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Celebrate Juneteenth at these labor events

SEATTLE (June 14, 2022) — Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by Black Americans since the late 1800s. But this year for the first time, the holiday — which fall on Sunday, June 19 — is both a federal and Washington […]

Shuler, Redmond elected to lead AFL-CIO

2022 Convention chooses first woman, first African American to lead nation’s largest union federation   The following is from the AFL-CIO: PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2022) — The AFL-CIO Convention delegates on Sunday elected Liz Shuler to serve as president of the federation of 57 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to […]

Help is available to find quality child care

Webinar and brochure help Washington workers, particularly those in the trades, navigate the childcare system    TUMWATER, Wash. (April 8, 2022) — Finding reliable, affordable child care is a significant challenge for all workers, but particularly those in the building, construction and manufacturing trades who can have frequent schedule changes and overtime work with little […]

UFW: Washington’s new heat protections are ‘strong’

TUMWATER, Wash. (June 6, 2022) — From June 15 through the end of September, employers in Washington will be required to monitor temperature and air quality, take additional steps to protect workers from heat and smoke hazards, and provide training and information, among other things. On June 1, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) […]

WSLC Legislative Report: A short, sometimes sweet session

Wash. State Labor Council report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (May 13, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2022 Legislative Report summarizing this year’s session of the State Legislature, describing how bills on working family issues fared, and scoring all legislators on how they voted. You can […]

Nurses: All deserve reproductive health care

Washington State and Oregon Nurses Associations ‘unequivocally opposed’ to criminalization of abortion   SEATTLE (May 12, 2022) — The following joint statement was released Wednesday by the Washington State Nurses Association and the Oregon Nurses Association: The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) stand firm in our resolve that all people […]

NALC’s food drive will be Saturday, May 14

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14. NALC’s food drive, which was first held in 1983, helps feed millions of Americans. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in […]

We must join together to demand safer jobs

Workers’ Memorial Day events planned throughout Washington   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2022) — Last year, 5,333 workers were killed on the job and another 95,000 died from occupational diseases. That means that, on average, 275 workers in this country lose their lives every day from hazardous working conditions. Employers reported 3.5 million work-related deaths, […]

Join WSLC for Regional Jobs & Economic Forums April 26-27

OLYMPIA (April 6, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Workforce Development Department invites labor leaders and rank-and-file members, workforce and economic development professionals, policymakers, community groups, and the interested public to upcoming virtual WSLC Regional Jobs & Economic Outlook Forums. These will be data-heavy forums about jobs, industries and economic trends by regions […]

More than ever, Americans need the PRO Act

Walsh, Murray, Jayapal agree: Restoring union rights is a key part of economic recovery   SEATTLE (March 28, 2022) — U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, joined by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash., 7th), met with union workers and leaders Friday and renewed the call to pass the Protecting the Right to […]

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