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Social Security benefits will rise in 2019, but checks may not

By NANCY ALTMAN (Oct. 12, 2018) — As a result of inflation, people on fixed incomes find that their incomes decline in value over time. One extremely important feature of Social Security is that its benefits are adjusted every year automatically to offset increases in inflation so that the modest, but vital, benefits do not erode over […]

Kavanaugh saga’s lesson: Keep fighting for justice

By LYNNE DODSON (Oct. 4, 2018) — This week, we’re told that the FBI has investigated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Though this has slightly delayed the scheduled floor vote on his Senate confirmation until tomorrow, it is astounding that his past record and his performance during […]

NAFTA 2018: Devil’s in the unknown details

By LYNNE DODSON (Oct. 2, 2018) — A new NAFTA? We woke up Monday to hear that a new NAFTA has been negotiated; that all the United States, Mexico, and Canada are in; and that this new trade agreement will be good for workers. Too soon to tell. According to AFL-CIO Trade Policy Specialist Celeste […]

It’s Knocktober! Join the fun, volunteer for Labor Neighbor.

By CHERIKA CARTER (Knockt. 1, 2018) — Every fall as the weather changes and the smell of pumpkin fills the air, thousands of union members take to the streets and knock doors all across the country to have face-to-face conversations with other union members about pro-working candidates who will stand up for working families. Here in […]

Free yourself of Freedom Foundation spam

By PETER STARZYNSKI (Sept. 25, 2018) — The anti-worker Freedom Foundation (aka “Opt Out Today”) is up to its old tricks. The group has been blasting out thousands of unsolicited emails to public workers, harassing them about their union membership. These are teachers, nurses and social workers — your friends, family and neighbors, or maybe you […]

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room

WSLC Race and Labor training: How it started and why it’s essential   By APRIL SIMS (Sept. 10, 2018) — “In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training […]

We must restore the freedom to join together, form unions

By REP. ADAM SMITH (Sept. 7, 2018) — The ability to organize and collectively bargain for benefits is one of the most important advances in American law and our economy. This right has directly contributed to the shared prosperity and increased standards of living that helped grow America’s middle class. Union organizing furthers economic justice, […]

Labor, community are tackling our challenges

This Labor Day, we are bending the ‘arc of the moral universe’ toward justice   By JEFF JOHNSON (Sept. 3, 2018) — Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned 41 years of labor law precedent with its Janus v. AFSCME decision, unions and the labor movement are healthy, growing, and working with community partners […]

Macy’s workers unite for better conditions — and for respect

By CANDACE HEMPHILL (Aug. 30, 2018) — Retail work is getting harder and harder in many places across our region. It’s getting harder all across the nation. Unfortunately, Macy’s corporate leadership represents a good example of some of the problems workers face. Alongside many other members of UFCW 21, the largest private-sector union in Washington, […]

Trump’s ‘NAFTA without Canada’ deal is still incomplete

Trump promised trade deals that are good for U.S. workers. This one isn’t — yet.   By HILLARY HADEN (Aug. 28, 2018) — News broke Monday morning that President Trump had finally completed the trade agreement he promised the American people. In a press conference from the Oval Office, Trump announced that the United States and […]


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