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AG offers guidance on state’s pregnancy accommodation law

The following is from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General: OLYMPIA (April 11, 2018) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week released a guide for employees and employers on specific civil rights that pregnant employees have under Washington state law. The guide, available as a flyer in both Spanish and English, lays out the accommodations an […]

Volunteer to help collect signatures for Initiative 1631

Statewide measure would put clean energy investment before voters   OLYMPIA (April 10, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a number of other unions are part of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, a coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 200 organizations in Washington state committed to building our state’s economy, […]

Celebrate state’s progress Tuesday on Equal Pay Day in Seattle

SEATTLE — Hill City Tap House is marking Equal Pay Day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 to celebrate Washington state’s newest equal pay law and build awareness about the state’s $18 billion wage gap. Union members and community supporters are invited to attend this event, which will include feminist-themed trivia, speakers […]

Washington state celebrates its first Cesar Chavez Day

YAKIMA (April 2, 2018) — Hundreds showed up for a celebration at the UFCW Local 1439 union hall on Saturday to watch Gov. Jay Inslee sign a bill into law recognizing Cesar Chavez Day as an official Washington state holiday. Chavez, the legendary farm worker advocate and social justice defender, fought for justice and representation […]

Once again, Washington state leads the nation on equal pay

OLYMPIA (March 22, 2018) — Washington was one the first states in the union to address the wage gap by passing the Equal Pay Act in 1943. On Wednesday, the state made history again by adding additional provisions aimed at closing the gap between what women and men are paid as Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded […]

Inslee on voting laws: ‘Every community, voice, vote counts’

Governor signs historic ‘Access to Democracy’ bills, including Voting Rights Act   TUKWILA (March 20, 2018) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed five bills  — dubbed the Access to Democracy package  — to improve voter access and strengthen democracy in Washington state. Three of the bills make it easier to register to vote, allowing […]

Inslee signs law ‘banning the box’ in WA

OLYMPIA (March 14, 2018) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298), sponsored by Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo), extending “ban the box” jobseeker protections to cover the state’s public and private employers. Washington becomes the 11th state (and the first in 2018) to require both public- and […]

Historic equal pay bill heads to governor

OLYMPIA (March 8, 2018) — Today is International Women’s Day and working women in Washington state have extra cause for celebration. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act (HB 1506), sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D- Mercer Island), is officially headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who supports the legislation and is expected to sign it […]

WSLC’s Johnson hails new law protecting Hanford workers

OLYMPIA (March 8, 2018) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement this morning: At the close of the legislative session, the governor begins to sign bills into law that have made the torturous journey to get to his desk. Over the past five years, precious few bills […]

Full disclosure: Historic bills are passing!

Progressive policies finally getting votes, but a few still face today’s cutoff   OLYMPIA (March 2, 2018) — While the commercial press has focused its attention (and advocacy) almost exclusively on the public disclosure bill (SB 6617), several truly historic pieces of legislation have passed in recent days that will improve state government and help […]

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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