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Community forums continue for min. wage/sick leave measure


(Feb. 3, 2016) — Labor, faith, and community groups have come together in 2016 to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding paid sick and safe leave throughout the state. A ballot initiative has been filed to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn up to […]

‘Freedom’ Foundation: Driven by greed, powered by lies


(Feb. 2, 2016) — The Washington State Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 has launched a new online resource exposing the state’s billionaire-funded “think tank” that attack unions. The site explains that the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation’s efforts to get personal contact information for all state employees is rooted in its funders’ desire to cut […]

Senate Republicans resume effort to privatize workers’ comp


OLYMPIA (Feb. 1, 2016) — A few years ago, voters in every county in Washington state — east and west, red and blue — rejected a business-funded initiative to privatize our state-run workers’ compensation system and outsource the safety net for injured workers to insurance companies. But within months of that 2010 initiative’s defeat, Republicans […]

WSLC fights bills discriminating against transgender people


OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2016) — On a party-line vote Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed SB 6443, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Bellingham), which would reverse the state Human Rights Commission’s policy clarifying that transgender people can use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identities. The Washington […]

Advance aerospace tax break accountability!


OLYMPIA (Jan. 27, 2016) — Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability legislation (HB 2638) would ensure that the nation’s largest corporate tax break — Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference bill approved in November 2013 — meets its original intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce.” Dozens of workers, community members and union leaders traveled to […]

Dairy workers ask legislators for better farm safety, training


OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2016) — Dairy workers, the United Farm Workers and state labor and faith groups gathered at the State Capitol on Monday to announce introduction of House Bill 2484, a landmark dairy safety bill targeting deaths and rising injury rates on Washington state dairies. A vigil by dairy workers was conducted outside the […]

Faculty seek representative to serve on UW Board of Regents


The following is from SEIU 925: OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2016) — State Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) introduced a bill last week that would bring balance to the University of Washington Board of Regents by creating a faculty position. Currently the majority of regents on the Board are leaders of finance and industry. Creating a faculty […]

WSLC outlines ’16 Shared Prosperity Agenda


OLYMPIA (Jan. 14, 2016) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization representing the interests of more than 600 labor organizations with more than 450,000 members — outlined its 2016 Shared Prosperity Agenda on Wednesday for the legislative session that began this week. “Both the governor’s State of the State […]

WSLC’s Johnson: State, nation face the future with confidence


(Jan. 13, 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama and the State of the State address by Governor Jay Inslee: Governor Inslee and President Obama struck a common theme of facing the future […]

Statewide minimum wage/paid sick leave initiative is filed


The following is from Raise Up Washington: OLYMPIA (Jan. 11 ,2016) — Proponents of raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding sick leave for low income and working families across Washington today filed a citizen initiative for the 2016 ballot. The coalition, represented by workers, union members, faith leaders and others, submitted legislation to the Secretary […]


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