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At Town Halls, urge state legislators to fix upside-down tax system

(March 13, 2019) — After today’s cutoff deadline for bills to pass their houses of origin, many Washington state legislators will be returning to their legislative districts and holding Town Hall meetings to update constituents about the session and answer questions. Mark your calendar right now to attend your local Town Hall and ask, “What […]

Senate votes to ‘Keep Washington Working’

Also: Rest breaks for health care workers passes House, bill status reports as Wednesday cutoff approaches   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of […]

After Janus, unions got even stronger in state

Far fewer workers in Washington are withdrawing from their unions   By DAVID GROVES (Feb. 13, 2019) — Lost amid news coverage of Washington state’s extraordinary 10 percent jump in union membership last year is a statistic that may surprise some in the post-Janus era. Although that 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision empowered all public […]

Take action to protect nurses, patient safety

Tell your legislators to support uninterrupted-break bills, oppose industry ‘alternative’   UPDATE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The labor-supported bills guaranteeing uninterrupted breaks for nurses and healthcare workers (HB 1155 and SB 5190) are both scheduled for public hearings on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in their respective houses’ fiscal committees. SB 5344, the industry-supported […]

Seattle, 1919: Labor’s most spectacular revolt

By CAL WINSLOW On February 6, 1919, Seattle’s workers struck — all of them. In doing so they took control of the city. The strike was in support of 35,000 shipyard workers, then in conflict with the city’s shipyards owners and the federal government’s U.S. Shipping Board, which was still enforcing wartime wage agreements. Seattle’s […]

Get ready for Seattle General Strike week of events Feb. 2-9

SEATTLE (Jan. 29, 2019) — Several events are planned the week of Feb. 2-9 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. All union members and community members interested in the history of this strike are invited and encouraged to attend these events. (Download a printable poster listing the events.) The events include: […]

Sign up now for this week’s legislative events

WSLC hosts Legislative Reception, Lobbying Conference on Jan. 30-31   OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2019) — The 2019 Legislative Reception and Lobbying Conference of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is this Wednesday night, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Hotel RL (Red Lion), 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, in Olympia. Today is the last […]

Unions in Washington state 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 […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

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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