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Print, return I-1644 petition this week to repeal Eyman’s I-200

UPDATE (July 3, 2018) — It’s time to mail your petitions in! Send them in TODAY to: One Washington Coalition for Equality,  3511 East Columbia St., Seattle, WA 98122. Or better still, collect more signatures at July 4th events and drop them off at that address on Thursday, July 5. Get more information here. The […]

Apply for a L&I Safety Grant to promote healthy workplaces

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (June 26, 2018) — Do you have a great idea to help make Washington workers and workplaces safer? If so, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) may be able to help turn that idea into a reality. L&I’s Safety […]

After court decision, Inslee order supports workers’ rights

Following an anti-worker ruling on mandatory individual arbitration, the governor responds, “We can’t change the Supreme Court’s ruling, but we can change how we do business.”   The following is from the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: OLYMPIA (June 13, 2018) — Mandatory individual arbitration. It’s a tactic used by some employers who want to […]

All workers in Washington state now have equal pay protections

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (June 8, 2016) — Starting Thursday in Washington, employees are legally required to receive equal pay and career advancement opportunities, regardless of gender. The changes are a result of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) and […]

Washington #1 state (by far) to build new Boeing jet, study says

SEATTLE (June 7, 2018) — Washington state is the best location in the U.S. to design, manufacture and ensure a successful launch of Boeing’s next airplane, according to a new state-by-state study. And it wasn’t even close. The study used 41 common metrics to produce the most comprehensive, data-driven aerospace competitiveness study ever done. It was […]

2018 legislative session was ‘a down payment on hope’

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. PRESIDENT’S COLUMN By JEFF JOHNSON Five years of Republican stranglehold on common-sense measures to improve the lives and working conditions of working people has come to an end. And it’s about time. Much longer and the people […]

Victory on equal pay; progress on sexual harassment

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. Washington was one the first states in the nation to address the wage gap by passing the Equal Pay Act in 1943. In 2018, the state made history again by adding additional provisions aimed at closing the […]

Budget boosts teacher pay

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. Supplemental budgets usually just tweak the biennial budget approved the previous year. But in 2018, thanks to savings/efficiencies and a strong economy that is generating desperately needed state revenue, SB 6032 was able to invest a substantial […]

School funding, negotiating rights – at last

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. SECRETARY TREASURER’S COLUMN By LYNNE DODSON Campaign materials for Republicans and Democrats nearly always tout the candidates’ strong support for public education. Yet, with a divided Legislature over the past several years, the slogans on campaign literature […]

Safety net strengthened for Hanford workers

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By NICKOLAS BUMPAOUS In 1943, the federal government brought 50,000 people to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to manufacture plutonium for the world’s first atomic bombs. In 1990, Hanford’s mission shifted from nuclear materials production to environmental clean-up. […]

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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