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WSLC’s Johnson on Worker Memorial Day: Never forget the fallen

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OLYMPIA (April 29, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson delivered the following remarks at the annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony conducted at the headquarters of the state Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater: On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and our 450,000 union members I want to thank […]

WSLC asks Inslee to intervene at Green River College

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Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, speaks at Friday’s protest of students, faculty and community leaders at Green River College calling for the firing of college President Eileen Ely. See more photos, see AFT Washington’s website. (April 28, 2016) — Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson has asked Gov. Jay […]

Alliance climate policy: ‘Reduce and reinvest’

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The following is from the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: (April 25, 2016) — For more than a year, members of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy have been working together to devise a policy that will reduce climate pollution and accelerate our move to clean energy, while aiding in an equitable, workable […]

Rally to Save Green River College is April 22 in Auburn

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AUBURN — The M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are calling on all affiliated unions and community partners to join the students, faculty and staff of Green River College as they protest the toxic environment created by college President Eileen Ely. TAKE A STAND! — Come show your […]

Legislators urge state officials to curb Freedom Foundation politics

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OLYMPIA (March 30, 2016) — Raising serious questions about the extremist Freedom Foundation’s compliance with state laws, 30 Washington State Senators and Representatives are asking Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state Public Disclosure Commission, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to take a closer look at the political activities of the so-called “charity.” “It appears the Freedom Foundation […]

Another dairy worker drowns in manure pit

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (March 16, 2016) — On Feb. 24, 2015, dairy worker Randy Vasquez drowned in an unmarked and unlit manure pit, trapped under an overturned front-end loader, and wasn’t discovered until several hours later. This tragedy at the Riverview Ranch Dairy in Mabton, Wash., spurred proposed legislation to improve dairy […]

Labor opposes surprise charter schools bill

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UPDATE — The House voted 58-39 to pass SB 6194 with minor amendments that didn’t alter labor’s opposition. The Senate then concurred on a 26-23 vote. The bill has been delivered to Gov. Jay Inslee. Stay tuned to see whether he signs or vetoes it. OLYMPIA (March 9, 2016) — Leaders of labor organizations across […]

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Urge senators to pass it (again)

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OLYMPIA (March 8, 2016) –Happy International Women’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than by taking a stand for gender equality at work? The Washington Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is close to becoming law. The Washington State Senate stood with pregnant workers and their families earlier this session by passing SB 6149 unanimously, as […]

Tell your senator: Stop punishing the poor for their poverty!

OLYMPIA (March 2, 2016) — A bill to reform our state’s broken system for collecting court-imposed fees, fines, and restitution has unanimously passed the House. Currently, the state imposes crushing debts on poor people with charges that accrue at 12 percent annual interest, even when incarcerated. Those who cannot afford to pay are sometimes locked […]

Community urges fix for broken Legal Financial Obligations

(March 1, 2016) — The following letter was signed by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and dozens of other advocates for communities of color (see list at the bottom.) Also see the ACLU Fact Sheet on LFO Reform and HB 1390, which unanimously passed the state House of Representatives and […]

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