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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 […]

Tell legislators: Stop this political nonsense, fund the contracts

State workers are getting layoff notices as Senate GOP refuse to do their job   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2017) — Washington state agencies have been instructed to plan for a partial government shutdown on July 1 because legislators are in a political standoff over the 2017-19 operating budget. In fact, amid a second overtime session […]

Coalition ‘disappointed’ in move to take capital gains off table

OLYMPIA (May 25, 2017) — All In For Action, a coalition of 50 organizations committed to cleaning up Washington’s upside-down tax code, issued the following response to Governor Jay Inslee’s comments on Tuesday that there is not sufficient support in the State Legislature to close the capital gains tax loophole: “The governor has been a strong advocate of fixing our […]

Rally, picket May 20 to save Fircrest School from closure

SHORELINE — The Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 encourages all union members and community supporters to a Save Fircrest Rally and Picket on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Fircrest School, 15230 15th Ave. NE in Shoreline. (Download, post and share the rally flier.) As state lawmakers continue […]

Bradley Foundation targets unions in Washington state

Reports: Group is funding Freedom Foundation to attack workers’ rights   SEATTLE (May 16, 2017) — Recent reports from the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Washington is one of the top targets for the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s plans to dismantle unions and state laws protecting workers’ […]


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