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School funding, negotiating rights – at last

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. SECRETARY TREASURER’S COLUMN By LYNNE DODSON Campaign materials for Republicans and Democrats nearly always tout the candidates’ strong support for public education. Yet, with a divided Legislature over the past several years, the slogans on campaign literature […]

Safety net strengthened for Hanford workers

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By NICKOLAS BUMPAOUS In 1943, the federal government brought 50,000 people to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to manufacture plutonium for the world’s first atomic bombs. In 1990, Hanford’s mission shifted from nuclear materials production to environmental clean-up. […]

Capital budget means good jobs

Costly hostage crisis finally ends   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. As legislators convened in January, $4.3 billion in job-creating public infrastructure projects had been held hostage by Senate Republicans for nearly a year over an unrelated water-rights issue. This unprecedented injection […]

Big wins for the building trades

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. Building and construction trades workers scored some major legislative victories in 2018. The following were all signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee: ●  SB 5493, prime sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), establishes prevailing wage rates […]

When we work together, we win

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By MARK RIKER The Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council entered the 2018 legislative session with two main goals in mind: to create jobs for our members, and to make sure those jobs are the best […]

Voters get more ‘Access to Democracy’

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. More than 1 million Washingtonians were eligible to register to vote in 2016, but didn’t. And of those registered, nearly 1 in 5 didn’t vote. The November 2017 General Election set a record low for voter turnout  […]

On race, the WVRA and dog-whistle politics

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By ERIC GONZÁLEZ ALFARO We can no longer endure the concept of race-neutral, color blind, or what should be more accurately described as race ignorant. Our cultural and ethnic identities deserve to be acknowledged and are relevant […]

Public employees achieve ambitious agenda

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By JOE KENDO The 2018 legislative session provided an opportunity for public sector workers to move legislation that has long stagnated due to intransigence from Senate Republicans. With a pro-worker majority, including new committee chairs, now leading […]

Another punt on our upside-down tax code

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By JOE KENDO Washington is a great place to live, with strong communities, beautiful natural resources for recreation and healthy living, and a robust economy with good wages. However, the people of our state also suffer under […]

DREAM Act 2.0 maintains access to higher education

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By GRACIELA NUÑEZ PARGAS In another win for the progressive labor movement, undocumented youth are now eligible for the College Bound scholarships regardless of immigration status. HB 1488, prime sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Is.), known […]

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