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Public employees achieve ambitious agenda

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By JOE KENDO The 2018 legislative session provided an opportunity for public sector workers to move legislation that has long stagnated due to intransigence from Senate Republicans. With a pro-worker majority, including new committee chairs, now leading […]

Another punt on our upside-down tax code

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By JOE KENDO Washington is a great place to live, with strong communities, beautiful natural resources for recreation and healthy living, and a robust economy with good wages. However, the people of our state also suffer under […]

DREAM Act 2.0 maintains access to higher education

The following story appears in the Washington State Labor Council’s 2018 Legislative Report (HTML or PDF) published in May. By GRACIELA NUÑEZ PARGAS In another win for the progressive labor movement, undocumented youth are now eligible for the College Bound scholarships regardless of immigration status. HB 1488, prime sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Is.), known […]

Call Gov. Inslee today to urge removal of DOL Director Kohler

OLYMPIA (April 30, 2018) — Under the Director Pat Kohler’s leadership, the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) failed to comply with Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Order prohibiting use of state agency resources to identify or apprehend immigrants for violations of federal immigration laws for a year after he issued it. DOL gave personal information […]

Sexual harassment at work: Know your rights

The following is from the Office of the Attorney General: OLYMPIA (April 24, 2018) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week released a guide designed to be posted in workplaces to educate Washingtonians about their rights regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. The flyer, available in both Spanish and English, lays out the definition and types of sexual […]

AG offers guidance on state’s pregnancy accommodation law

The following is from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General: OLYMPIA (April 11, 2018) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week released a guide for employees and employers on specific civil rights that pregnant employees have under Washington state law. The guide, available as a flyer in both Spanish and English, lays out the accommodations an […]

Volunteer to help collect signatures for Initiative 1631

Statewide measure would put clean energy investment before voters   OLYMPIA (April 10, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a number of other unions are part of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, a coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 200 organizations in Washington state committed to building our state’s economy, […]

Celebrate state’s progress Tuesday on Equal Pay Day in Seattle

SEATTLE — Hill City Tap House is marking Equal Pay Day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 to celebrate Washington state’s newest equal pay law and build awareness about the state’s $18 billion wage gap. Union members and community supporters are invited to attend this event, which will include feminist-themed trivia, speakers […]

Washington state celebrates its first Cesar Chavez Day

YAKIMA (April 2, 2018) — Hundreds showed up for a celebration at the UFCW Local 1439 union hall on Saturday to watch Gov. Jay Inslee sign a bill into law recognizing Cesar Chavez Day as an official Washington state holiday. Chavez, the legendary farm worker advocate and social justice defender, fought for justice and representation […]

Once again, Washington state leads the nation on equal pay

OLYMPIA (March 22, 2018) — Washington was one the first states in the union to address the wage gap by passing the Equal Pay Act in 1943. On Wednesday, the state made history again by adding additional provisions aimed at closing the gap between what women and men are paid as Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded […]

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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