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Senate Republicans embraced shutdown politics in 2015


In two weeks, the Washington State Labor Council will publish its 2015 Legislative Report and Voting Record summarizing the 2015 session and showing how state legislators voted on key working family issues. As of this writing, the longest legislative session in state history still hasn’t concluded, but here’s a sneak peek at that WSLC report: […]

Senate GOP tea partiers holding state hostage


Rather than compromise, extremists led by Sen. Andy Hill want ANOTHER session   OLYMPIA (June 26, 2015) — “There’s no other way to say it: The state Senate Republicans have been taken over by the Tea Party and their new plan aims for the same kind of endless gridlock we see in the U.S. Congress.” […]

Shutdown Rally on July 1 CANCELLED


UPDATE (June 30, 2015) — With the passage of a budget agreement that avoids a shutdown and fully funds state employee contracts, the Stop the Shutdown rally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 has been CANCELLED. OLYMPIA (June 25, 2015) — With the Legislature’s failure to reach a budget agreement after two overtime legislative sessions, Washington […]

‘Stop the shutdown!’ Unity Rallies planned across state June 18


Surpassing the coordinated “Unity Breaks” held around the state in May, thousands of state employees will escalate their efforts Thursday, June 18 with more than 90 “Unity Rallies” held around the state in a huge effort to stop the state shutdown on July 1. The “Unity Rallies” come as the stalemate in Olympia continues with […]

State Corrections employees picket for contract funding


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: Teamster corrections employees will raise informational pickets at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe and the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Thursday, June 11 from 12 to 4 p.m. to demand that the Legislature pass a budget that funds their contract and avoids a government shutdown. […]

Amid budget slog, advocates for children, parks rally


OLYMPIA (June 10, 2015) — With news reports of the setback in negotiations for a budget agreement, advocates for children and state parks plan to escalate actions to protest the Senate Republicans’ underfunding of those programs. Coordinated by the 40,000-member Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME, the advocates will stage four noontime “Vigils to Protect Kids,” […]

ENOUGH! Avoid the shutdown, pass House budget, go home


OLYMPIA (June 4, 2015) — In stark contrast to the Senate Republicans, whose budget has been dubbed “smoke and mirrors,” House Democratic leaders released a new budget plan this week that demonstrates true compromise and avoids a state government shutdown that looms on July 2, layoffs or holding state employee contracts hostage in pursuit of […]

Senate GOP millionaires oppose raising taxes—on themselves


The following is from Fuse: (June 1, 2015) — A detailed new analysis of public records shows that at least half of the Senate Republicans — 14 in total — have a net worth of $1 million or more. Despite having benefited the most from our schools, roads, and other public infrastructure, they continue to […]

Senate leaders show ‘open contempt’ for state workers


OLYMPIA (May 29, 2015) — Following is a statement from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding the end of the first special session of the Washington State Legislature: The 30-day extended special session of the Legislature ended Thursday with no agreement on the operating budget or a transportation funding package. […]

Funding state employee contracts is good for small businesses


UPDATE (May 28, 2015) — From — Small businesses to Senate: Fund state employee contracts — The Coalition of State Employee Unions stood shoulder to shoulder with small business owners Wednesday to hammer home to the state Senate that funding state employees’ pay raises is just good business. (Also check out WFSE’s video coverage […]


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