wall between the United States and Mexico. He wants it so bad that he shut down as much of the U.S. government as he could in order to try and […]

Labor, community organizing brings quick results in Tacoma

By MONIKA WARNER, HANNAH CLARKE GILMORE, and PIERCE COUNTY PRIDE@WORK TACOMA (Dec. 19, 2018) — This is a story about labor and community solidarity in the struggle for inclusiveness for all. And it’s about how members of the fast-growing Pierce County Pride@Work got a crash course in civic engagement, labor unions, and the ways they […]

70 years (and counting) of striving for basic human rights

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 10, 2018) — On December 10, 1948, 70 years ago today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed by all but eight member countries of the newly formed United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt was the chair of the document’s drafting committee. It took two years to write the text at a […]

Congratulations, Larry and April; and thank you, Lynne Dodson

By JEFF JOHNSON (Dec. 7, 2018) — I want to congratulate Larry Brown and April Sims on their election to the offices of President and Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. They take the reins of leadership at a time when the WSLC is stronger than it has been in decades, known […]

We don’t feel better off, because we’re not

Dear trade experts: Cheaper consumer goods don’t make up for lost jobs, lower living standards, and diminished opportunities.   By STAN SORSCHER (Dec. 4, 2018) —  Earlier this year, trade experts explained to two audiences in Seattle how workers should adjust to the global economy. Workers displaced by global competition could learn computer skills and […]

‘We didn’t bail out GM so it could hoard profits, close plants’

DETROIT (Nov. 27, 2018) — The following is a statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes:   Hello brothers and sisters, I’m holding in my hand the 2015 master contract between GM and the UAW. Our membership in the UAW and General Motors ratified this agreement and the one in 2011. And it wasn’t without […]


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