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Congress must take action, and so must we

U.S. Senate should pass the HEROES Act. All of us must register and vote.   By RICHARD TRUMKA and LARRY BROWN Guest column in today’s Seattle Times (Sept. 7, 2020) — Labor Day is when America honors the contributions and achievements of its working people. It’s also a holiday to celebrate organized labor and the […]

Labor Day 2020: Leverage our solidarity to fight for Black lives

By APRIL SIMS Guest column in today’s (Tacoma) News Tribune (Sept. 7, 2020) — Labor Day traditionally commemorates the labor victories we benefit from today, such as the right to organize unions, a minimum wage, time off, safety on the job and the opportunity for our children to get an education. All were won by […]

SharedWork keeps Washington workers, businesses connected

By SENS. KAREN KEISER and CLAIRE WILSON (Aug. 20, 2020) — As the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, these are daunting times for workers and businesses in communities across Washington state. Thousands of people who held secure jobs in thriving businesses back in January are now out of work. Others are working reduced shifts, […]

Our time: A building trades perspective

Building trades stand ready to build an inclusive economic recovery — with career opportunities for all.   By MARK RIKER (July 21, 2020) — In this unprecedented time in our history, we must look to address the various challenges we face in a manner that provides a path toward keeping our nation’s promise. But before […]

Anti-government groups take federal bailout

The Freedom Foundation and Washington Policy Center took millions in government money intended for small businesses. Sign a petition demanding they give it back.   By PETER STARZYNSKI OLYMPIA (July 9, 2020) — Anti-government, anti-union think tanks based in Washington state have reaped a windfall in taxpayer dollars from federal funds that were intended for […]

Washington can’t afford austerity; tax the rich to save jobs, services

By MARILYN WATKINS OLYMPIA (June 25, 2020) — As tax revenues fall with people out of work and whole industries shuttered, Washington’s state and local governments are laying off staff, reducing pay, and slashing services that are helping people weather the COVID-19 storm. Cutting important services now will cause immediate suffering, prolong the recession, and […]

The central problem is police repression, not their unions

All workers have the right to a union, including police officers. But the labor movement need not accept all unions.   By BILL FLETCHER, JR. (June 19, 2020) — The rebellions over the police murder of George Floyd have renewed a longtime controversy regarding police unions. Several unions, such as the Writers Guild of America, […]

State of race: Outrage, pain and tentative hope

(June 16, 2020) Driving while Black. Walking while Black…   In the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s tragic murder, a Rainbow Coalition of people are full of anguish, rage, despair, frustration and myriad other soul-wrenching emotions. Seemingly countless other African-Americans have perished at the hands of police officers and self-appointed community “enforcers” — Ahmaud […]

‘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 […]

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