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AFL-CIO: U.S.-China deal fails to address workers rights, cheating

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 17, 2020) — The following statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was issued Thursday regarding the trade deal with China signed on Wednesday: There is precious little in this deal that addresses China’s long-standing denial of basic labor rights. The deal also fails to address the worst aspects of China’s cheating — […]

Politicized NLRB failing to protect America’s working people

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 31, 2019) — Earlier this month, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after its latest actions to make it harder America’s working people to join together to negotiate for better wages, safer working conditions and respect on the job. He said the board is now populated by “corporate […]

ILWU: Our union will survive this challenge

The ILWU was fined $93.6 million over a labor dispute in Oregon, a sum which could bankrupt the union. Union President William E. Adams explains that the ILWU will fight the judgment in court and will continue to defend its members, no matter the outcome.   (Dec. 13, 2019) — The following is a column […]

AFL-CIO endorses USMCA after negotiating labor improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 10, 2019) — The following statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was issued this morning, provided the final USMCA text accurately reflects the changes: Make no mistake, we demanded a trade deal that benefits workers and fought every single day to negotiate that deal; and now we have secured an agreement that […]

Say NO to privatizer as Postmaster General

Urge USPS board to appoint new leader committed to public Postal Service   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 6, 2019) — The public service mission of the U.S. Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at risk if we don’t all act soon. In June 2018, the Trump administration […]

WSLC’s Brown: Heck has served ‘with honor and distinction’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 5, 2019) — Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA), who has represented Washington’s 10th District in Congress since he was first elected in 2012, announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election next year after he completes his fourth term as U.S. Representative. “It is incredible work but it takes its toll,” Heck wrote in […]

Help academic student employees fight back!

Submit comments opposing Trump NLRB’s proposal to take away their bargaining rights   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2019) — The Trump-appointed majority on the National Labor Relations Board has been pursuing an ambitious anti-labor agenda. It includes new regulations to weaken joint employer liability so companies aren’t responsible for their franchisers’ labor violations, restricting workers’ […]

Call today: No NAFTA 2.0 vote until it’s fixed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2019) — As Washington prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, a move is afoot in the other Washington to pass another “free trade” agreement that makes the same mistakes as its predecessors by putting corporations at the center of the deal, and […]

Trump executive order moves toward privatizing Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 18, 2019) — Last month, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that he said would protect and improve Medicare, but advocates for the national health insurance program say it does the exact opposite and is a backdoor effort to privatize Medicare, a goal sought by Republicans — but opposed by Americans […]

WSLC: Don’t allow industry to take away truckers’ rest breaks

Labor joins Sen. Murray, public safety advocates in fighting industry effort to take away truckers’ rest and meal breaks   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 11, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has joined dozens of public safety, consumer and labor organizations in urging the federal government to reject a request by the commercial trucking […]


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