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WSLC’s Kairie Pierce appointed Chair of Kids’ Chance

Non-profit organization supports working families impacted by serious work-related accidents or exposures


OLYMPIA (April 4, 2022) — On April 28 each year, the labor movement marks Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating working people who have lost their lives on the job and to rededicating ourselves to fighting for workplace safety and critical support for working families.

Workers’ Memorial Day is a somber occasion for a reason. Losing loved ones is devastating; for working families, that pain is often compounded by economic hardship. Entire families must adjust to the many impacts and changes caused by serious or fatal workplace accidents.

Kids’ Chance exists to support these families. Founded in 2001 through the collaborative efforts of leaders in labor, business and government, Kids’ Chance of Washington helps with the additional challenge of funding the education and career goals of the family members.

Kairie Pierce, Lead Workforce Development Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, has served on the Kids’ Chance board since 2021. She has now been appointed Chair of the organization and her term began April 1.

“Kids’ Chance is a continuation of the work unions do every day fighting for working people,” Pierce said. “I’m honored to be selected to Chair the board of an organization that directly serves the needs of working families who have faced loss.”

Kids’ Chance is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides needs-based scholarships to the children and spouses affected by serious work-related injuries or conditions. Scholarships are funded through donations from business and labor organizations throughout the state, as well as individuals, employers, attorneys, and other groups affiliated with the workers’ compensation system in Washington.

As we prepare to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Kids’ Chance. Donations can be made online. 

Labor organizations statewide are planning events to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day. Check out The Calendar at The Stand in the coming days for more information about these events.


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