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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 […]

House Dems OK $15 minimum wage; Senate GOP vows to kill it

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) — The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been frozen at $7.25 an hour for more than 10 years, to $15 an hour by the year 2025 and index it so future increases are automatic. Importantly, the “Raise the Wage Act […]

U.S. House to vote on raising minimum wage to $15 by 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2019) — Congress has not raised the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour in more than 10 years, eroding the buying power of millions of full-time American workers and forcing many of them to live in poverty. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on the “Raise the […]

Alliance sets historic ‘Solidarity for Climate Action’ platform

PITTSBURGH (July 1, 2019) — Leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance last week released their platform to create good-paying jobs and fight income inequality by addressing the climate crisis at the headquarters of the United Steelworkers (USW) in Pittsburgh. The historic platform — entitled Solidarity for Climate Action — would put workers at the forefront of […]

Executive PayWatch: Rich CEOs get richer, unlike the rest of us

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2019) — In 2018, CEOs of S&P 500 companies made, on average, $14.5 million, a $500,000 increase from the previous year, according to the latest AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report released Tuesday. Compare that to the average rank-and-file worker who received barely more than a $1,000 raise, bringing total take-home pay in 2018 […]

Democratic presidential hopefuls agree: Not this NAFTA

The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2019) — Last Thursday, Citizens Trade Campaign released responses it had received from 16 Democratic presidential candidates, including all of the leading contenders — Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris, O’Rourke, Booker, Inslee, and others — stating that Congress should not pass NAFTA […]

Don’t buy the fear-mongering regarding Social Security

Congress should expand earned benefits by having wealthy pay their fair share   The following is from Social Security Works: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2019) — The New York Times recently ran a headline sure to scare seniors: Unfortunately, the author spoke mainly to sources who buy into a false right-wing narrative that benefit cuts are […]


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