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WA YELL event will feature Liz Shuler, Jay Inslee

“Sunset Cocktails on the Sound,” a social and fundraising event to benefit the Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) that will featuring special guest AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler, has added another special guest to the agenda: Jay Inslee, labor’s endorsed candidate for Governor in Washington state.

The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, and tickets and sponsorships are still available. Unions have been urged to bring their young emerging leaders, or to recruit some to attend this inspiring event. Individual tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. (See the latest list of sponsoring organizations below.)

As the youngest elected officer in AFL-CIO history, Shuler is committed to increasing the involvement of young adults in the labor movement. A Portland native, she is a strong supporter of WA YELL’s mission to attract young workers, activists and the unemployed into labor and social justice movements, and to provide leadership development opportunities for them.

Union delegates from across Washington voted in February for an early endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee’s campaign for Governor. Inslee has a lifetime 89% Congressional Voting Record with the AFL-CIO, after serving as U.S. Representative from the 4th District in 1993-94 and the 1st District from 1999 to present. He has consistently voted with working families’ interests on strengthening collective bargaining rights, protecting Social Security and Medicare, expanding access to affordable health care, and protecting labor standards, including the minimum wage, overtime pay, prevailing wage, and workplace safety.

Open to the public, “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound” is being organized by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace/IFPTE 2001, the main sponsor and Champion of the event. SPEEA has also invited representatives of Viking Robotics, a Ballard High School-based robotics team sponsored by the union, to demonstrate a robot that shoots baskets.

The June 7 event’s CO-HOSTS include:

SEIU Local 775/Working Washington
M.L. King County Labor Council
International Association of Fire Fighters


Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Pride at Work
SEIU HealthCare 1199NW
Teamsters Local 117
Thurston Lewis Mason Counties Labor Council
AFT Washington
Graphics Communications/IBT 767M
UA Local 32
CWA State Council

Event STAKEHOLDERS are AFT Local 1789, NALC Branch 79, UNITE HERE Local 8, and OPEIU Local 8.

Unions can guarantee tickets for their members through the sponsorship opportunities that are still available. Click here for details or call Kamaria Hightower at 206-281-8901, ext. 21.

For more information about WA YELL, check out its Facebook page.

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