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Unions post big gains in Washington state

With 72,000 more members, state now ranks 3rd in union membership   SEATTLE (Jan. 20, 2022) — More and more people in Washington state are seeing the value of joining together in unions. The state’s union membership rate increased to 19 percent of the total workforce in 2021, up from 17.4 percent in 2020, according […]

WSLC Legislative Conference will be Jan. 28

Sign up now for briefings on pro-worker issues, opportunity to weigh in with your legislators   OLYMPIA (Jan. 11, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO invites all leaders, staffers and rank-and-file members of its affiliated unions to register for the 2022 WSLC Legislative Conference to be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, Jan. […]

Wash. State Labor Council sets 2022 legislative agenda

In session that begins today, Legislature urged to focus on policies that benefit workers, improve lives   UPDATED (Jan. 24, 2022) — With more details, including printable one-pagers on priority issues. OLYMPIA (Jan. 10, 2022) — The Washington State Legislature begins its 2022 session today at the State Capitol with another hybrid session of mostly […]

Meet Nickeia Hunter, WSLC’s Legislative Intern for 2022

OLYMPIA (Jan. 5, 2022) — Meet Nickeia Hunter, the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Intern for the 2022 session that begins on Monday, Jan. 10. She will help develop and coordinate the council’s legislative advocacy for Washington working families while helping to build relationships with affiliated unions, legislators and coalition partners. Hunter is an 11-year […]

Forterra NW staff lands union with OPEIU 8

SEATTLE (Dec. 9, 2021) — The staff at Forterra NW voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 8. The group of 29 project managers, philanthropy staff, lands managers, and staff accountants in the Seattle area are dedicated to supporting Forterra’s mission of driving “land-based solutions in Washington […]

WSLC seeking Admin Assistant for workforce, legislative staff

OLYMPIA (Dec. 8, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO is seeking applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant for the Workforce and Legislative departments. The WSLC is the largest labor federation in the state, representing more than 600 local unions and some 400,000 union workers and serving as the political, legislative and […]

Gary Merlino drivers’ ULP strike continues

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: UPDATE (Nov. 29, 2021) — The Unfair Labor Practice strike by 34 construction drivers at Gary Merlino Construction continues, with pickets ongoing at GMC and Stoneway facilities in Renton and Seattle. In addition, striking workers have begun taking their show on the road, setting up pickets outside several […]

WSLC offers resource for immigrant workers

Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit available for union, worker advocates to create just and fair future for immigrants   SEATTLE (Nov. 10, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO officially launched its new Immigrant and Worker Justice Toolkit on Tuesday.  This toolkit — ver la versión en Español aquí — was designed by the […]

Fill out, return your general election ballot

Check out the local labor endorsements for the 2021 general election   (Oct. 19, 2021) — General election ballots for the 2021 election have been mailed out and union voters are being urged to fill them out and return them right away. Voter turnout in odd-numbered year elections is often light so union voters can […]

A bipartisan call for Biden to end challenge of Hanford law

OLYMPIA (Oct. 7, 2021) — A large bipartisan, bicameral group of Washington state legislators has signed a strong letter of protest urging the Biden administration to withdraw its challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site. The 2018 law grants presumptive workers’ compensation coverage for sick workers […]

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