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Unions are stepping up to fight addiction; recovery event in Oct.

Labor must always fight the forces that seek to enslave the human soul   By APRIL SIMS (Sept. 27, 2019) — In 2017, opioid addiction was declared a national emergency. But working people in Washington state have known we are in the midst of an addiction crisis long before the federal government would acknowledge it. […]

Stop using self-checkout machines at QFC, elsewhere

By APRIL HURST (Sept. 26, 2019) — The other evening I went shopping at our local QFC store in Enumclaw. After filling my cart I proceeded to the check stand and could not find one open. I was surprised that no one was working and wandered around a bit and finally ran into the only […]

The high cost of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976

By DAVID GROVES LYNNWOOD (Sept. 6, 2019) — This week, Sound Transit broke ground on the construction of the new 8.5-mile Lynnwood Link Extension, which will extend light rail north from Seattle’s Northgate by four stations to Lynnwood city center. When it’s finished in 2024, folks in south Snohomish County will be able to ride […]

This Labor Day, celebrate power of solidarity

By joining together and committing to real change, we have the power to do it all!   By LARRY BROWN (Aug. 30, 2019) — This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, and this year we have much to celebrate. Unions are on the rise — and they should be. Our labor has created the world’s most […]

How unions are fighting climate change

Corporations put profits over workers and the environment. We must join together to demand they protect both.   By APRIL SIMS (Aug. 29, 2019) — In late July, the owners of the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland announced that they were insolvent, and were shutting down operations. The 120 people employed there […]

Union Summer ‘family’ is labor’s future

By RASHEA DICKEY SEATTLE (Aug. 23, 2019) — At noon on June 25, 14 interns walked into the offices of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO ready to embark on their Union Summer journeys. I was lucky to be their Union Summer Coordinator. Union Summer is a six-week paid internship through the WSLC that introduces […]

Nothing new about today’s union busters

Like the Pinkertons, the so-called ‘Freedom Foundation’ are just the wealthy elite’s hired guns, aiming to keep the workers down.    By PETER STARZYNSKI (Aug. 13, 2019) — The business of union busting has a long, sordid history in the United States, its actors remembered as failed villains who schemed and broke the law to […]

A win-win for labor, environment in Kalama

Proposed NWIW facility sets new standards for environmentally-responsible economic growth   By MIKE BRIDGES (Aug. 12, 2019) — The women and men of the Building Trades Unions are committed to growing our economy and providing work for our members in an environmentally-responsible way. We don’t believe that we have to choose between family-wage jobs and […]

We must forcefully call out, condemn white supremacy

By LARRY BROWN and APRIL SIMS (Aug. 8. 2019) — At a May rally in Florida, President Donald Trump lamented what he views as limits to his power to remove immigrants and refugees from this country and mused, “How do you stop these people?” When a man in the audience yelled, ”Shoot them!” the president […]

Young people are overworked and underpaid, need OT pay

We work too many hours for free, which is why we must restore overtime pay   By SARA BEKELE (Aug. 2, 2019) — Young people like me face an economy with rising income inequality, rising higher education costs, climbing student debt, and relatively stagnant wages. We’re also facing a workplace culture that expects us to […]


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