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‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting on’

Sending Love: A letter to Black workers, organizers, and labor leaders   By CHERIKA CARTER and SYBILL HYPPOLITE (June 12, 2020) — As the world and the United States navigate the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a common refrain that we’re living in unprecedented times, with mass unemployment, unsafe working conditions for those still working, lack of […]

Higher education funding faces a perfect storm

If we can’t solve this crisis, we could lose an engine for equality in Washington   By BILL LYNE (June 9, 2020) — From 2008 to 2012, during the recession that now seems more quaint than great, Washington state slashed appropriations to public higher education. This only accelerated a process of privatization. Following a trend […]

‘We need you to fight for us to breathe’

Organized labor is a direct threat to white supremacy. We need to put that threat into action.   By APRIL SIMS (June 4, 2020) — Say their names: Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Manuel Ellis. Some days it’s hard to breathe. Here’s my truth: I’m a Black mother raising Black […]

Inequality pandemic deadlier than COVID

The virus has brought into focus much about our country that was already weak, broken and just plain wrong.   By KEN WINKES (May 28, 2020) — COVID-19 has punched the nation’s pause button, and though the president is eager to get things back to “normal” before the November election becomes a plebiscite on his […]

Solidarity is contagious right now in the Yakima Valley

Inspired by the ongoing Allan Brothers strike, other fruit warehouse workers are walking off the job to demand safe workplaces and hazard pay.   By DULCE GUTIÉRREZ YAKIMA (May 13, 2020) — There is a powerful force among the people in Yakima right now. It’s the force of solidarity and collective power. And it’s spreading […]

Lifting stay-home orders too soon is an attack on workers

The same right-wing groups that oppose unions are backing ‘reopen’ protests   By PETER STARZYNSKI (May 1, 2020) — We are living in unprecedented times. Businesses shuttered, employees furloughed, anxious families sheltering at home, while a virus we know little about has claimed the lives of more Americans than the Vietnam War did. While we […]

All of us have a right to safe and healthy jobs

We won’t gather together for it, but this may be the most important Worker Memorial Day of our lifetimes   By LARRY BROWN (April 27, 2020) — As President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, I have the honor and privilege of joining representatives of Washington’s state government and the business community at the […]

Pandemic’s hidden heroes face constant risk

Grocery, farm workers are among many essential workers we must keep safe   By SEN. KAREN KEISER and REP. MIKE SELLS (April 21, 2020) — Ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores, the safest course has been to stay home and stay away from others. Unfortunately, not everyone can do that. The sacrifices of […]

COVID-19 lesson: The free market failed us

For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than our past   By STAN SORSCHER (April 6, 2020) — The pandemic has dominated our minds for weeks. Each day, new important lessons are drawn into the spotlight, demanding attention. ●  We needed much better testing. ●  We should have comprehensive health […]

U.S. must also act to stop spread of financial contagion

By DAMON A. SILVERS (March 11, 2020) — The stock market fell 7% at the open Monday morning. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s a catastrophic collapse—a financial crisis type number. Typically, the market might gain or lose in a whole year the value that was lost by the time the sound […]

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