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2 things you can do TODAY to oppose TPP


(Feb. 8, 2016) — Now is the time, as supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership attempt to build momentum for the agreement, for working people to weigh in with their members of Congress. Let them know that if the TPP comes up for a vote, we want them to oppose it and all other trade deals […]

As UN weighs in, Rep. Smith again calls for Nestora’s release


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th) issued the following statement on the recent United Nations Working Group Ruling in Nestora Salgado’s case and his continued efforts to advocate for her release: On February 1, 2016, the case of Renton resident Nestora Salgado received long overdue legitimacy from the United Nations […]

Register now for DOL’s Feb. 10 webinar for union reps


The following is from the U.S. Department of Labor: (Feb. 4, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a series of webinars specific for Washington State union representatives, and the next one is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Union officers and staff with responsibility for collective bargaining, government affairs and organizing should consider participating in […]

Support union jobs: Buy union for your Super Bowl party


(Feb. 3, 2016) — Our beloved Seattle Seahawks — whose players are affiliates of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — may not be playing in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, but some of you may be watching the game anyway with family and friends. So you might as well support good family-wage union jobs […]

Union membership up in Washington state


With 9,000 more members, state is now 5th most unionized in U.S.   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2016) — A half-million Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2015, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The ranks of union members in the state grew to 500,000, up from 491,000 […]

Stay warm this winter, support union jobs


(Jan. 20, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council’s Union Goods and Services Committee has asked The Stand to post monthly lists of union products to help inform rank-and-file members and supporters what they can buy to support good family-wage jobs. The Entire Staff of The Stand has agreed and will do so, beginning today. […]

AFL-CIO report outlines year of Raising Wages Agenda


The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO on Tuesday released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people. The report, “Fighting for a Better Life: How Working People Across […]

WSLC: Supreme Court should reject 1%ers’ Friedrichs case


(Jan. 11, 2016) — Following is a statement from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that will be heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court: “America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder for working people to get by, let alone […]

1%ers’ think tank refuses Friedrichs petitions


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) — Representatives of America Works Together, a coalition that includes teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public service workers and their allies, attempted on Wednesday to deliver more than 100,000 signed petitions to a Washington, D.C. think tank funded by right-wing billionaires, urging them to stop their attacks on the working […]

From Paris: ‘We are unstoppable. Another world is possible’


Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is part of the labor delegation attending the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), advocating for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families that will be hardest hit by the transition away from […]


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