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Redistricting shapes our political landscape

Redistricting Commissioner April Sims explains why drawing the maps is so important to working people   By CHERIKA CARTER (Oct. 8, 2021) — It is time to #DrawTheMaps. All over the country redistricting is happening and new electoral maps are being drawn. Redistricting occurs every 10 years following the decennial census. The redistricting process is […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021: Reflecting on Indigenous leadership in labor

By KASI MARITA PERREIRA On Indigenous Peoples’ Day — this year on Monday, Oct. 11 — we not only honor the people of the land that we live on, but the work that Indigenous people continue to contribute to our labor history throughout the region. Indigenous people are more than the first people of Washington, […]

Celebrate Manufacturing Day and the good jobs it creates

By CHELSEA MASON-PLACEK (Oct. 1, 2021) — It’s national Manufacturing Day today, when manufacturers, educators and trade groups leverage the day — and the month of October — to showcase factory floors and promote careers in manufacturing to the next generation of manufacturing workers. Also this week, the newly formed Manufacturing Labor Roundtable of the […]

Get #VoteReady to build worker power

Register to vote or update your voter information, then tell friends and family to do the same   By CHERIKA CARTER (Sept. 28, 2021) — Family it’s been a while since we had a Cherika’s Corner column, but guess who’s back? And it’s National Voter Registration Day! Are you #VoteReady? Check your Washington state voter […]

I had COVID-19: Why I still got vaccinated

By APRIL SIMS (Aug. 31, 2021) — As governments and employers announce mandates, COVID-19 vaccination is center stage. While 60 percent of eligible folks in Washington state are fully vaccinated, and the vaccination rate is higher in some job sectors, we know some of the working people we represent have not gotten the vaccine. At […]

Don’t mess with COVID-19, get vaccinated

I just got COVID and I can’t stress enough: Get your shots, mask up and stay safe   By LARRY BROWN (Aug. 23, 2021) — As President of the Washington State Labor Council, I have made it a general rule to segregate my personal life from my duties as a labor leader. Today, I feel […]

WSLC’s Brown on 2021 session: ‘This feels like a sea change’

The following is the President’s Column from 2021 Legislative Report of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.   By LARRY BROWN (July 7, 2021) — In 1978, Californians approved one of the most consequential ballot measures in U.S. history, Proposition 13. It slashed and limited property taxes and began a “tax revolt” that spread across […]

We’ve been warned: We must act now on climate

Pacific Northwest’s extreme heat is another sign that climate crisis requires immediate action   By SARAH TUCKER (July 6, 2021) — It was over 100 degrees when the power in my Seattle neighborhood cut at 9:30 p.m. last week. Let’s go to the lake, I told my partner, maybe there’ll be some breeze. We crossed […]

‘Free trade’ died this week – with a whimper

New ITC assessment of 40 years of trade deals: They didn’t help much. Our assessment: Their economic and political consequences are incalculable.     By DAVID GROVES (July 1, 2021) — NAFTA. CAFTA. WTO. FTAA. TPP. If you are a labor or environmental activist, those acronyms conjure up decades of pitched battles with lawmakers of […]

Confronting racism is organized labor’s work

One year after George Floyd’s murder, we are making progress in Washington state to reshape policing and engage our members on racism   By APRIL SIMS (May 25, 2021) — George Floyd was lynched one year ago today in Minneapolis. George Floyd should be alive today; instead, his death has defined the past 12 months, […]


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