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WSLC’s 2014 Convention will be July 22-24 in Wenatchee

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(May 1, 2014) — The 2014 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will begin Tuesday, July 22 at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel and Convention Center and is expected to adjourn by Thursday afternoon.

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The official 2012 WSLC Convention photo. Will you be in this year’s picture? (Click to enlarge.)

The WSLC has mailed the official Convention Call to its affiliated unions indicating the number of delegates to which each union is entitled and other important details. Any union member or leader interested in representing his or her union at the convention should contact their local union for information about how to serve as a delegate or alternate. Master credential forms listing delegates and alternates for each union must be returned to the WSLC by June 23.

Online registration is available. Those planning to attend should make their housing arrangements quickly, as the block of rooms at the Coach Wenatchee Center Hotel (509-662-1234) will be held only until June 20 but will likely sell out before then. If those rooms are already booked, you can also contact the Red Lion Wenatchee (509-663-0711) where another block of room are being held. Make sure you mention that you are with the Washington State Labor Council when you call.

As always, the convention will feature many distinguished guest speakers and educational workshops focused on organized labor’s efforts to build community coalitions to achieve broadly shared prosperity for working families.

In addition, delegates will consider the resolutions that are a key part not just of the WSLC Convention, but of the organization itself. It is through their debate and passage that WSLC positions and policies are established. This year’s convention is the WSLC’s Constitutional Convention, meaning that resolutions can be introduced to change the structure and bylaws of the organization. Any WSLC-affiliated union may submit resolutions. See the resolutions approved in 2013 for examples of the diverse issues that are covered.

The Washington State Labor Council’s Constitution says that proposed resolutions should be submitted 30 days prior to convention (in this case, June 22). However, “late” resolutions are routinely accepted right up until the first day of convention and also will be considered by delegates. Affiliates are urged to submit these resolutions at the earliest possible time to facilitate reproduction and distribution to the convention body.

For golf enthusiasts, the WSLC’s Foundation for Working Families will host its 2014 tournament on Monday, July 21 at the Highlander Golf Club. The shotgun start will be at 7 a.m. The proceeds of the tournament will benefit the Foundation Disaster Relief/Hardship Fund, as well as community service organizations in Washington state. Click here for sponsorship and registration, or contact Karen White via email or by calling her at 360-570-5169 for more details.

Look for more information about the 2014 WSLC Convention agenda in the coming weeks.

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