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State’s unions post big membership gains

With 649,000 members in 2018, Washington is 3rd most unionized in U.S.   SEATTLE (Jan. 18, 2019) — More and more people in Washington state are seeing the value of joining together in unions. The state’s union membership rate increased to 19.8 percent of the total workforce in 2018, up from 18.8 percent in 2017, […]

‘Stop the Shutdown’ rally with TSA officers Jan. 22 at Sea-Tac

SEATAC — As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues with no end in sight, members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) who work for the Transportation Security Administration have been forced to do their jobs protecting the flying public at America’s airports without pay for nearly a month now. These dedicated […]

In 2019, let’s start balancing our tax code

This is the first edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t already receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports.  OLYMPIA (Jan. 16, 2019) — The 2019 session of the State […]

WSLC announces legislative agenda for 2019

OLYMPIA (Jan. 10, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC), the state’s largest union organization with more than 600 affiliated unions representing some 450,000 rank-and-file members, today announced its 2019 Shared Prosperity Agenda for the session of the Washington State Legislature that begins on Monday, Jan. 14. “Last fall, voters elected and re-elected […]

Register now for 2019 Legislative Conference

Online registration is now available for reception, lobby day on Jan. 30-31   OLYMPIA — With the 2018 election’s solidification of pro-worker majorities in the Washington State Legislature, all eyes will soon be on Olympia to find out what type of agenda state lawmakers will pursue and how it will affect working families. So it’s […]

Join the campaign: ‘U.S. Mail Not for Sale!’

The following is from U.S. Mail Not for Sale: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2018) — “U.S. Mail Not for Sale,” is a worker-led campaign sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, that brings together labor unions, elected officials, member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, […]

Buy Union for holiday gifts, Thanksgiving

(Nov. 14, 2018) — The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage all union members to look for union-made goods and services when they buy for the Holiday Season. When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, […]

Support UW English Language Faculty at picket on Nov. 14

SEATTLE — AFT UW English Language Faculty 6486 has been in protracted bargaining with the University of Washington for 20 months. With university administrators now threatening to impose their terms, the union encourages all area union members and community supporters to attend an informational picket this Wednesday, Nov. 14 at UW Seattle to demonstrate labor’s […]

Rally Nov. 15 in Everett to support Providence caregivers

EVERETT — A rally to support the caregivers at Providence Hospice & Homecare of Snohomish County (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW) will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the main entrance of Colby Campus of Providence Regional Medical Center, 13th Street between Colby and Oakes in Everett. Download and share the rally flyer. These […]

Join major rally Oct . 12 outside Westin Seattle

SEATTLE — Hotel workers at the Marriott-owned Westin Seattle have been in negotiations for a new union contract since June and are fighting to make one job enough to live in Seattle, raise their families, and retire with dignity. In September, Westin workers voted by a 98 percent majority to authorize a strike. If they strike, […]


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