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The high cost of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976

By DAVID GROVES LYNNWOOD (Sept. 6, 2019) — This week, Sound Transit broke ground on the construction of the new 8.5-mile Lynnwood Link Extension, which will extend light rail from Seattle’s Northgate by four stations to Lynnwood city center. When it’s finished in 2024, folks in south Snohomish County will be able to ride Link […]

This Labor Day, celebrate power of solidarity

By joining together and committing to real change, we have the power to do it all!   By LARRY BROWN (Aug. 30, 2019) — This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, and this year we have much to celebrate. Unions are on the rise — and they should be. Our labor has created the world’s most […]

How unions are fighting climate change

Corporations put profits over workers and the environment. We must join together to demand they protect both.   By APRIL SIMS (Aug. 29, 2019) — In late July, the owners of the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland announced that they were insolvent, and were shutting down operations. The 120 people employed there […]

Union Summer ‘family’ is labor’s future

By RASHEA DICKEY SEATTLE (Aug. 23, 2019) — At noon on June 25, 14 interns walked into the offices of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO ready to embark on their Union Summer journeys. I was lucky to be their Union Summer Coordinator. Union Summer is a six-week paid internship through the WSLC that introduces […]

Nothing new about today’s union busters

Like the Pinkertons, the so-called ‘Freedom Foundation’ are just the wealthy elite’s hired guns, aiming to keep the workers down.    By PETER STARZYNSKI (Aug. 13, 2019) — The business of union busting has a long, sordid history in the United States, its actors remembered as failed villains who schemed and broke the law to […]

A win-win for labor, environment in Kalama

Proposed NWIW facility sets new standards for environmentally-responsible economic growth   By MIKE BRIDGES (Aug. 12, 2019) — The women and men of the Building Trades Unions are committed to growing our economy and providing work for our members in an environmentally-responsible way. We don’t believe that we have to choose between family-wage jobs and […]

We must forcefully call out, condemn white supremacy

By LARRY BROWN and APRIL SIMS (Aug. 8. 2019) — At a May rally in Florida, President Donald Trump lamented what he views as limits to his power to remove immigrants and refugees from this country and mused, “How do you stop these people?” When a man in the audience yelled, ”Shoot them!” the president […]

Young people are overworked and underpaid, need OT pay

We work too many hours for free, which is why we must restore overtime pay   By SARA BEKELE (Aug. 2, 2019) — Young people like me face an economy with rising income inequality, rising higher education costs, climbing student debt, and relatively stagnant wages. We’re also facing a workplace culture that expects us to […]

Labor must fight racist immigration policies

Defend immigrants’ rights amid these attacks aiming to divide working people   By APRIL SIMS (July 23, 2019) — At about 7:20 a.m. last Monday, Yobany Castro-Romero was arrested in Minneapolis. Representatives of the immigrants’ rights group Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) arrived on scene to see ICE officers smash the back window of his […]

Inclusivity is key to achieving climate justice

Two local labor leaders reflect on Labor Network for Sustainability convergence   CHICAGO (July 22, 2019) — Earlier this month, local farmworker organizer Edgar Franks and academic worker Judy Twedt joined more than 250 other union leaders and activists for the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) two-day convergence in Chicago. The focus this year: labor’s […]


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