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Biden, Congress must maintain mission of Social Security, USPS

By JACKIE BOSCHOK (Feb. 15, 2021) — Beginning in 1935, seniors were able to depend on a check from the Social Security Administration, arriving once a month and delivered by a unionized letter carrier. The two truisms became woven into the fabric of the American promise: work hard, pay your fair share, and you could […]

I’m a Union leader and a Black woman. Here’s why I got the COVID-19 vaccine.

By SHERRONDA JAMERSON (Jan. 15, 2021) — On Jan. 2, I received my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This wasn’t a decision I took lightly. I’m a Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle  where I’ve worked for the past six years. I currently sit on the Harborview Ethics […]

Take care of our nurses, so they can take care of us

Washington’s hospitals can — and must — do better by their nurses and health care workers if we want to keep them amid this COVID-19 shortage.   By SALLY WATKINS and EILEEN CODY (Jan. 12, 2021) — Washington, like every other state, is facing a dire shortage of nurses as COVID-19 cases push hospitals to […]

Seniors stand ready to support pro-worker legislation in 2021

Lessons learned from 2020: We need access to affordable health care, reliable internet access, and our pensions protected.   By JACKIE BOSCHOK (Jan. 11, 2021) — We have all learned a lot this past year and have been forced to face some ugly truths that may have gone ignored for even longer. For me, three […]

A punishing time of pain — and promise

2020 has illuminated our challenges and the power of unions to confront them   By APRIL SIMS (Dec. 15, 2020) — I’m just going to say it: 2020 was a difficult year for most of us and we are anxiously counting down to 2021 in the hope that it will bring some relief — two […]

We must invest in post-COVID Washington

If state lawmakers choose austerity budget cuts in 2021, they will harm our quality of life and prop up a rigged, unethical tax code   By LARRY BROWN (Dec. 14, 2020) — This week, Washington is expected to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. It will take months for all of us to get […]

Washington can exit the race to the bottom

‘Buy Clean and Buy Fair Washington Act’ would use our state tax dollars to support our labor, environmental values   By GAYLAN Z. PRESCOTT (Dec. 8, 2020) — Washington state has an opportunity to set the stage for a more socially responsible use of its tax revenue in its future. The proposed legislation is called […]

A blueprint to safely reopen public schools

By RANDI WEINGARTEN (Dec. 7, 2020) — The United States has the sad distinction of having the most confirmed coronavirus cases and death in the world, which has kept many schools shuttered for instruction in person. Parents and educators know that our children do best at schools, where they can get support, and they worry […]

It’s time for trade policies that benefit us all

Decades of failed ‘free trade’ deals must end. Instead, let’s manage globalization to raise wages, create jobs, and protect the environment.   By HILLARY HADEN (Dec. 3, 2020) — Everyone we know is “for” trade. We can’t remember ever meeting anyone who is “against” trade. This simplistic view of globalization — that everyone is either […]

Celebrating three generations of Filipino labor leaders

As Filipino American History Month draws to a close, let’s remember these unsung heroes   By CINDY DOMINGO (Oct. 30, 2020) — The first Filipinos came to the United States in 1587 on a Spanish galleon ship landing in what is now Morro Bay in California. However, it would not be until after the Philippine-American […]

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