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Support farm workers’ overtime, retro rights

Amended SB 5172 would protect farm workers’ interests and create certainty for employers. Urge your senator to support it!   OLYMPIA (Feb 23, 2021) — The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last year that dairy farm workers cannot be exempted from the state’s overtime laws, but did not say whether the decision would be extended […]

UFCW 21 decries Kroger/QFC’s ‘greed, bullying’ in Seattle

As profits soar, company plans to close two Seattle QFC stores in retaliation for city’s hazard pay law   SEATTLE (Feb. 17, 2021) — The Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., which operates grocery stores in Washington state under the names of QFC and Fred Meyer, announced Tuesday that it was closing two “underperforming” Seattle QFC grocery stores […]

Washington Democrats step up for workers on PRO Act

Both senators, 7 representatives sponsor bill to build back better with unions   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 11, 2021) — “If you stand on the side of workers,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said recently, “you won’t just vote for the PRO Act — you’ll sponsor it, you’ll whip for it, and you won’t rest until it’s […]

WSLC applauds introduction of PRO Act in Congress

SEATTLE (Feb. 4, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization representing more than 600 union locals and some 500,000 rank-and-file members — today celebrated the reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation is a generational opportunity to […]

WSLC’s virtual Legislative Conference Feb. 4

OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2021) — Amid this year’s remote session of the State Legislature, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will conduct its 2021 Legislative Lobbying Conference — also remotely — on Thursday, Feb. 4. As always, participating union leaders, staff and rank-and-file members will have the opportunity to engage with their legislators, only this […]

WA State Labor Council seeks experienced Accounting Manager

UPDATE — The application deadline for this position has been extended. SEATTLE (Jan. 6, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO is seeking an experienced Accounting Manager. The Accounting Manager will report to the Secretary Treasurer and the President. This position works closely with Accounts Payable/Receivable support staff. Widely considered to be the […]

NDAA will let federal workers carry over leave amid pandemic

Kilmer, Murray successfully pushed to include provision in defense funding bill   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 8, 2020) — Legislation championed by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA, 6th) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that allows all federal workers to carry over the leave they have accrued when a national pandemic prevents them from taking time off of […]

Tell Whatcom County Council: Reject open bargaining proposal

The following is from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO: BELLINGHAM (Oct. 9, 2020) — On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Whatcom County Council (pictured above) will consider a proposal to make all collective bargaining sessions between the county and its employee unions open to the public. The resolution is modeled after one in Lincoln […]

Uber, Lyft drivers celebrate Fair Pay passage

Drivers in Seattle win the highest legislated wage floor in the nation   The following is from the Drivers Union/IBT 117: SEATTLE (Sept. 30, 2020) — Uber and Lyft drivers with the Drivers Union celebrated Tuesday’s passage of a Fair Pay standard by a unanimous 9-0 vote by the Seattle City Council, further cementing Seattle’s […]

Our census is our power. It’s not too late to BE COUNTED!

Make sure that you—and your friends and family in Washington state—participate!   (Sept. 16, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is teaming up with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and We Count Washington campaign partners across the state for a Day of Action to ensure everyone who calls Washington state home is counted […]

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