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100 years later, struggle continues in Centralia

The powerful see to divide us from common cause today, just as they did a century ago   By LARRY BROWN The following remarks were delivered by Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Monday in Centralia: (Nov. 11, 2019) — As we gather today, Veterans’ Day, to commemorate the 100th […]

Let’s vote for opportunity, not division

Ignore attempts to inflame racial divisions; approve I-1000 for shared prosperity   By APRIL SIMS (Oct. 31, 2019) — By November 5, Washingtonians have the chance to restore opportunity and access in our state with Initiative 1000 via Referendum 88. But there is a fierce opposition to this initiative, one that’s using age-old tactics to […]

I-1000 opponents seek to misinform, divide

Comparing affirmative action to Jim Crow laws is wrong, deeply offensive   By APRIL SIMS (Oct. 25, 2019) — Recently, one of the leaders of an Asian American group opposing approval of Initiative 1000 described the ballot measure — which would reinstate affirmative action in Washington state — as akin to Jim Crow laws. On […]

The wacky world of the Freedom Foundation

How the anti-union group’s staffers become leaders of Rep. Shea and Friends’ nutty post-apocalyptic ‘prepper’ movement   By DAVID GROVES (Oct. 10, 2019) –The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation spends millions of dollars every year on lawsuits against unions and governments, and on propaganda urging working people to quit their unions. The group’s CEO Tom McCabe openly […]

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 […]

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