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Lawmakers updating state’s bargaining laws

Bills conform with Janus while strengthening our freedom to join together   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports.  […]

Bill would expose violations in agricultural supply chains

OLYMPIA (Feb. 15, 2018) — Today, agricultural workers and United Farm Worker activists will have their eyes on Olympia to express support the first hearings of SB 5693, the Transparency in Agricultural Supply Chains Act.  This act, co-sponsored by Sens. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), Karen Keiser (D-Kent), Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) and Mona Das (D-Covington), is designed […]

Legislators draw road map to more affordable child care

The following is from the Washington Public News Service: OLYMPIA (Feb. 12, 2019) — Washington state lawmakers are laying out plans to make child care more affordable and accessible. The Child Care Access Now Act sets out a few goals for the state, aiming to establish universal access to child care for all families by […]

Our time counts—at work and away from it (Leg. Update)

Workers support ‘secure scheduling’ bill at packed House hearing   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports.  OLYMPIA (Feb. […]

Beth Thew honored as term ends on Workforce Training Board

OLYMPIA (Feb. 7, 2019) — Beth Thew, formerly of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, was recently honored after serving 16 years on the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB), a state agency committed to sustaining Washington’s economic vitality through a highly skilled workforce. Thew served four terms as a governor-appointed Labor Member of the Workforce Board, […]

Take action to protect nurses, patient safety

Tell your legislators to support uninterrupted-break bills, oppose industry ‘alternative’   UPDATE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The labor-supported bills guaranteeing uninterrupted breaks for nurses and healthcare workers (HB 1155 and SB 5190) are both scheduled for public hearings on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in their respective houses’ fiscal committees. SB 5344, the industry-supported […]

Bills would improve oversight of state government contractors

The following is from the Washington Public News Service: OLYMPIA (Feb. 4, 2019) — A measure in the Washington State Legislature could bring greater transparency to government contracting. The Taxpayer Protection Act would require state agencies to evaluate the cost of outsourcing work to private contractors and follow-ups to ensure the contractors are meeting their […]

Working Families Tax Credit would boost nearly 1 million

The following is from the Washington State Budget and Policy Center: OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2019) — Families working hard to get by shouldn’t have to choose between rent and groceries. But Washington’s current state and local tax code requires those with the least to contribute the most – 18 percent of their incomes – while […]

Worker classification needs more clarity in Washington state

Simplifying independent contractors rules helps workers, businesses, taxpayers   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports.  OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, […]

Help is available for shutdown-harmed federal workers

UPDATE (Jan. 24, 2019 at noon) — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that amid the ongoing federal government shutdown he is directing the state Employment Security Department to make ALL federal employees, including those who are being forced to work without pay, to be eligible for unemployment benefits. So this story below has been updated. […]

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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