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Olympia rally today to save nurse 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 […]

Senate approves post-Janus collective bargaining bill

EHB 1575 brings clarity, strengthens freedom to join together in unions    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. […]

Landmark 100% clean energy legislation passes House

OLYMPIA (April 12, 2019) — The Washington State House of Representatives passed SB 5116 on a 56-42 vote Thursday, taking an important step towards securing a clean-energy future for Washington with important worker protections. The bill now goes back to the Senate, which passed an earlier version, before heading to the desk of Gov. Jay […]

Labor-backed affordable health care bill passes House

UPDATE (April 11, 2019) — ESSB 5526, the Cascade Care bill that will reduce what Washingtonians pay for health insurance and deductibles while assuring access to quality care in the individual market, passed the House 54-38 on Wednesday! Stay tuned for more updates.   Cascade Care (ESSB 5526) will cut health insurance costs, ensure quality […]

Status report on some labor bills as Tuesday cutoff looms

Frontline healthcare workers’ rest break bill advances, ready for floor vote   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. […]

Senate panel’s amended bill attacks teachers

Late night maneuver would cut teacher pay, undermine bargaining rights   OLYMPIA (April 5, 2019) — In the wee morning hours Wednesday morning, without any prior notice, the Senate Ways and Means Committee took up SB 5313 “Concerning school levies” and approved an amendment that would undermine public school teachers’ collective bargaining rights and cut […]

Both state budget proposals offer good news for working families

WSLC will continue to push for boost in workforce training, higher ed funding   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 […]

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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