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Charlottesville: Only two sides on racism, right and wrong

4 days 17 hours ago
(Aug. 14, 2017) — The following statement was issued by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO we want to send our condolences to the families of Heather Heyer and the two police officers who died in Saturday’s terrorist attack by white supremacists […]
David Groves

WSLC publishes 2017 Legislative Report

1 week 1 day ago
Their work still unfinished, here’s what happened in their first four sessions   OLYMPIA (Aug. 11, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature still has business to conduct — with the state’s $4 billion capital budget being held hostage by Senate Republicans even after three overtime sessions over a rural waters rights bill — but the […]
David Groves

‘Insubordination’ at Sarbanand, Trump’s clone in Spokane, Gentle Glen

1 week 1 day ago
Friday, August 11, 2017   NUCLEAR WAR   ► Today’s MUST-SEE from The Rachel Maddow Show   ► In today’s NY Times — Trump warns North Korea: U.S. Is ‘locked and loaded’ — For the third time in a week, President Trump suggested he was ready to strike the small, isolated Asian country that has […]
David Groves

This Washington works to expand health care

1 week 1 day ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By KATHARINE WEISS Amid threats from the Republican Congress and Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Healthy Washington Coalition continued to prioritize affordable, accessible health coverage for all Washingtonians. […]
David Groves

Who gets represented in rural communities?

1 week 1 day ago
Some Republicans are working hard to keep their constituents’ wages low   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By ERIC GONZALEZ Republicans offered a series of attacks on working families this session, some that impact the rural workforce in towns, cities and counties they represent. […]
David Groves

Senate hears right-wing bills attacking public employee unions

1 week 1 day ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. It’s no secret that right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers bankroll foundations that are targeting unions for extinction. Millions of those dollars have found their way into Washington state at “think tanks” like the Freedom Foundation and the Washington […]
David Groves

Senate GOP leaders are anti-labor extremists

1 week 1 day ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. In the Senate, there are 24 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and one guy who calls himself a Democrat but meets and votes with the Republicans. Given that fragile majority, it may come as a surprise that Republicans have chosen to […]
David Groves

Senate Republicans’ right-to-work bill draws fire

1 week 1 day ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. In the end, more than 1,100 people signed in opposed to SB 5692. Just one person supported it. More than 1,000 union members and supporters, most of them members of building and construction trades unions from around the state, […]
David Groves

Clean energy bill gets a hearing

1 week 1 day ago
But failure to act on climate change may push issue to 2018 ballot   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Despite having a federal government that refuses to acknowledge climate change, the coalition of unions, businesses, organizations and individuals that comprise the Alliance for Jobs […]
David Groves

Voters approve ST3, GOP disapproves

1 week 1 day ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Conservatives in Olympia say every tax increase should be put to voters. And yet, even when that happens and voters say “yes,” those same politicians often seek to undermine the will of the voters. Last November, voters in the […]
David Groves

As Boeing sheds jobs, still no accountability

1 week 1 day ago
Chicago jetmaker will soon seek more handouts in bidding for 797 work   The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. Since 2013, when the Legislature and The Boeing Co. extended an estimated $8.7 billion in tax incentives, instead of increasing employment in the state as our […]
David Groves

Nuclear improv, Braceros strike, our hostage crisis, choking on smoke

1 week 2 days ago
Thursday, August 10, 2017   NUCLEAR WAR   ► From AP — North Korea announces plan to fire missiles toward Guam — North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, […]
David Groves

EvergreenHealth workers win raises, benefits, voice in staffing

1 week 2 days ago
The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: KIRKLAND (Aug. 10, 2017) — Using their strength as members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, more than 1,000 nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, dietary and housekeeping staff, and more have brought the $15/hour minimum wage to the Eastside in a new contract agreement with EvergreenHealth. The caregivers also secured […]
David Groves

No safety net for workers at nation’s most dangerous worksite

1 week 2 days ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. By NICKOLAS A. BUMPAOUS “Imagine….. not being able to take your daughter to the fair, and see the look on her face the first time she gets to ride a pony, what it must feel like to know that […]
David Groves

I-1433 set stage for historic family leave victory

1 week 2 days ago
The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report published in August. SECRETARY TREASURER’S COLUMN By LYNNE DODSON In the midst of a session that demonstrated just how dysfunctional a divided Legislature can be, one amazing thing happened. Washington state passed a paid family and medical disability leave bill that is […]
David Groves

For the 5th time, GOP kills Washington Voting Rights Act

1 week 2 days ago
The following story was written in July 2017 for the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report. By ERIC GONZALEZ For the fifth straight year, Republicans in the Legislature shot down the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA), a bipartisan compromise proposal that would provide local governments an opportunity to create equitable, accountable election systems. It […]
David Groves

This is no way to govern

1 week 2 days ago
With state shutdown looming, budget deal reached in triple OT   The following story was written in July 2017 for the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report. PRESIDENTS’ COLUMN By JEFF JOHNSON For the past five years the Washington State Legislature has been locked in an ugly and unproductive game of brinkmanship that has […]
David Groves

2017 operating budget: Crisis created, then averted

1 week 2 days ago
With state shutdown looming, budget deal reached in triple OT   The following story was written in July 2017 for the Washington State Labor Council’s 2017 Legislative Report. By JOE KENDO OLYMPIA — Prior to every legislative session, we tell our members to gird themselves because every win will be hard fought, every good policy […]
David Groves

Protest at Sarbanand, Hirst talks, which end is nigh, we crazy

1 week 3 days ago
Wednesday, August 9, 2017   LOCAL     ► From KING 5 — Protesters demand accountability for farmworker’s death, labor conditions in Sumas — More than 70 workers, who were fired from Sarbanand Farms after they called attention to unfair and abusive work conditions, marched in protest Tuesday at the berry farm’s management office in […]
David Groves

Urge against USPS job cuts this Thursday in Burien

1 week 3 days ago
BURIEN — The U.S. Postal Service is operating in the black, having posted three straight years of operating profits totaling $3.2 billion since 2013. But you can expect longer lines and service cuts anyway because the agency has plans to eliminate 12,000 clerk jobs in Washington state and across the nation. In the Seattle installation […]
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