The Stand

It may take time, but when we fight, we win

How SEIU 925, UAW 4121 and allies won free transit passes for UW employees   By RHONDA JOHNSON, SAM SUMPTER and MATT WEATHERFORD (July 29, 2022) — Starting July 1, all employees of the University of Washington received an unlimited, employer-paid transit pass. It’s hard to think of a better policy for this moment. Just […]

Monkeypox: Have we learned nothing from AIDS or COVID?

By LYNDON HAVILAND (July 28, 2022) — Last weekend, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern.” That’s a rare designation from the WHO, one they’ve reserved to describe just two other diseases — COVID-19 and polio. Yet once again, the nation seems blissfully ignorant to the early warning signs […]

Volunteer to support pro-worker champions

Labor Neighbor walks begin this Saturday, phone fun banks start next week   By CHERIKA CARTER (July 7, 2022) — It’s that time again — time to step up and do what we do best: volunteer to help champions of working people get elected to public office. Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots […]

Amid attacks on abortion rights, unions must fight back

We have the tools to transform protests into concrete actions defending bodily autonomy   By SHAUNIE WHEELER JAMES and CHERIKA CARTER (June 27, 2022) — As working people, we must be clear and unwavering; bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom are labor issues that unions must fight to preserve. With the release of the Dobbs opinion, […]

BAM! Building a Movement for social justice

UW’s new paid internship program connects students with local union movement     By AMRINE WHITE (June 22, 2022) — Earlier this month, the University of Washington wrapped up the first year of its new Building a Movement (BAM) internship program with an interactive Know Your Rights Training. The 11 BAM interns taught other undergraduate students […]

April Sims: What Juneteenth means to me

Celebrating our resilience in the ongoing fight for economic, racial justice   By APRIL SIMS TACOMA (June 19, 2022) — Washington will recognize Juneteenth as an official State holiday for the first time this year. This increased recognition of Freedom Day — long celebrated by Black Americans coast to coast — provides an opportunity for […]

This is a great month to join Pride at Work

Celebrate Pride by standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ community   By LARRY BROWN (June 16, 2022) — “The Concern of One is the Concern of All.” That’s the simple Declaration of Principle found in the Constitution of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the organization that I have the privilege to lead. That’s also a […]

How community action saved Seattle Central training programs

Legislature needs to prioritize CTC funding to end such self-destructive proposals   By CORTNEY MARABETTA (May 6, 2022) — Last Wednesday, The Seattle Times reported that the Culinary Arts program at Seattle Central College was scheduled for closure, due to budget concerns at the school. It went unreported, but the Maritime Academy, Wood Technology Center, […]

May Day: Respect us, protect us, pay us

By AMRINE WHITE (May 5, 2022) — Last Sunday the voices of community members and workers alike filled the streets of Seattle: “This is what democracy looks like…Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here… What do we do when undocumented lives are under attack? Stand up, fight back!” This year’s May Day […]

Biden visit reminds us why elections matter

By LARRY BROWN (April 25, 2022) — Elections matter. And President Biden’s visit to Western Washington last week offered a reminder of why working families in the country are so fortunate to have him as president, and how he and his administration have prioritized labor’s concerns and well-being. Early last week, the Director of Labor […]

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