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AFSCME: Tell senators to stop delaying, save our public services

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act three months ago that would, among other things, provide $1 trillion to state and local governments struggling to maintain essential health, education and other public services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans have blocked a vote on […]

Cantwell urges action on COVID relief bill

At WSLC virtual town hall, senator backs key elements of HEROES Act   WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2020) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Thursday reiterated her strong support for the key features of the HEROES Act, legislation to provide economic and healthcare relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and called for an extension of […]

Join AFGE in urging Congress to fund USCIS, avoid furloughs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2020) — Next Monday, Aug. 3, furloughs were set to begin for more than 13,400 employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, won a temporary reprieve and got the furloughs postponed until Aug. 31. But now, AFGE is calling on all union […]

Report: CEO-to-worker pay ratio is 207-to-1 in Washington state

AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch highlights need for state tax reform, HEROES Act   SEATTLE (July 29, 2020) — The imbalance in the Washington’s economy between the pay of CEOs and working people continues to be a problem, as confirmed this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report. The Executive Paywatch website, the most comprehensive searchable online database tracking […]

Join WSLC town hall Thursday with Sen. Maria Cantwell

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will be hosting a Pass the HEROES Act virtual town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30. Click here to register to participate via Zoom video conferencing. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, working people are demanding a comprehensive coronavirus relief package that […]

Aviation unions urge extension of Payroll Support Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2020) — Unions representing U.S. aviation industry workers are calling on Congress to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP). The current program, which allocated grants to commercial airlines and airline contractors for the exclusive purpose of keeping employees on payroll with wages and benefits, is set to expire on […]

AFL-CIO condemns McConnell, GOP senators for failure to act

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2020) — The AFL-CIO and its affiliate labor unions condemn Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his body’s failure to pass the HEROES Act, deepening economic hardship for millions, especially those who will lose the additional $600 in unemployment insurance benefits expiring at the end […]

National Call-In Day: Pass the HEROES Act!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 22, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our lives and our economy. As America’s labor movement, we must urgently address the public health crisis and the economic damage it is causing. This crisis is showing that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy workforce. For too many of […]

Trumka on Census exclusion: Every human being counts

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 22, 2020) — In response to the Trump administration’s decision to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the U.S. Census for congressional seats, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement: Today’s announcement flies in the face of our national values and betrays the fundamental […]

GOP now backs payroll tax cut to raid, undermine Social Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2020) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in response to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealing that Congressional Republicans plan to demand a cut in payroll contributions, Social Security’s dedicated funding: Republican activist Grover Norquist once famously stated that he wants to reduce government to the size […]

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