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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 […]

Black workers are organized labor’s bedrock — and future

If we are in true solidarity with everyone in our movement, we all win   By APRIL SIMS (Feb. 28, 2020) — Black History Month has offered us the opportunity to lift up the significant role Black Americans have played in this country from before its founding. This is a complex history, both painful and […]

Freedom Foundation hypocrites: YOU must disclose, but not US

Right-wing group wants more privacy for its donors, less for public employees   By DAVID GROVES (Feb. 27, 2020) — Last Friday, a Washington State Senate committee heard compelling testimony from public employees and their advocates who urged legislators to protect their families’ safety and privacy by passing HB 1888. This bill, which exempts government […]

Diversity, inclusiveness and hope in Chicago

Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, IBEW are bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice   By MARK McDERMOTT CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2020) — During this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, I was honored to speak at the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) 30th Annual National Leadership Conference in Chicago for the third […]

Halftime report: We’re making progress for workers in our state

By SEN. KAREN KEISER (Feb. 12, 2020) — It’s halfway through this year’s short, 60-day session, and I want to report to you that the state Senate has been moving forward with a strong agenda for Washington’s workers. As chair of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, I have been working with my colleagues to raise […]

What the BlueGreen Alliance is fighting for in 2020

By JESSICA KOSKI Last year’s landmark Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) proved that Washington does not need to choose between a healthy environment and a robust economy. Hailed as a “monumental victory” by Mark Riker, Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, CETA commits the state to 100 percent clean energy […]

Newspapers take the low road with opposition to HB 1888

This time, their public-records crusade isn’t righteous. It’s dismissive of legitimate privacy concerns.   By DAVID GROVES (Jan. 27, 2020) — Two years ago, Washington’s newspapers aggressively opposed a bipartisan attempt by state legislators to exempt themselves from much of the Public Records Act. They succeeded and Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed the bill. In my […]

Thank you for Paid Family & Medical Leave

A few weeks in, this program is already improving lives in Washington state. But it didn’t just happen. It took years of hard work by some amazing people.   By DAVID GROVES “Point of Personal Privilege” (Jan. 20, 2020) — First of all, I want you to read the following guest column published in The […]

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