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New WSLC Executive Board begins term

OLYMPIA (Feb. 7, 2018) — At last week’s Executive Board meeting of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 32 Vice Presidents representing different unions and constituency groups from across the state took the oath of office and began their 4-year terms. Together with WSLC President Larry Brown and Secretary Treasurer April Sims, these Vice Presidents comprise […]

State’s unions ‘strong and getting stronger’

Unionists descend on State Capitol to lobby for pro-worker legislation   OLYMPIA (Feb. 1, 2019) — Hundreds of union leaders and rank-and-file members from across Washington state gathered Thursday in Olympia to attend the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO’s 2019 Legislative Lobbying Conference at Hotel RL in Olympia. They got quick briefings on some priority pro-worker […]

Sign up now for this week’s legislative events

WSLC hosts Legislative Reception, Lobbying Conference on Jan. 30-31   OLYMPIA (Jan. 28, 2019) — The 2019 Legislative Reception and Lobbying Conference of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is this Wednesday night, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Hotel RL (Red Lion), 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, in Olympia. Today is the last […]

Path to Power candidate training set for March 13-15 in Seattle

SEATTLE (Jan. 24, 2019) — Are you a union member thinking about running for the city council, school board, or some other elected public office? The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is once again partnering with the national AFL-CIO to host Path to Power: A Political Candidate Training Program on March 13-15 at the Painters District […]

Unions in Washington state post big membership gains

With 649,000 members in 2018, Washington is 3rd most unionized in U.S.   SEATTLE (Jan. 18, 2019) — More and more people in Washington state are seeing the value of joining together in unions. The state’s union membership rate increased to 19.8 percent of the total workforce in 2018, up from 18.8 percent in 2017, […]

Larry Brown-April Sims era begins at WSLC

SEATTLE (Jan. 8, 2019) — Larry Brown and April Sims were sworn in Monday as executive officers of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, representing the interests of more than 600 local union organizations with some 450,000 rank-and-file members. They begin four-year terms after being elected by the WSLC’s affiliated […]

As he leaves WSLC, happy Jeff Johnson Day!

SEATTLE (Jan. 4, 2019) — Today is Jeff Johnson’s final day serving as President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, representing more than 600 union organizations with some 450,000 rank-and-file members. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has commemorated the occasion by declaring today “Jeff Johnson Day” in the city. After […]

González leaving WSLC to be ACLU-WA Legislative Director

SEATTLE (Jan. 4, 2019) — Eric González Alfaro, who has served as Legislative and Policy Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO since January 2016, has announced he is resigning his WSLC position to become Legislative Director of the ACLU of Washington. ACLU-WA is the state affiliate of the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization, […]

UW Postdoc leader Brotherton is WSLC’s 2019 Legislative Intern

OLYMPIA (Jan. 3, 2019) — Last year, more than 1,100 Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of Washington voted to join together and form a union — UW Postdocs United/UAW 4121 — to bargain for increased job security, better pay, and more protections for international Postdocs, among other things. Carolyn Brotherton, a Postdoc in UW’s Department of […]

WSLC staffer Janet Hays retires after 46-year labor career

SEATTLE (Dec. 19, 2018) — Today is the final workday for longtime Washington State Labor Council staffer Janet Hays. She is retiring after 24 years of service at the WSLC — including the last eight as Executive Assistant to WSLC President Jeff Johnson — and 46 years in the labor movement. “Janet Hays is a […]


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