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Labor Center updating Workers’ Rights Manual, seeks interns

Labor-CenterSEATTLE (Apr. 12, 2013) — The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle Community College, with support from the Fezter Institute, is conducting a year-long project to update its Workers’ Rights Manual. Most recently published in 2008, this easy-to-use reference guide to workplace rights for all workers in Washington State needs updating and revision because of constantly changing federal, state and local labor laws. (The manual is meant to be used as an informative guide, but it is not a substitute for legal advice.)

As part of this important project, the Labor Center is seeking a number of paid interns, whose responsibilities will include:

  • Doing research to update the legal information in the 2008 manual.
  • Designing both print and electronic publications to make this information easily accessible.
  • Working in at least three languages (starting with English and Spanish, and adding translation as resources allow).
  • Working with partners in unions, community-based workers’ rights organizations, K-12 schools, and community colleges to develop curriculum from the Workers’ Rights Manual.

Successful applicants will strengthen their research and writing skills, learn about workers’ rights, and gain insights into how labor unions and community-based organizations do their work.

The internships are open to all college students and graduates. Bilingual applicants, particularly Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali or Amharic speakers, are encouraged to apply. The time commitment is flexible but should be the equivalent of 10-15 hours per week for 3-4 months starting as soon as May. The internship will be compensated with a stipend of $2,000. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Project Manager Kia Sanger at

Also, there are at least four ways that any union, community-based organization or educator can participate in this project:

1)  Explain what materials in what format and in what language(s) would be most useful to you.

2)  Sign up to be part of a curriculum development or translation process.

3)  Make a financial contribution towards the cost of the project.

4)  Offer us your expertise or materials already available on specific subjects pertaining to workplace rights.

For more information, contact Kia at or 206-934-6671, or learn more about the project here.

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