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Dept. of Corrections employees: Invest in our, your safety

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: OLYMPIA (Feb. 15, 2017) — More than 200 Teamsters working for the Department of Corrections, along with their families and supporters, converged on the State Capitol in Olympia on Tuesday with a simple message for lawmakers: It’s time to invest in the men and women who put their […]

Empower inclusive elections with Washington Voting Rights Act

WVRA enables cities and counties to fix unfair, undemocratic voting systems, avoid costly litigation   OLYMPIA (Feb. 13, 2017) — Last Wednesday, at the same time more than 1,000 union members — mostly building and construction trades members — were swarming the State Capitol campus during a Senate Republican hearing of a “Right-to-Work” bill, another […]

Washington workers in Olympia: HANDS OFF OUR UNIONS!

More than 1,000 swarm Capitol to oppose Republicans’ Right-to-Work bill   OLYMPIA (Feb. 9, 2017) — In the end, more than 1,100 people signed in opposed to SB 5692. Just one person supported it. More than 1,000 union members and supporters, most of them members of building and construction trades unions from around the state, […]

WSLC urges renewal of film tax incentive creating jobs in state

OLYMPIA (Feb. 9, 2017) — At a time when the Washington State Legislature is struggling to fully fund basic education and other critical priorities, organized labor has joined many others in calling for the closure of unproductive state tax loopholes. That doesn’t mean unions oppose all tax incentives. It just means that legislators should ensure […]

Rally Feb. 8 at Capitol against Right-to-Work

OLYMPIA (Feb. 8, 2017) — Union members and their community supporters will rally at the State Capitol today (Wednesday, Feb. 8), the day the Republican-controlled Senate plans a public hearing on legislation that would make Washington a so-called “Right-to-Work” state. State Sens. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) and John Braun (R-Centralia) have sponsored the anti-union bill, SB […]

Open season on state workers in Republican-controlled Senate

‘Awful 7’ bills undermining public employee unions get cold reception   The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (Feb. 7, 2017) — The “Awful 7” anti-state employee bills that went nowhere two years ago hit another tidal wave of opposition in a Senate committee hearing on Monday. The […]

WSLC Leg. Conference: An injury to one is an injury to all

Unionists of all trades visit Capitol, urge state legislators to do the right thing   OLYMPIA (Feb. 6, 2017) — Hundreds of energized leaders and rank-and-file members of Washington’s unions descended on the State Capitol to meet with their elected representatives Friday as part of the Washington State Labor Council Legislative Lobbying Conference. In the […]

Republicans push anti-union ‘Right-to-Work’ in both Washingtons

State, federal legislation introduced to cripple labor movement   By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Feb. 2, 2017) — Republicans in the Washington State Legislature and Congress are introducing bills this week that would institute so-called “right-to-work” policies in Washington and nationally, an attempt to deliver a severe blow to the labor movement and weaken workers’ […]

Republican bills would exempt Initiative 1433 to death

Republicans would deny new minimum wage, sick leave to teens, nonprofits, non-Kings   OLYMPIA (Jan. 30, 2017) — In November, Washington voters approved Initiative 1433 to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour ($13.50 by 2020) and allow all workers to earn some paid sick and safe leave. Republican legislators and business groups […]

Strong support in Olympia for Equal Pay Opportunity Act

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2017) — The House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee heard compelling testimony Tuesday from advocates, workers and business owners in support of two bills intended to help close the gender pay gap. HB 1506, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), addresses income disparities, employer discrimination and […]


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