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WSLC announces legislative agenda for 2019

OLYMPIA (Jan. 10, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC), the state’s largest union organization with more than 600 affiliated unions representing some 450,000 rank-and-file members, today announced its 2019 Shared Prosperity Agenda for the session of the Washington State Legislature that begins on Monday, Jan. 14. “Last fall, voters elected and re-elected […]

Inslee backs ‘public option’ for health care

Washington’s governor: ‘This public option will ensure consumers in every part of the state will have an option for high-quality, affordable coverage.’   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (Jan. 9, 2019) — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he and Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation that would provide a public […]

New year brings family-friendly policies

OLYMPIA (Jan. 2, 2019) — Washington’s lowest-paid workers just got a raise, and all employers and employees in the state have begun building a groundbreaking paid family and medical leave program, thanks to state laws that took effect on New Years Day. The changes were the result of an initiative and legislation strongly supported by […]

WSLC seeks nominees for Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

OLYMPIA (Dec. 18, 2018) — The Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) is an independent quasi-judicial state agency that hears appeals related to workers’ compensation claims and decisions of Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The BIIA is governed by three board members, appointed by the governor, representing business, labor, […]

Teachers’ unions express support for Inslee’s budget plan

But AFT Washington urges greater investment in community, technical colleges   OLYMPIA (Dec. 17, 2018) — The leaders of Washington state’s biggest unions representing K-12 and higher education educators have expressed support for the budget proposal unveiled last week by Gov. Jay Inslee. “Washington educators are pleased Gov. Inslee’s budget proposal provides funding for the newly […]

Hanford suit called a ‘depraved action’ by Trump administration

Feds sue to block state’s protections for sick Hanford workers, their families   OLYMPIA (Dec. 12, 2018) — On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice followed through on its threat to sue Washington to try to force our state to scrap its protections for sick Hanford workers. The Trump administration’s DOJ filed a lawsuit to […]

Opt-out group’s wish list: Pension cuts, layoffs, less benefits

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (Dec. 5, 2018) — Behind their “Opt Out Today” smoke screen, the Freedom Foundation is deceiving public employees about their true intentions. Opt Out Today propaganda boasts about liberating workers from unions, using the same tired rhetoric that the billionaire class has been using for decades. […]

Workers’ comp rates to drop 5%; biggest reduction in 12 years

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (Dec. 4, 2018) — The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1. On Monday, the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 5 percent decrease in the […]

Register now for 2019 Legislative Conference

Online registration is now available for reception, lobby day on Jan. 30-31   OLYMPIA — With the 2018 election’s solidification of pro-worker majorities in the Washington State Legislature, all eyes will soon be on Olympia to find out what type of agenda state lawmakers will pursue and how it will affect working families. So it’s […]

Feds oppose workers’ comp protections for Hanford workers

Trump’s Justice Department threatens to sue state over new workers’ comp law    By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Nov. 27, 2018) — Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved labor-supported legislation to address the nearly insurmountable barriers that workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation face when they get sick due to toxic exposure and seek relief […]


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