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Immediate, widespread support for updating overtime pay rules

TUMWATER (June 6, 2019) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced Wednesday its long-awaited proposal to restore overtime pay rights, which is projected to return time-and-a-half pay to more than 250,000 workers who’ve lost those protections because rules haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. And the support for L&I […]

What the state’s new Fair Chance law means for job applicants

OLYMPIA (May 21, 2019) — In 2018, the Legislature passed the Washington Fair Chance Act to protect job applicants with a criminal record so they can fairly compete for job opportunities for which they are otherwise qualified. This legislation was supported by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a broad coalition of business, labor, […]

100% clean energy: ‘Monumental victory’ for environment, jobs

100% clean energy law with labor standards hailed as Inslee signs climate bills   SEATTLE (May 8, 2019) — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a set of landmark climate and clean energy policies into law on Tuesday, surrounded by a diverse coalition of supporters and community groups, including representatives of organized labor. The new laws approved […]

What passed and what didn’t — order extra copies of WSLC Legislative Report for your local

OLYMPIA (April 30, 2019) — The 2019 session of the Washington State Legislature — which featured some major twists and turns, great successes and disappointing failures — wrapped up at midnight on Sunday with the passage of the biennial budget. Importantly, that budget will fully fund state employee contracts and school employee health care coverage. […]

A major victory for hospital caregivers and for patient safety

‘Clean’ rest break bill passes both houses after massive show of support   OLYMPIA (April 25, 2019) — The safety of hospital patients and their frontline caregivers drew national attention in the past week, culminating in hundreds of nurses, medical technicians, and their supporters rallying at the State Capitol on Wednesday — and then celebrating. […]

Ask legislators to pass I-1000: Fairness, opportunity for all!

OLYMPIA (April 25, 2019) — Initiative 1000, an Initiative to the Legislature that would repeal Washington state’s I-200 ban on affirmative action policies, was unanimously endorsed at the Washington State Labor Council’s COPE Convention because Washington’s working families value fairness and shared opportunities for us all. I-1000 will ensure we all have access to better […]

Olympia rally to save nurse-tech break bill

Sen. Walsh’s comments about nurses playing cards draw national outrage   OLYMPIA (April 22, 2019) — After 10 years of seeking legislation to ensure that nurses and other frontline healthcare workers get uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, and after 10 years of opposition by hospital administrators, this labor-supported patient safety legislation is tantalizingly close to […]

Call hotline, urge legislators to end tax break on windfall gains

OLYMPIA (April 19, 2019) — Another tax day has come and gone, and Washington still holds the top spot for the most upside-down tax code in the nation, where our working families pay six times more of their income in taxes than the richest households. Democrats have the majority in Olympia and could take steps […]

Senate amends, OKs nurse break bill; long-term care bill passes

Also approved: Ground-breaking bill to provide long-term care coverage   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 (April […]

Support AFT walkout April 16 to ‘[Re]invest In Our Colleges’

The following is from AFT Washington: (April 15, 2019) — Did you attend the 2018 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO? If yes, you may recall the vigorous and unanimous support for Resolution 19, “Renewing the call for full support of the labor community and technical college system.” The members and staff of […]


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