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2018 Washington Voting Rights Act has been introduced

State bill would empower local governments to close representation gap    OLYMPIA (Dec. 8, 2017) — Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) introduced the Washington Voting Rights Act (SB 6002) to the Washington State Senate on Wednesday. The WVRA is designed to help cities, counties, school boards and other local elected bodies voluntarily adopt changes to their […]

State Senate GOP’s budget gambit killing hundreds of jobs

Senate GOP’s decision to hold capital budget hostage costs 500 jobs (and counting)   The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (Nov. 21, 2017) — Nearly 500 state agency and higher education jobs have or will be cut because of the outgoing Senate Republican majority’s foot dragging on a […]

Manka Dhingra and Teresa Mosqueda win! (UPDATED)

Here’s how state and local labor candidates fared in the 2017 elections   (Nov. 12, 2017) — The results in the following story have been updated to reflect new totals. (Nov. 8, 2017) — Tuesday’s General Election results included some great news for working people in Washington state. In the critical 45th Legislative District race […]

Amid attacks, public workers stand together

Report illustrates how strong unions fight to preserve vital community services   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2017) — Last week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released a new report, Strong Unions, Stronger Communities, that […]

Court ruling protects state workers’ privacy

Freedom Foundation fails (again) in legal battle to access birthdates, private info   OLYMPIA (Nov. 1, 2017) — The Washington Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld state employees’ right to privacy and upheld public employee unions’ appeal against the Freedom Foundation. In a unanimous decision, the court blocked the Freedom Foundation’s attempt to get state […]

Health coverage signups begin Wednesday

Help available for state employees, consumers using WA HealthPlanFinder   OLYMPIA (Oct. 31, 2017) — In this Washington, we are trying to make sure more people have access to health care. Tomorrow is a big day in that effort as open enrollment begins Wednesday, Nov. 1 for state employees and for consumers seeking health insurance […]

Inslee urges Alliance forward; more kickoff events scheduled

Become a Climate Action Steward; attend event tonight in Yakima Valley   OLYMPIA (Oct. 27, 2017) — Nearly 200 attended the Olympia kickoff event for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy featuring Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday. The Alliance — which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a number of other unions — […]

L&I adopts paid sick leave rules to implement I-1433

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (Oct. 23, 2017) — Mandatory paid sick leave in Washington starts in just over two months. Last week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released new state requirements on how the paid sick leave law will be implemented. As a result […]

Join Inslee at Alliance kickoff event Oct. 24 in Olympia

OLYMPIA — All union members and community supporters of sustainable clean-energy jobs are invited to join Governor Jay Inslee, state Rep. Beth Doglio and the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy for a climate change town hall and Olympia kickoff event for the Alliance’s campaign for an effective and equitable carbon reduction policy for transitioning […]

Seattle’s minimum wage hasn’t boosted grocery prices

SEATTLE (Sept. 26, 2017) — Back in June, the University of Washington issued a working paper about Seattle’s minimum wage increase that found more people were working in the city at more jobs for higher pay, but still managed to find fault by suggesting that workers’ hours may have been cut in the process. (That […]

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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