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WSLC 2016 Legislative Report shows why elections matter

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WSLC’s 2016 Legislative Report, labor voting record now available   OLYMPIA (May 20, 2016) — As rank-and-file delegates representing unions across the state gather this weekend to decide which candidates deserve labor’s support, a new report outlining the “logjam in Olympia” on working families’ issues explains why elections matter. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO […]

‘Freedom’ update: Lose to win, privacy reprieve, probes sought

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (May 16, 2016) — In the end, it was the Freedom Foundation’s abject failure that helped it escape accountability and win a round in court on Friday. In 2014, as part of a national campaign by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to undermine public employee unions, the Freedom Foundation […]

At halfway point, volunteers needed for Initiative 1433

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(May, 12, 2016) — Following is a message from Raise Up Washington, the campaign to qualify and pass Initiative 1433: We need your help gathering signatures for Initiative 1433 — the historic campaign to raise Washington State’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50, phased in over four years, and allow workers to earn paid sick […]

Honor our public workers, they are society’s ‘safety net’

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OLYMPIA (May 4, 2016) — Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, this is national Public Service Recognition Week, honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO,released the following statement: “What holds our society and […]

Johnson on Worker Memorial Day: Never forget the fallen

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OLYMPIA (April 29, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson delivered the following remarks at the annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony conducted at the headquarters of the state Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and our 450,000 union members I want to thank […]

WSLC asks Inslee to intervene at Green River College

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Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, speaks at Friday’s protest of students, faculty and community leaders at Green River College calling for the firing of college President Eileen Ely. See more photos, see AFT Washington’s website. (April 28, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson has asked Gov. Jay […]

Alliance climate policy: ‘Reduce and reinvest’

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The following is from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: (April 25, 2016) — For more than a year, members of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy have been working together to devise a policy that will reduce climate pollution and accelerate our move to clean energy, while aiding in an equitable, workable […]

Rally to Save Green River College is April 22 in Auburn

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AUBURN — The M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are calling on all affiliated unions and community partners to join the students, faculty and staff of Green River College as they protest the toxic environment created by college President Eileen Ely. TAKE A STAND! — Come show your […]

Legislators urge state officials to curb Freedom Foundation politics

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OLYMPIA (March 30, 2016) — Raising serious questions about the extremist Freedom Foundation’s compliance with state laws, 30 Washington State Senators and Representatives are asking Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state Public Disclosure Commission, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to take a closer look at the political activities of the so-called “charity.” “It appears the Freedom Foundation […]

Another dairy worker drowns in manure pit

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (March 16, 2016) — On Feb. 24, 2015, dairy worker Randy Vasquez drowned in an unmarked and unlit manure pit, trapped under an overturned front-end loader, and wasn’t discovered until several hours later. This tragedy at the Riverview Ranch Dairy in Mabton, Wash., spurred proposed legislation to improve dairy […]

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