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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 […]

Job-creating 100% clean energy bill advances

Plus, a status report on labor-supported bills following Friday’s cutoff   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 […]

Take action: Tell your legislators to reform non-competition pacts

OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2019) — Today in Washington state, many people are denied the freedom to work in their chosen professions by pernicious “non-competition agreements.” These contracts, often signed by workers as a condition of their hiring, restrict them from finding better jobs in their industry. SB 5478 and HB 1450 would regulate non-competition covenants […]

Where pro-worker bills stand in Olympia

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 (Feb. 25, 2019) — The action in Olympia was fast and […]

Lawmakers updating state’s bargaining laws

Bills conform with Janus while strengthening our freedom to join together   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.  […]

Bill would expose violations in agricultural supply chains

OLYMPIA (Feb. 15, 2018) — Today, agricultural workers and United Farm Worker activists will have their eyes on Olympia to express support the first hearings of SB 5693, the Transparency in Agricultural Supply Chains Act.  This act, co-sponsored by Sens. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), Karen Keiser (D-Kent), Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) and Mona Das (D-Covington), is designed […]

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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