The Stand

No one is disposable

During and after COVID, our lives have fundamental value   By SARAH TUCKER (Jan. 14, 2022) — Amidst a surge in COVID infections, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky shared findings from a new study on COVID deaths on Monday. In her words, “The overwhelming number of deaths [of vaccinated individuals in this study], over 75 percent, […]

To keep workers safe, we need more unions

Tougher regulation would help, but the best way to improve workplace safety is to empower workers to join together and demand it.   By JOHN SCEARCY (Jan. 5, 2022) — In 1911, our nation suffered one of the worst industrial tragedies in our history. The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire took the lives of 146 garment […]

We took on a giant corporation — and won big with solidarity

Our strike and new contract at Cascade Behavioral Health show what workers can accomplish when we stand together in our unions   By MESERET AMARE (Dec. 2, 2021) — When I heard about a violent patient escaping and injuring 11 of my coworkers, including one who left the facility on a stretcher, I was terrified […]

Help more students access quality job apprenticeships

By SENS. KAREN KEISER and EMILY RANDALL (Nov. 22, 2021) — You often hear that a college degree is the only path to secure high-wage, high-skill employment. But that’s not how it has to be. We could build a system that opens the door to a successful future for so many more Washingtonians. With more […]

Apprenticeships in skilled trades help America build back better

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates proven ‘earn while you learn’ model   By MIKE BROWN and BRETT WIDEMAN Nov. 15-21 marks our country’s seventh National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). The week is traditionally celebrated with proclamations, showcase events, outreach and education activities and registered apprentice profile stories of success. These are all important and meaningful activities that […]

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 […]

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