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Sen. Andy Hill’s collective bargaining chips

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State workers’ livelihoods held hostage by ideological gambit   OLYMPIA (May 1, 2015) — The votes are there. A majority of state senators agrees with Gov. Jay Inslee and the House of Representatives that state employees deserve to get their first general wage increases in seven years by fully funding the negotiated collective bargaining agreements. […]

Joe Kendo appointed WSLC Government Affairs Director

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(May 1, 2015) — The following statement was released this morning by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: It gives me great pleasure to announce today that I am appointing Joe Kendo to the position of Government Affairs Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. For the past two years Joe […]

Mosqueda named WSLC Political and Strategic Campaign Director

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(April 29, 2015) — The following statement was released this morning by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: It gives me great pleasure to announce today that I am appointing Teresa Mosqueda to the position of Political and Strategic Campaign Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. For the past four […]

Message to Olympia: Public Service Matters!

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(April 20, 2015) — Hundreds gathered in cities across the state on Saturday to honor the people who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, teach and protect our children, maintain our roads, and provide other essential services. “Public Service Matters” events celebrated the contributions of our friends, neighbors, family members, and […]

Health dangers of pesticide drift warrants action, experts say

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By ELISSA GOSS Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (April 15, 2015) — “A full year later, I still suffer from the symptoms such as nausea and headaches,” said Viviana Silva Guerrero, a farm worker who was exposed to pesticide drift in Eastern Washington. “If we had some form of notification, it would have helped. The […]

Public Service Matters events across state Saturday, April 18

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Our state values the quality public services we all rely on, and the people who proudly provide them. State employees are our friends, neighbors, customers, and family members who keep our communities safe, care for the elderly and disabled, teach and protect our children, maintain our roads and transportation system, and provide other essential services. […]

Make the call to urge a fair revenue solution

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This week — Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17 — is the Tax Week Call-In to make sure Washington’s wealthiest residents and large, profitable corporations pay their fair share for education, senior services, mental health care and many other critical state services. TAKE A STAND! — Please call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and […]

Broken promises, broken priorities in State Senate

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Public service disrespected, devalued by Senate Republican obstructionism   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (April 10, 2015) — This is what obstruction looks like. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the House of Representatives and a bipartisan majority in the Senate — 29 of 49 senators — all say they want to fully […]

Senate GOP changes rules to block raises for state workers

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OLYMPIA (April 6, 2015) — The Republican-controlled State Senate attempted to quickly pass a budget proposal late last week that, among other things, disrespects state employees by rejecting the contracts that would grant them their first pay raises in seven years. After a marathon debate, Democrats managed to delay a final vote on the proposal […]

It’s time for lawmakers to correct our state’s revenue system

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OLYMPIA (March 27, 2015) — Debate on Washington’s state budget for the next two years kicks into high gear today with the release of the House budget proposal, just one month from the scheduled end of the 2015 legislative session on April 26. Our state’s population and costs and demands for state services continue to […]

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