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Beware this sneak attack on Social Security

“Chained CPI” might sound technical and boring, but anyone who has closely followed the Social Security debate knows better. It has long been proposed as a deceptive, hard-to-understand way to cut our earned Social Security benefits.   By NANCY ALTMAN WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2019) — Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in […]

Apply now for Union Summer internships

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 24   SEATTLE — Are you or anyone you know interested in working for social change? Union Summer is the paid ($16/hour) summer internship program for people interested in getting involved in the labor movement. Union Summer participants will spend an exciting six weeks — June 25-August […]

Attend Working People’s Summit on May 19 at WSLC in Olympia

OLYMPIA — All union officers, stewards, staff, and rank-and-file members — plus members of pro-labor community partners — are invited to attend and support an important working people’s summit in Olympia, “Igniting Union Power,” planned for Sunday, May 19 from 8 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Davis-Williams Building (WSLC), 906 Columbia St. SW. Hosted […]

Spaghetti Feed to benefit PSLA on March 26 at IAM 751

SEATTLE — Join union leaders, members and community supporters from across the region for a special Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser benefiting the Puget Sound Labor Agency, AFL-CIO — and helping to fund its impending relocation — on Tuesday, March 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Machinists 751 Hall, 9125 15th Place S. in Seattle. […]

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, […]

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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