The Stand

Build state’s green economy by taxing Big Oil’s windfall profits

By JOHN BURBANK (March 16, 2022) — Who is winning the Russian war on Ukraine? Not Russia, not Ukraine. But there is already one big winner: U.S. oil companies. Of course, these companies have been winning for a long time, but they are getting a bonus infusion of profits this month. Exxon stock price has […]

BPA power deal is the last hurdle to restarting Intalco

Restoring power to aluminum plant near Ferndale will boost jobs, environment    By LARRY BROWN (March 14, 2022) — When it was closed two years ago, Intalco Aluminum, which has provided jobs to thousands of union members over the past 50 years, was the last aluminum smelter in the entire western U.S. An alliance of […]

WSLC’s Cherika Carter, CBTU boost voices of Black workers

Join during Coalition of Black Trade Unionists’ membership drive   By AMRINE WHITE (Feb. 27, 2022) — In honor of Black History Month and Black excellence, we at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, want to take the time to highlight influential individuals and organizations who carry forward the work of racial justice and organizing […]

Black workers’ struggles inform labor history

Yesterday and today, uplifting Black workers ‘transforms misery and despair into hope and progress’   By APRIL SIMS (Feb. 21, 2022) — February is a celebration of Black history, Black excellence, and Black experiences. But we celebrate Black folks, our history, our power, 24/7, 365 in the labor movement. Because Black history is labor history. […]

Rodgers inspires unionists: ‘Use your voice’

Local leader of Teamsters National Black Caucus connects racial & social justice; invites all to Black History Month ‘Lunch & Learn’ on Feb. 18    By AMRINE WHITE (Feb. 16, 2022) — As we continue to celebrate Black History Month here at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, we want to take the time to […]

Here’s what we can learn from Tom Brady

He’s the greatest QB to ever play the game, but few acknowledge that he was nothing without the labor around him   By CHRIS REYKDAL Tom Brady is the GOAT, period. As a Seahawks fan that hurts to say, but it’s true. Seven Super Bowl victories and nearly every record a quarterback can hold in […]

No one is disposable

During and after COVID, our lives have fundamental value   By SARAH TUCKER (Jan. 14, 2022) — Amidst a surge in COVID infections, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky shared findings from a new study on COVID deaths on Monday. In her words, “The overwhelming number of deaths [of vaccinated individuals in this study], over 75 percent, […]

To keep workers safe, we need more unions

Tougher regulation would help, but the best way to improve workplace safety is to empower workers to join together and demand it.   By JOHN SCEARCY (Jan. 5, 2022) — In 1911, our nation suffered one of the worst industrial tragedies in our history. The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire took the lives of 146 garment […]

We took on a giant corporation — and won big with solidarity

Our strike and new contract at Cascade Behavioral Health show what workers can accomplish when we stand together in our unions   By MESERET AMARE (Dec. 2, 2021) — When I heard about a violent patient escaping and injuring 11 of my coworkers, including one who left the facility on a stretcher, I was terrified […]

Help more students access quality job apprenticeships

By SENS. KAREN KEISER and EMILY RANDALL (Nov. 22, 2021) — You often hear that a college degree is the only path to secure high-wage, high-skill employment. But that’s not how it has to be. We could build a system that opens the door to a successful future for so many more Washingtonians. With more […]

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