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State employees show solidarity as WFSE bargains for real raises


(June 27, 2016) — Last week, in the first of a summer-long series of events around the state, hundreds of state employees who are members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 rallied at the state Department of Labor and Industries headquarters in Tumwater. Our friends, family and neighbors who provide essential […]

Patty Murray, Thomas Perez: Collect signatures for I-1433


SEATTLE (June 21, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on Friday urged Washington voters to sign a petition for Initiative 1433, which would raise Washington state’s minimum wage in four steps to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn paid sick and safe leave. They were joined by UFCW 21 […]

‘All hands on deck’ for I-1433 this Saturday


The following is from Raise Up Washington: Would you consider giving 2.5 hours to make a world of difference for a million Washington workers? This Saturday, June 4, hundreds of volunteers will take to the streets and gather signatures for Initiative 1433’s Statewide Day of Action. With your help, we can gather 13,500 signatures in […]

Return your I-1433 petitions; volunteer July 4


UPDATE (June 24, 2016) — This is it. Thank you to all of you who gathered signatures for Initiative 1433, the important effort to raise the state minimum wage and allow workers to earn paid sick leave. To make sure I-1433 makes the ballot, it’s critical that you mail any signatures you have in hand. […]

WSLC 2016 Legislative Report shows why elections matter


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


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


(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’


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


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


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 […]




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