SEATAC — AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre is among the special guest speakers scheduled to appear at the 2015 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which begins Thursday morning, July 23 at the SeaTac DoubleTree by Hilton, 18740 International Blvd. The convention is expected to adjourn Saturday afternoon.
Under the theme “Fighting Inequality,” union, political and community leaders will discuss how workers in SeaTac, around Washington state and all across the nation are fighting for prosperity to be more widely shared. Distinguished speakers and educational workshops will focus on the WSLC’s Shared Prosperity agenda, fair trade policies, climate change and jobs, immigration reform, and much more.
The WSLC mailed the official Convention Call to its affiliated unions in May, which indicates the number of delegates to which each union is entitled and provides other important details. Any union member or leader interested in representing his or her union at the convention should contact their local union for information about how to serve as a delegate or alternate.
At the WSLC’s 2015 Convention, delegates will consider the resolutions that are a key part not just of the WSLC Convention, but of the organization itself. It is through their debate and passage that WSLC positions and policies are established. Any WSLC-affiliated union may submit resolutions. See the resolutions approved in 2014 for examples of the diverse issues that are covered.
The Washington State Labor Council’s Constitution says that proposed resolutions should be submitted 30 days prior to convention (in this case, by June 23). However, “late” resolutions are routinely accepted right up until the first day of convention and also will be considered by delegates. Affiliates are urged to submit these resolutions at the earliest possible time to facilitate reproduction and distribution to the convention body.
If you have convention-related questions, call the WSLC at 206-281-8901.