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We all need and deserve paid family leave

As Americans, we strongly value both work and family — but as citizens we've structured our economy and laws to too often force people to work at the expense of their families.We have given millions of parents the cold choice of leaving their job and not getting any...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Raise the minimum wage, but $15 an hour may kill jobs

Two years ago, Thumbtack — a startup that connects consumers with local contractors — conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama's bid "to give America a raise."

Date: 01/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Court set to dimish role of unions as a counterbalance in politics

Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Work to create future of better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how we as a people can shape our own future:In 1998 the...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Taking the path to shutdown

You'd be tempted to throw the "do nothing" label on Congress if some of its members weren't working so hard to avoid doing anything constructive.Friday, the House is expected to vote on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, stripping the women's health network...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Editorials


Worker safety at dairies needs the Legislature’s attention

As we celebrate Labor Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all workers for the contributions they make to our economy. I hope all get to enjoy end-of-summer picnics and barbecues, watch a baseball game or participate in some other family activity this weekend.Last...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary


Home health-care workers have choice on union dues

While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion


Unions serve as scapegoat for Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO — "First off," Scott Walker proclaimed, "we took on the unions, and we won. We won!"Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Get behind trade, worker bills

The path toward trade bills that would allow the U.S. to secure pacts with 11 Pacific Rim nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had more uphill climbs and switchbacks than the Silk Road.Trade issues, specifically trade authority for President Obama and related worker...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Editorials


Paid family leave can offer many benefits

Paid family leave affects our country and our businesses and the personal lives of the parents trying to strive without it. The United States is one of only four nations in the world without a federal entitlement to paid leave for families (out of around 200 nations). So it is obvious...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Commentary


Senate should do right by state workers

Investing wisely through our expenditures in education, transportation, research and development will help create opportunities for sustainable economic growth. To do so, however, we have to attract high quality employees to actually do the work.The people who keep our...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Commentary


Time for action

Editorial: Enough with the statements on education funding

Date: 05/21/2015 | Editorials


A minimum wage that works

At $9.47 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage among the 50 states, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But even at that rate, a family of three with one wage-earner grossing a little less than $19,700 a year would still fall below the federal poverty level...

Date: 05/01/2015 | Editorials


Right-to-work effort under way in state

I am a union member. Joining was part of the hiring process when I became an adjunct professor at Everett Community College a few years ago.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Business columnists


A renewed push for equal pay

Since the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, women have made gains as the gap has closed between what they and men earn working at comparable jobs. According to

Date: 03/26/2015 | Editorials


A trade deal that works for all

The trick in negotiating a trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations is in securing the economic benefits of opening up trade with those countries while at the same time not weakening the environmental, labor and other laws we depend upon at home.Negotiations...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Editorials


Getting the jobs we paid for

Quid pro quo.The Latin term generally means "something for something." In Washington state it often means "tax breaks for jobs." At least that was what many thought it meant in late 2013 when the Legislature and the governor

Date: 02/12/2015 | Editorials




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