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PNW apprenticeship conference: Sign up now and save money

TACOMA — The 2018 Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, which promotes the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship through education of policy makers, employers, apprenticeship sponsors and workforce and education professionals, isn’t until Dec. 4-5 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. But NOW is the time to register and save money. The early-bird registration fee of $150 expires on […]

Tell Inslee: Fair pay, affordable health care for state employees

(Aug. 9, 2018) — Today, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 are having a Fair Pay and Real Opportunity Day of Action with WFSE bargaining teams that are currently negotiating wages, rights and working conditions holding Unity Breaks across the state. TAKE A STAND — All union members and community […]

A fantastic day for labor candidates, causes

A big win in Missouri, plus a strong showing in Washington’s primary   (Aug. 8, 2017) — Tuesday’s election results offered great news for working people. In Missouri, voters resoundingly rejected Proposition A, their Republican legislature’s effort to create so-called “right to work (for less)” restrictions on their state. It was a rare opportunity for […]

State to feds: Don’t slash farmworker wages

OLYMPIA (July 31, 2018) — Washington’s apple industry has been pressuring both the Washington State Employment Security Division (ESD) and the federal Department of Labor (DOL) to lower harvest wages between $4-6 per hour for the upcoming 2018 apple harvest. But after a state agriculture lobbying group bragged that its manipulation of apple harvest survey […]

Tell Gov. Inslee: Restore state’s successful interpreter services

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (July 24, 2018) — For the past six years, the Washington state government has had a successful interpreter services program that provides language access to Medicaid and DSHS Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons. In 2017, the statewide vendor, CTS LanguageLink, processed payments for […]

Attend meetings July 19-23 to urge fairer state tax structure

OLYMPIA (July 10, 2018) — The Legislature has established a Tax Structure Work Group, the goal of which is to facilitate discussions about the current tax structure, with a focus on the Business & Occupation tax, and identify any options to improve the overall tax structure. The work group is scheduling public meetings to create an […]

L&I sweep of unregistered contractors nets 50 violations

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (July 2, 2018) — Surprise sweeps for unregistered contractors in Washington last month resulted in nearly 50 citations in three days. Inspectors with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) discovered the violations during unannounced visits to 636 construction sites […]

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 […]

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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