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Freedom Foundation keeps spending, failing

One year after Janus, the right-wing group’s plan to destroy unions in Washington and along the West Coast is a complete failure. In fact, its backfiring on them.   By PETER STARZYNSKI (June 18, 2019) — The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has been making frivolous claims about the success of the anti-union campaign it has been […]

Washington leads the way (again) on restoring overtime pay

For too long, bosses like me have had the power to force employees to work overtime for free. It’s time to restore overtime pay to help rebuild the middle class.   By NICK HANAUER (June 11, 2019) — American workers deserve an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work, and once again Washington state […]

Making sense of NAFTA and its replacement

Why we need new economic policies before we can fix trade deals   By STAN SORSCHER (June 10, 2019) — In 2016, Donald Trump’s trade message was very simple: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the worst trade deal ever negotiated. He has renegotiated NAFTA, rebranding the deal as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement […]

Pierce County Pride at Work kicks off June Pride month

By MONIKA WARNER TACOMA (June 7, 2019) — In just over a year, Pierce County Pride at Work has proven to be serious about their commitment to labor and their influence in their communities. Their individual accomplishments of being labor, social justice, political, and business leaders as well as collective accomplishments of hosting the Tacoma […]

End the silence, stigma on mental health

Unions are working to remove barriers to treatment, and to protect healthcare workers who provide those critical services.   By APRIL SIMS (May 31, 2019) — May has been Mental Health Awareness month, which we’ve observed in the United States since 1949. Mental Health America started this month of observance in an effort to encourage […]

America needs action on nation’s infrastructure, not more talk

By THOMAS J. DONOHOE and RICHARD TRUMKA WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2019) — More than half a century ago, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a Democratic-majority Congress empowered millions of Americans to build an interstate highway system that became the envy of the world. Back then, our nation understood that investment in infrastructure was crucial […]

With flip-flop, Gov. Inslee chooses climate optics over balance

Governor’s about-face on Tacoma, Kalama projects is a setback for labor-environmental efforts   By LARRY BROWN (May 20, 2019) — On a beautiful, sunny afternoon earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a suite of climate change bills that benefit workers and the environment. Union leaders were proud to stand with environmental leaders as the […]

Initiative 1000’s passage is a victory for the people

We can’t have shared success without shared opportunities for all Washingtonians   By CHERIKA CARTER (May 2, 2019) — Initiative 1000 is the people’s movement, a movement for fairness and opportunity for all. And its subsequent victory, is the people’s victory as well. This past year, people came together from all walks of life to […]

Work safety is fundamental to labor’s mission

Together, we will resist efforts to place profit over workers’ health and livelihoods   By APRIL SIMS (April 30, 2019) — In commemorating Workers Memorial Day this past Sunday, we have remembered those who have been hurt or killed on the job, and rededicated ourselves to fighting for workplace safety. The officers and staff of […]

We must stop starving our state community, technical colleges

Invest in training our future workforce at 34 community, technical colleges   By SHOUAN PAN and ANNETTE STOFER SEATTLE (April 15, 2019) — It has never been feast, but always famine for Washington’s community and technical colleges. Washington state is proud to have an amazing system of community and technical colleges. It provides the open […]


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