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Hospitals on brink of unprecedented crisis

Preexisting staff shortages have reached critical levels; nurses, healthcare workers and patients need immediate action from hospitals in Washington state   The following is from the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21: (Sept. 14, 2021) — The reality cannot be overstated: Washington hospi­tals are on the brink of a crisis, and […]

WSLC vaccine info website for union members

The following is from the Public News Service: SEATTLE (Aug. 30, 2021) — Accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be elusive, prompting the Washington State Labor Council to set up a website to answer people’s questions. David Groves, communications director for the council, said there has been some hesitancy among union members, though not […]

Don’t mess with COVID-19, get vaccinated

I just got COVID and I can’t stress enough: Get your shots, mask up and stay safe   By LARRY BROWN (Aug. 23, 2021) — As President of the Washington State Labor Council, I have made it a general rule to segregate my personal life from my duties as a labor leader. Today, I feel […]

WSLC hosting naturalization clinic Aug. 28

Union members and family seeking citizenship must schedule an appointment for event in Sunnyside, via Zoom   YAKIMA — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will host a naturalization clinic for union members and immediate family who are legal permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to […]

WSLC organiza una clínica de ciudadanía el 28 de agosto

Miembros de sindicatos y familiares que buscan la ciudadanía deben programar una cita para el evento en Sunnyside o por Zoom   El Concilio Laboral del Estado de Washington (WSLC) tendrá una clínica de ciudadanía para miembros de sindicatos y familiares inmediatos que son residentes permanentes legales elegibles para solicitar la ciudadanía estadounidense. La clínica […]

WSLC outlines position on vaccine mandates

As labor continues to support vaccination, WSLC says workers must have a voice in employers’ vaccine policies   UPDATED (Aug. 10) with statements from WFSE, Teamsters Local 117, WSNA, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW 21 regarding the vaccine mandate for health care workers and Washington state employees announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. (Aug. […]

L&I: Employers must protect workers from heat

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (July 13, 2021) — The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) filed an emergency rule Friday, July 9 to provide increased protection for employees exposed to extreme heat, including those working in agriculture, construction and other outdoor industries. The emergency […]

We’ve been warned: We must act now on climate

Pacific Northwest’s extreme heat is another sign that climate crisis requires immediate action   By SARAH TUCKER (July 6, 2021) — It was over 100 degrees when the power in my Seattle neighborhood cut at 9:30 p.m. last week. Let’s go to the lake, I told my partner, maybe there’ll be some breeze. We crossed […]

‘Free trade’ died this week – with a whimper

New ITC assessment of 40 years of trade deals: They didn’t help much. Our assessment: Their economic and political consequences are incalculable.     By DAVID GROVES (July 1, 2021) — NAFTA. CAFTA. WTO. FTAA. TPP. If you are a labor or environmental activist, those acronyms conjure up decades of pitched battles with lawmakers of […]

Ask Congress to support heat stress standard

The following is from the United Farm Workers: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2021) — As summer heat bears down on us, the United Farm Workers asks you to email your senators in support of the bills introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Representatives. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Raul Grijalva […]


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