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Urge House: Pass SB 6079 to protect public employee privacy

The following is from Michelle Woodrow, President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement for Teamsters Local 117: OLYMPIA (Feb. 21, 2018) — The State Senate took an important first step toward protecting the personal information of Department of Corrections and other public employees by passing SB 6079 earlier this month. The bill ensures that individuals or […]

Expand ‘win-win’ interpreter model to other state agencies

OLYMPIA (Feb. 21, 2018) — In Washington state, medical interpreters who help Medicaid clients with limited English skills talk with their doctors, have joined together in a union and helped to create a more efficient procurement system for Health Care Authority (HCA) clients to access interpreter services. When they ratified their first contract in 2011 […]

What’s alive and what’s dead-ish in Olympia (Leg. Update)

A status report on pro-worker legislation after Wednesday’s cutoff   OLYMPIA (Feb. 16, 2018) — Wednesday was the cutoff deadline for bills to advance from their houses of origin. If it didn’t get a floor vote by the end of that day, it died. But then, nothing is ever really dead in Olympia. Bills deemed “necessary […]

Senator delivers powerful defense of unions in floor speech

OLYMPIA (Feb. 12, 2018) — Last week, there was a heated debate in the Washington State Senate over legislation that pitted the interests of in-home health care providers, their union, and the state agency that oversees those critical services versus an anti-union think tank on a self-declared mission to “defund and discredit” unions for political reasons. […]

‘Preemption’ power grabs aim to usurp cities (Legislative Update)

GOP trying to block local governments from pursuing employment policies   OLYMPIA (Feb. 9, 2018) — At last week’s Legislative Lobbying Conference of Washington State Labor Council, hundreds of union members were reminded that several from their own ranks — including some attending that conference — were elected last fall to help lead their city […]

A stronger safety net for Hanford workers (Legislative Update)

Bill to help Hanford workers access workers’ comp benefits passes House, Senate   OLYMPIA (Jan. 29, 2018) — Every week it seems that there are new reports that workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been exposed to radiation, toxic vapors and some other chemical hazards. Last month, demolition was halted at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing […]

Legislation protecting state’s Dreamers advances in Olympia

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2018) — On a bipartisan 38-11 vote, the Washington State Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would protect state financial aid eligibility for undocumented students. SB 5074, sponsored by Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle), would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from losing College Bound state financial aid if the DACA program is eliminated at the […]

Sign up for WSLC’s Feb. 1-2 legislative reception, lobby day

OLYMPIA — Last fall’s election of Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) as state senator, which delivered a one-vote Senate majority to Democrats, has ended to five years of legislative gridlock and job-killing hostage politics in Olympia. In the brief 60-day session that began Jan. 8, there has been quick action on the capital budget, the Washington Voting […]

Finally! Action on capital budget, Washington Voting Rights Act

UPDATED (11:20 a.m.) with Senate passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act (see below). Hostage crisis ends as capital budget passes, but damage was done   OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2018) — For nearly a year now, Senate Republicans have held hostage more than $4 billion worth of job-creating school construction and public infrastructure projects over an unrelated […]

House OKs equal pay measure on strong bipartisan vote

After 69-28 vote, WSLC-supported legislation now heads to the Senate   OLYMPIA (Jan. 18, 2018) — After active negotiations between the business and labor communities, the state House of Representatives passed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1506) on a 69-28 vote Wednesday. This is the fourth straight year that the House sends a version of this […]

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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