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L&I: Stay hydrated, pace yourself in the heat

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TUMWATER (Aug. 18, 2016) — With temperatures across the state soaring this week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is reminding workers and employers that working outdoors in hot weather can quickly cause heat-related illness. It is particularly important to be aware when temperatures seesaw between cool to very hot weather. Heat exhaustion and […]

State contract rallies continue; RSVP for the big one on Aug. 31

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OLYMPIA (Aug. 5, 2016) — Dozens of state employees from several community colleges descended on South Puget Sound Community College and Spokane Community College on Thursday to support a fair contract. The Community College Coalition Bargaining Team for the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME held its latest negotiation session Thursday at SPSCC so members and […]

Employees urge state to address safety-inspector retention crisis

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OLYMPIA (July 28, 2016) — Washington state employees who make sure workers are safe on the job and their community supporters rallied this morning for more competitive wages. Employees from the Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) want the state’s help retaining more of its workers. The rally took […]

RSVP to support state employees at Invest in WA rally Aug. 31

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OLYMPIA (July 28, 2016) — Join a coalition of unions representing state employees led by the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 and community supporters of quality public services at the Invest in Washington Rally at the State Capitol at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Participants will urge Governor Jay Inslee to stop […]

UW Medical Center nurses win ‘fair share’ language

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The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association: SEATTLE (July 11, 2016) — The registered nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center voted by a significant majority to add Fair Share Membership language to the collective bargaining agreement that covers the 1,500 registered nurses who work there. “This is a huge victory for […]

State employees show solidarity as WFSE bargains for real raises

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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