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Trump’s border-wall military cuts hit home at Naval Base Kitsap

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 5, 2019) — Members of Washington’s congressional delegation are decrying President Donald Trump’s decision to divert $3.6 billion in funding from more than 100 military construction projects, including one at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, to supplement the $1.4 billion Congress recently appropriated for the construction of his border wall along the […]

Employers are weaponizing ICE against immigrant workers

By SARAH TUCKER Special to The Stand (Aug. 27, 2019) — Unscrupulous employers are weaponizing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against employees who stand up for themselves and their rights as working people in this country. We’ve seen it this month in Morton, Miss., where ICE detained nearly 700 people working at Koch Foods […]

Fired SC Boeing Machinists win legal battle

The following is from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 20, 2019) — Five instances of company discipline and unjust terminations of IAM members at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C. have been found to be acts of unlawful retaliation against employees for their support of […]

Save veteran construction training programs

The following is from the Union Veterans Council: (Aug. 19, 2019) — After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree or a future,” Attig said. That changed when he found a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the North […]

No vote on NAFTA ’til it’s fixed: Tuesday is National Call-In Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 25 years of NAFTA empowering corporations to undermine basic labor standards, attack environmental laws, and outsource more than 1 million U.S. jobs, the revised NAFTA 2.0 deal that Donald Trump signed in late 2018 is not the transformational replacement we need. In fact, in addition to failing to include strong labor […]

CEO pay is up more than 1000% since 1978

But the typical worker compensation has risen only 12% during that time   The following is from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2019) — CEO pay at the top 350 firms in 2018 was $17.2 million on average, according to new analysis by EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe. […]

AFGE sues feds over banning talk of ‘resistance’ or impeachment

The following is from AFGE: COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Aug. 14, 2019) — The American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 sued the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday to protect the First Amendment rights of federal employees. The suit follows guidance issued by the OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any […]

Protect Social Security Admin. workers to protect your benefits

Trump’s anti-worker executive orders are “a backdoor way to get rid of workers, and thus the services they provide to the American people.”   The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2019) — Eighty-four years ago, on Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law […]

Murray meets with Snohomish, Island unionists on PRO Act

EVERETT (Aug. 6, 2019) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate’s labor committee, met with local union organizers and leaders on Monday for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Snohomish & Island County Labor Council about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Murray is sponsoring this legislation to […]

Urge Labor Department to save state-registered apprenticeships

By KAIRIE PIERCE Special to The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2019) — Washington state has a robust registered apprenticeship system that trains individuals to become highly-skilled, highly-paid workers through a debt-free, technologically-advanced education in all types of industries and occupations. These earn-as-you-learn programs can pay family-sustaining wages and provide health care coverage and retirement […]


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