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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 […]

Health care bills advance in Legislature on two fronts

Plus, a status report on key labor-backed 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 other legislative reports. OLYMPIA (March 18, […]

At Town Halls, urge state legislators to fix upside-down tax system

(March 13, 2019) — After today’s cutoff deadline for bills to pass their houses of origin, many Washington state legislators will be returning to their legislative districts and holding Town Hall meetings to update constituents about the session and answer questions. Mark your calendar right now to attend your local Town Hall and ask, “What […]

Tell your legislators to support state contractor accountability

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (March 12, 2019) — Each year the State of Washington outsources more and more public services to private contractors. Outsourcing doesn’t just threaten state employees’ jobs; it transfers billions in taxpayer dollars to private hands with minimal requirements for ensuring transparency, […]

Senate votes to ‘Keep Washington Working’

Also: Rest breaks for health care workers passes House, bill status reports as Wednesday cutoff approaches   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 […]

Trump administration’s federal overtime proposal ‘way too weak’

DOL’s ‘insufficient’ plan raises urgency for state to restore 40-hour work week   OLYMPIA (March 8, 2019) — The Trump administration announced plans Thursday to dramatically scale back an Obama-era rule to update the salary threshold for overtime exemption, increasing the urgency for the Washington state government to update its rules to restore overtime rights […]

Senate votes to restrict non-compete contracts

OLYMPIA (March 7, 2019) — The Washington State Senate on Tuesday approved legislation supported by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO that would create broad new restrictions on the use of “non-competition agreements” in the state. These contracts, often signed by workers as a condition of their hiring, block them from finding better jobs in […]

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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