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Amid attacks on abortion rights, unions must fight back

We have the tools to transform protests into concrete actions defending bodily autonomy   By SHAUNIE WHEELER JAMES and CHERIKA CARTER (June 27, 2022) — As working people, we must be clear and unwavering; bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom are labor issues that unions must fight to preserve. With the release of the Dobbs opinion, […]

BAM! Building a Movement for social justice

UW’s new paid internship program connects students with local union movement     By AMRINE WHITE (June 22, 2022) — Earlier this month, the University of Washington wrapped up the first year of its new Building a Movement (BAM) internship program with an interactive Know Your Rights Training. The 11 BAM interns taught other undergraduate students […]

April Sims: What Juneteenth means to me

Celebrating our resilience in the ongoing fight for economic, racial justice   By APRIL SIMS TACOMA (June 19, 2022) — Washington will recognize Juneteenth as an official State holiday for the first time this year. This increased recognition of Freedom Day — long celebrated by Black Americans coast to coast — provides an opportunity for […]

This is a great month to join Pride at Work

Celebrate Pride by standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ community   By LARRY BROWN (June 16, 2022) — “The Concern of One is the Concern of All.” That’s the simple Declaration of Principle found in the Constitution of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the organization that I have the privilege to lead. That’s also a […]

How community action saved Seattle Central training programs

Legislature needs to prioritize CTC funding to end such self-destructive proposals   By CORTNEY MARABETTA (May 6, 2022) — Last Wednesday, The Seattle Times reported that the Culinary Arts program at Seattle Central College was scheduled for closure, due to budget concerns at the school. It went unreported, but the Maritime Academy, Wood Technology Center, […]

May Day: Respect us, protect us, pay us

By AMRINE WHITE (May 5, 2022) — Last Sunday the voices of community members and workers alike filled the streets of Seattle: “This is what democracy looks like…Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here… What do we do when undocumented lives are under attack? Stand up, fight back!” This year’s May Day […]

Biden visit reminds us why elections matter

By LARRY BROWN (April 25, 2022) — Elections matter. And President Biden’s visit to Western Washington last week offered a reminder of why working families in the country are so fortunate to have him as president, and how he and his administration have prioritized labor’s concerns and well-being. Early last week, the Director of Labor […]

An industrial policy that works for workers

As Congress fixes supply chains, it should also update anti-dumping enforcement   By DEAN SHOWERS (April 19, 2022) — The U.S. Congress is considering what would be the biggest industrial policy bill in decades, called the Bipartisan Innovation Act. Passing it would mean billions of dollars in incentives to make high-tech products in the United […]

The beauty and burden of being first

Organized labor celebrates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and the many other Black women leading us forward and giving us hope.   By APRIL SIMS (April 8, 2022) — Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the United States Supreme Court is a step towards ensuring the highest court in the land looks like the country it […]

UW tops in research, bottom in library pay

By JASON SOKOLOFF (April 5, 2022) — When most people think about the library, they likely think about the books — so many books! Or maybe they recall the quiet spots that allow for focus and concentration, studying for exams, or simply reading. Avid library users may also associate them with online databases that unlock […]

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