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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 […]

Labor must fight racist immigration policies

Defend immigrants’ rights amid these attacks aiming to divide working people   By APRIL SIMS (July 23, 2019) — At about 7:20 a.m. last Monday, Yobany Castro-Romero was arrested in Minneapolis. Representatives of the immigrants’ rights group Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) arrived on scene to see ICE officers smash the back window of his […]

Inclusivity is key to achieving climate justice

Two local labor leaders reflect on Labor Network for Sustainability convergence   CHICAGO (July 22, 2019) — Earlier this month, local farmworker organizer Edgar Franks and academic worker Judy Twedt joined more than 250 other union leaders and activists for the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) two-day convergence in Chicago. The focus this year: labor’s […]

2019’s freshmen legislators hit ground running in Olympia

By APRIL SIMS Secretary Treasurer’s Column from the WSLC 2019 Legislative Report With the current federal administration, the rights we hold dear as Americans and as working people are under attack. We worked hard in 2018 to make sure that those elected to our State Legislature would reflect the needs of Washingtonians, and would reject […]

Labor-environment alliance still strong, getting major wins

By LARRY BROWN President’s Column from the WSLC 2019 Legislative Report On a beautiful, sunny afternoon in May, I stood behind Governor Jay Inslee as he signed some landmark climate and clean energy policies into law. I was proud to do so, alongside other representatives a labor and a diverse coalition of environmental and community […]

The Soul of a Union Man

Retiring USW president reflects on what it meant — and still means — to be Union   By LEO W. GERARD PITTSBURGH (July 12, 2019) —  I was raised in a company house in a company town where the miners had to buy their own oilers – that is, rubber coveralls – drill bits and […]

Boeing’s cost-cutting business model is failing

Will Boeing make great products, which generate cash flow, or will it continue being a company that generates great cash flow — and makes airplanes?   By STAN SORSCHER (July 8, 2019) — Employees come to work to do their jobs. We aren’t usually aware of workplace culture, even over a span of years. We […]


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