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Rally for health care Tuesday at State Capitol

OLYMPIA — Time and again we hear the stories of families and individuals who can’t afford or get access to health insurance coverage. The cold truth is that Americans routinely suffer preventable deaths and bankruptcies because of our deeply flawed health care system. That must change. Health Care for All-WA — an organization endorsed by […]

What a difference a year (and election) makes

Quick movement in Olympia on capital budget, equal pay, Hanford safety net   OLYMPIA (Jan. 12, 2018) — Over the past year, Senate Republicans have held hostage more than $4 billion worth of job-creating public infrastructure projects over an unrelated water-rights issue. This unprecedented injection of partisan politics into last year’s capital budget approval means that badly […]

House committee advances legislation on equal pay

HB 1506 raises floor, but doesn’t block cities from pursuing own efforts   OLYMPIA (Jan. 10, 2018) — House Democratic lawmakers are moving quickly this year to advance legislation to address equal pay. The 2018 legislative session began Monday morning, the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee held a public hearing on the bill Monday […]

The rich are already done paying 2018 taxes, but you’re not

Take action today to urge lawmakers to clean up state’s upside-down tax code   OLYMPIA (Jan. 9, 2018) — They’re done. As of today, the wealthiest people in Washington state have already worked long enough in 2018 to pay their share of taxes. Meanwhile, working people need another two months to do the same because […]

Quick action planned on bills to boost voter participation in state

Washington Voting Rights Act, other bills will get hearings, votes this week   OLYMPIA (Jan. 8, 2018) — More than 1 million Washingtonians were eligible to register to vote in 2016 but didn’t, and of those registered, nearly 1 in 5 didn’t vote. That means only 37 percent of registered voters participated in the November […]

Pro-worker bills will be heard in new Senate

Hearings next week on equal pay, Hanford safety net, other labor-backed bills   OLYMPIA (Jan. 5, 2018) — The 2018 session of the Washington State Legislature will begin Monday, Jan. 8. It’s a “short session” — scheduled to end March 8 — but almost anything will seem short compared to the multiple extended overtime sessions that […]

‘Important progress can be made’ in 2018

WSLC announces Shared Prosperity Agenda for session that begins Monday   OLYMPIA (Jan. 3, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization, representing the interests of approximately 450,000 rank-and file members in more than 600 union organizations — today released its Shared Prosperity Agenda for the 2018 session of […]

Happy New Year: Washington state gets raise, paid sick leave

OLYMPIA (Jan. 2, 2018) — As of yesterday, hundreds of thousands of working people in Washington state got a raise and access to paid sick and safe leave. What a great way to start a happy new year! Thanks to the passage of Initiative 1433 — a successful ballot measure proposed and supported by the […]

A ‘Green New Deal’ for Washington state

Study finds clean energy investments would create about 40,000 jobs/year   OLYMPIA (Dec. 19, 2017) — A comprehensive new study released this month by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst examines the prospects for a transformative “Green New Deal” project for Washington state and concludes that the effort will generate […]

Jan. 6 is Health Care for All statewide day of action

If you’d like to see health care provided for every single person in the State of Washington AND save billions of dollars spent on health care, join Health Care for All-WA on Saturday, Jan. 6, for our 2018 Countdown to Healthcare for All! This coalition, which is endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO […]


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