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Tell legislators: Stop this political nonsense!

State workers are getting layoff notices as Senate GOP refuse to do their job   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2017) — Washington state agencies have been instructed to plan for a partial government shutdown on July 1 because legislators are in a political standoff over the 2017-19 operating budget. In fact, amid a second overtime session […]

Unions to McMorris Rodgers: Shame on you

Nonpartisan analysis confirms costs of GOP health care bill   UPDATE (May 25, 2017) — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the health care bill confirms the harm the legislation, supported by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th), would do: at least 23 million fewer people with insurance over the next decade, steep premium increases […]

Celebrate Mom, support good union jobs while you’re at it

The following is from the AFL-CIO: You have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice gift for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out. If you want to […]

Flying blind, Republicans pass Trumpcare

McMorris Rodgers votes to slash health care to fund tax cuts for the rich   By DAVID GROVES The Stand WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2017) — With a 217-213 vote on Thursday, House Republicans narrowly passed a controversial bill to approve hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts targeted to wealthy Americans, end Medicaid […]

40-hour workweek, overtime pay under attack by House Republicans

UPDATE (May 3, 2017) — On Tuesday afternoon, the House voted to allow private-sector employers to avoid paying overtime pay by offering “compensatory time” off, essentially eliminating the 40-hour workweek. The bill passed 229-197, largely along party lines. Washington Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert all voted to end […]

Join May Day marches for immigrant rights

‘May Day of Resistance’ in Seattle, plus events in Yakima and Olympia   (April 26, 2017) — Immigrant rights activists, union members and community supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers for May Day marches and actions in Seattle, Yakima and Olympia on Monday, May 1, International Workers Day. SEATTLE — El Comité […]

Help document May 1 actions by donating photos, video, signs

SEATTLE (April 24, 2017) — The University of Washington Labor Archives is documenting and collecting items from the upcoming May 1, 2017, marches in the Puget Sound region. We will have a table to collect items at the end of the march as well as sign-up sheets if you want us to collect your photos […]

Jackson St. Workers Mural party is April 30

Historical mural celebrates working people fighting for social justice   SEATTLE (April 20, 2017) — Installation began Wednesday on the Jackson Street Workers Mural at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO building at 16th & Jackson. Three years in the making, this historical mural depicts stories of the everyday workers who built Washington state and […]

Workers Memorial Day events are especially important in 2017

(April 19, 2017) — Each year on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew the struggle for safe workplaces. In the coming days, several Workers Memorial Day commemorations are planned throughout Washington state, including tonight in Seattle. (See the list […]

Take action TODAY to fund public services

Support state employees at a Stand Up for Washington event near you   OLYMPIA — Washington’s state employees are our hard-working friends and neighbors who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, instruct and serve students at state universities and colleges, and provide […]


Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!



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