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WSLC publishes 2017 Legislative Report

Their work still unfinished, here’s what happened in their first four sessions   OLYMPIA (Aug. 11, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature still has business to conduct — with the state’s $4 billion capital budget being held hostage by Senate Republicans even after three overtime sessions over a rural waters rights bill — but the […]

L&I sets rulemaking hearings to implement I-1433 paid sick leave

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: TUMWATER (Aug. 4, 2017) — Washington’s new mandatory paid sick leave law takes effect in less than six months, starting January 1, 2018. It’s a major change as a result of Initiative 1433, approved by voters last fall. The Department of Labor & […]

How labor’s candidates fared (UPDATED)

UPDATE (Aug. 3, 2017) — With additional votes counted, both Manka Dhingra and Teresa Mosqueda have added to their leads in their respective races. The vote counts below are the latest as of this morning. Click on the race title links for the auditors’ latest results. (Aug. 2, 2017) — Tuesday’s Primary Election results in […]

Attend Saturday’s Block Party for Manka

The following announcement is from the Washington State Labor Council’s Labor Neighbor program: BOTHELL — All union members and their families are invited to attend a BYOB (Bring Your Own Ballot) Labor-Community Block Party, a joint Washington State Labor Council/AFL-CIO and Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME barbecue and canvass for labor-endorsed State Senate candidate Manka […]

Gov. Inslee was right to veto ‘irresponsible’ business tax cut

(July 10, 2017) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement Friday afternoon in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s veto of the section of SB 5977 that would have granted all manufacturing companies in the state a 40 percent Business & Occupation tax cut: On behalf of the […]

Historic paid family, medical leave bill passes Legislature

The following is from the Washington State House Democrats: OLYMPIA (July 1, 2017) — Late Friday evening, Washington state lawmakers passed historic bipartisan legislation that will provide paid family and medical leave benefits to working Washingtonians. The bill is the result of months of negotiations among legislators, the Washington Working Families Coalition and leaders from […]

Shutdown averted, budget passed, contracts funded

UPDATE (11:30 p.m., June 30, 2017) — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 reports: “Gov. Jay Inslee at 11:15 p.m. tonight (Friday, June 30) signed the 2017-2019 operating budget that funds our contracts and public services and stops the shutdown of services tied to the operating budget. The governor applauded the full […]

People to Senate Republicans: Stop the state shutdown!

UPDATE (June 26, 2017) — There’s STILL no budget deal with just 5 days until the state shutdown. Call 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for your State Senator to STOP THE SHUTDOWN and pass a budget! The following is from the All In for Action coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and […]

Day of Action June 22 against looming state shutdown

Join demonstrations in Federal Way, Lakewood, Spokane, Puyallup, Kirkland   UPDATED with more details. (June 22, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature’s second overtime session has ended, the third special session has begun, and a state government shutdown starting July 1 has become a more serious threat. Today, the day that thousands of state employees […]

Fact check: Senate REJECTED state employee contracts

Legislators can’t fund contracts ‘in part,’ dictate terms of renegotiation   The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees: OLYMPIA (June 8, 2017) — Another week of the second special session, another week without a budget and another week closer to a shutdown of state government and temporary layoffs for thousands of state […]

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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