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Tag: Jim McDermott


LABOR: Oppose offshoring of living-wage jobs

Inequality may well be the defining problem of our time. The causes of inequality are complex, but one way of combating inequality is protecting worker’s rights. So why do our politicians continue to promote policies that undermine workers?

On May 29, 151 House Democrats sent a letter to the Obama administration pointing out the failure of past trade agreements to defend internationally recognized labor rights. They called for strong, enforceable labor protections in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. TPP would include countries like Vietnam that regularly employ child and forced labor.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck chose not to

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ENERGY: Washington legislators stepped up for clean energy

Re: “Renewable energy industry banking on more grants” (thenewstribune.com, 12-9).

While the news on our economic recovery has not been great, clean energy has been doing its part to create jobs and clean our environment. Despite this success, a critical federal incentive for renewable energy, like wind and solar, was set to expire at the end of this year [.

In order to continue the growth of clean, renewable energy and to maintain and create tens of thousands of jobs, the renewable energy industries, environmental community, labor movement and others joined champions in the House and Senate, like Sens. Patty

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