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WSLC helps laid-off McClatchy workers nationwide get benefits

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2022) — The Bellingham Herald, a newspaper that’s part of the McClatchy publishing company, laid off three workers from its Financial Business Department last summer and relocated that work to India. One of those workers called the Washington State Employment Security Department to find out what assistance was available, and after describing […]

Path to Power candidate training will be March 23-25

Apply now for training via Zoom; space is limited   (Jan. 18, 2022) — Are you a union member thinking about running for the city council, school board, or some other elected public office? The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO in partnership with our affiliated unions will host Path to Power: A Political Candidate Training […]

“It really is that bad” | Voting rights blocked | Kroger knew | Be My Baby

Friday, January 14, 2022   COVID   ► From KUOW — Inslee deploying 100 National Guard to help hospitals, orders pause on non-emergency procedures — Following the lead of Oregon and other states, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will deploy 100 members of the National Guard to assist hospitals struggling to respond […]

No one is disposable

During and after COVID, our lives have fundamental value   By SARAH TUCKER (Jan. 14, 2022) — Amidst a surge in COVID infections, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky shared findings from a new study on COVID deaths on Monday. In her words, “The overwhelming number of deaths [of vaccinated individuals in this study], over 75 percent, […]

Lifelong union activist, historian Ross Rieder passes away at 81

GRAHAM, Wash. (Jan. 14, 2022) — Ross K. Rieder, 81, passed away Dec. 14 after an extended illness. A former public school teacher and a lifelong educator, Rieder was a union activist with the American Federation of Teachers, a former Washington State Labor Council staffer, and founding President of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association. […]

Hospitals under siege | The Republic of Gates | Murray, Cantwell step up

Thursday, January 13, 2022   COVID   ► LIVE from the Seattle Times — Coronavirus daily news update, Jan. 13 — The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 1,009,187 infections (14-day average of cases per day: 11,929) and 10,103 deaths. ► From the Seattle Times — Washington logs 1M coronavirus cases — The number […]

Apprenticeship bills will boost opportunities

Hearings today on state legislation from Sens. Keiser, Randall to build upon proven successful ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach   OLYMPIA (Jan. 13, 2022) — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills scheduled for […]

Survey: 78% of Kroger workers are food insecure

Multi-state survey of 36,000, including Fred Meyers and QFC working in Washington, finds 14% were homeless in the past year   LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2022) — The Economic Roundtable this week released an independent research report, Hungry at the Table, analyzing the working and living conditions of over 36,000 Kroger workers in four states, […]

Multiple virtual events to celebrate MLK Day

With the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations caused by the Omicron variant, many but not all events and activities honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend and during MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 17 will be held virtually. Here are some MLK Day events that may be of interest to union members […]

Omicron takes hold | Prison safety concerns | Strike at Kroger’s King Soopers

Wednesday, January 12, 2022   COVID   ► From the Washington Post — Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody,’ Fauci says — The Omicron coronavirus variant will infect “just about everybody” regardless of vaccination status, top U.S. infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said Tuesday. But those who have been vaccinated will “very likely, with some […]

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