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Take action: Your right to a timely union vote may be at risk

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2018) — Three years ago, the National Labor Relations Board took modest steps to streamline, modernize and improve the process by which workers petition for an election to vote on forming a union at work. The rules reduced unnecessary delay caused by management lawyers litigating issues in […]

Murray announces deal with DOL to protect workers’ tips

The following is from U.S. Sen Patty Murray (D-WA): WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2018) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced an agreement Wednesday with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to fix the Trump administration’s proposed […]

Sign petition against Labor Department’s ‘tip theft’ rule

UPDATE (March 22, 2018) — Late Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced an agreement with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to fix the Trump administration’s proposed tip rule, so that employers are not able to […]

PA race shows ‘path to power runs through labor movement’

(March 14, 2018) — The following statement was released today by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on union members propelling Conor Lamb to victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District: Congratulations to Rep.-elect Conor Lamb and union members in Pennsylvania who propelled him to victory. Conor won this race because he proudly stood with unions, shared our […]

Senate about to put economy at risk by dismantling bank rules

UPDATE (March 15, 2018) — The Senate voted 67-31 Wednesday night to pass the bill. Both Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell voted “no.” The legislation faces an uncertain fate going forward, as House Republicans are expected to push for an even more expansive rollback of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2018) […]

Those Girl Scouts cookies support good Teamster jobs

The following is from the Teamsters: (March 9, 2018) — The Girl Scouts of America only trust two bakery factories in the U.S. to make and bake their famous cookies—the Interbake Foods bakery in North Sioux City, S.D. and the Little Brownie Bakers bakery in Louisville, Ky.—and Teamster members work at both. “We’ve represented the […]

Study: Prevailing wage laws close racial income gap in the trades

The following is from The Illinois Economic Policy Institute: LAGRANGE, Ill. (March 5, 2018) — Prevailing wage laws reduce income inequality between African-American and white construction workers by as much as 53% and help more blue-collar workers reach the middle class, according to new research by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and University of Illinois […]

The Janus v. AFSCME case: What it is, who’s behind it

The following article by Don McIntosh appears in the Northwest Labor Press: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Less than two weeks from now — Feb. 26 — the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the most significant labor law case in decades. In Janus v. AFSCME, a lawyer for an anti-union group will argue that requiring union-represented […]

Biggest gains in union membership are young workers

The following is from the Economic Policy Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 30, 2018) — Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data on changes in union membership from 2016 to 2017. It was good news for workers, as the total number of union members grew by 262,000 in 2017. Three-fourths of these gains (198,000) were among […]

Building Trades’ Martinez will join Kilmer at State of the Union

Congressman wants to highlight need for investments in infrastructure   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) — Rep. Derek Kilmer has announced that he will bring the President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Martinez, to advocate for infrastructure investments and the jobs that come with them at President Donald Trump’s first […]

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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