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Senate approves post-Janus collective bargaining bill

EHB 1575 brings clarity, strengthens freedom to join together in unions    This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports. […]

Landmark 100% clean energy legislation passes House

OLYMPIA (April 12, 2019) — The Washington State House of Representatives passed SB 5116 on a 56-42 vote Thursday, taking an important step towards securing a clean-energy future for Washington with important worker protections. The bill now goes back to the Senate, which passed an earlier version, before heading to the desk of Gov. Jay […]

Labor-backed affordable health care bill passes House

UPDATE (April 11, 2019) — ESSB 5526, the Cascade Care bill that will reduce what Washingtonians pay for health insurance and deductibles while assuring access to quality care in the individual market, passed the House 54-38 on Wednesday! Stay tuned for more updates.   Cascade Care (ESSB 5526) will cut health insurance costs, ensure quality […]

Status report on some labor bills as Tuesday cutoff looms

Frontline healthcare workers’ rest break bill advances, ready for floor vote   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other legislative reports. […]

Senate panel’s amended bill attacks teachers

Late night maneuver would cut teacher pay, undermine bargaining rights   OLYMPIA (April 5, 2019) — In the wee morning hours Wednesday morning, without any prior notice, the Senate Ways and Means Committee took up SB 5313 “Concerning school levies” and approved an amendment that would undermine public school teachers’ collective bargaining rights and cut […]

Both state budget proposals offer good news for working families

WSLC will continue to push for boost in workforce training, higher ed funding   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s other […]

Senate Democrats: State budget proposal puts people first

The following is from the Washington State Senate Democrats: OLYMPIA (April 1, 2019) — Senate Democrats on Friday introduced a $52.2 billion state operating budget proposal to fund vital state services, including targeted support for the state’s behavioral health system, K-12 special education, higher education, and the environment. More than 50 percent of the state […]

Hospital caregivers’ unions: SHB 1155 is urgently needed

OLYMPIA (March 29, 2019) — Hospital registered nurses and other frontline caregivers in Washington represented by three unions say a common sense bill moving through the legislature is urgently needed to protect patient safety. The three unions for hospital caregivers — United Food & Commercial Workers 21 (UFCW), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and the Washington State […]

WSLC applauds House Democrats’ budget plan

OLYMPIA (March 26, 2019) — House Democrats released their 2019-21 operating budget proposal on Monday, which in addition to maintaining and improving critical state services, would also fund all state employee contracts and school employee health care coverage. “Working families in Washington have been waiting to see a state budget that reflects their values but […]

Message to state senators: Breaks Are A Lifesaver

Plus the revenue forecast and our budget, and a status report on labor bills   This is the latest edition of the weekly Legislative Update newsletter from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. If you didn’t receive it via email, subscribe to The Stand and you’ll get the Legislative Updates and all of the WSLC’s […]

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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