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Register for WSLC Race & Labor workshops on Nov. 9 and 18

Versión en Español aquí.

With 2021 coming to a close, the work of Race and the Labor Movement in Washington continues to build in every corner of the state. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is proud to share that it has launched its first Race & Labor Certification cohort to build capacity to facilitate workshops and workplace conversations on racial justice, unifying coworkers across race and place. The first cohort of rank-and-file union members completed the program during the last week of October, and will be supporting our upcoming workshops in conjunction with Central Labor Councils (CLCs) and unions across the state. Stay tuned as the WSLC will share more about this joint project with Labor Notes and the WSLC Racial Justice Committee.

WSLC has committed to hosting workshops for affiliates, labor leaders and rank-and-file members on Race & Labor at 100 percent of our CLCs by the end of the year and into the beginning of 2022. These workshops have been developed by committees of rank-and-file union members and staff, based on WSLC’s Race & Labor curriculum with added local labor history and topics.

For example, our upcoming virtual workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 9 was developed by union members, staff and leaders with local unions and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (PNW LCLAA). See a full description of the workshop in English and Spanish, along with sponsoring unions, below. These workshops are part of a broader effort by labor to center communities most impacted and lift the culture shift that the WSLC believes is happening here in Washington state. All are invited to participate!

Bridging the Divide: Tools for Building Union Solidarity — Central and Southeast WA — Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation available. Register here.

Interconnection of Race and Labor History: Past, Present, & Future — Greater Spokane Area — Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register here.

Additional details about the “Bridging the Divide” workshop:

Some of the questions to be explored: How do we talk to members and coworkers who think differently than us (politics, racial and gender justice, membership, etc…)? Would you like to be a better leader in your workplace and a voice for change? These are such big issues – what can we actually do about it?

This participatory workshop is designed to give you practical tools for building union solidarity within your workplace. This two-hour session will help you to engage in effective conversations to build unity and solidarity among those you work with. Learn more at Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

► Talk about the importance of undoing racism in workplace

► Connect with other union members in Central and Eastern WA on topics related to:

  • Harassment at Work
  • History of racism as a tool to divide the working class
  • Building Solidarity across race and ethnicity

In addition to the WSLC, this workshop is sponsored by:

  • The Southeast WA Central Labor Council
  • The Yakima and South Central Counties Labor Council
  • PROTEC17
  • Washington Education Association — Southeast Council
  • Pacific Northwest Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (PNW LCLAA)
  • SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
  • SEIU 775
  • Public School Employees of Washington
  • UA Local 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters
  • OPEIU Local 8.


¿Cómo hablamos con miembros y compañeros de trabajo que piensan de manera diferente a nosotros (política, justicia racial y de género, membresía, etc.)? ¿Le gustaría ser un mejor líder en su lugar de trabajo y una voz para el cambio? Estos son problemas tan importantes, ¿qué podemos hacer realmente al respecto?Este taller participativo está diseñado para brindarle herramientas prácticas para construir la solidaridad sindical en su lugar de trabajo. Esta sesión de 2 horas lo ayudará a entablar conversaciones efectivas para construir unidad y solidaridad entre aquellos con quienes trabaja. Obtenga más información en the Divide se llevará a cabo el martes 9 de noviembre, de 5:30 pm a 7:30 pm, interpretación y subtítulos disponibles. Necesitará una computadora, tableta o teléfono inteligente con acceso a Internet para participar virtualmente.Objetivos de aprendizaje:Al finalizar este taller, los asistentes podrán:– Hablar sobre la importancia de deshacer el racismo en el lugar de trabajo.– Conectarse con otros miembros del sindicato en WA Central y Eastern WA sobre temas relacionados con:   – Acoso en el trabajo  – Historia del racismo como herramienta para dividir a la clase trabajadora  – Construyendo solidaridad entre razas y etniasEste taller está patrocinado por:

  • El Consejo Laboral del Estado de WA
  • El Consejo Laboral Central del Sureste de WA
  • El Consejo Laboral de los Condados de Yakima y South Central
  • PROTEC17
  • Asociación de Educación de Washington – Consejo del Sureste
  • Consejo Laboral para el Avance Latinoamericano (PNW LCLAA)
  • SEIU 1199NW
  • SEIU 775
  • Empleados de escuelas públicas de Washington
  • UA Local 598, Fontaneros y Steamfitters
  • Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Oficina y Profesionales, OPEIU Local 8


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