The Stand

Let’s promote worker-centered job training

Sign up now to attend WSLC workforce development conference Oct. 2-3   SEATTLE — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will host the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Labor Leader Workforce Development Conference on Oct. 2-3 at the South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave. South in Seattle. Registration is now open. “This conference is for […]

Childcare affordability is a WSLC priority

Access expanded for apprentices, but more needs to be done. Let legislators hear your stories about struggling to afford or find child care.   OLYMPIA (Aug. 23, 2023) — Working parents are all affected by the costs and availability of child care. Plus, different families have unique times and locations that they need care for […]

Mushroom workers to rally Aug. 31 in Seattle

Join Windmill Farms workers, UFW’s Teresa Romero for mile-long ‘living billboard’ and solidarity rally   SEATTLE — More than 100 farm workers will be forming a mile-long “living billboard” along Seattle’s Mercer Street on Thursday, Aug. 31, holding signs that expose the deplorable working conditions at Sunnyside’s Windmill (formerly Ostrom) Mushroom Farms that have driven […]

Fill out, return your primary election ballot

Check out local labor endorsements for the 2023 primary election   UPDATE (July 31, 2023) — Tuesday, Aug. 1 is the deadline to mail or drop off your primary election ballots throughout Washington state. Make sure you vote in this primary election!   (July 14, 2023) — Primary election ballots for the 2023 election are […]

Join APALA’s convention on Aug. 3-6 in Seattle

All workers are invited to attend event to ‘reimagine and rejuvenate’ movement   SEATTLE (June 23, 2023) — The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, Seattle chapter, invites all to join APALA’s 17th biennial convention. For the first time, the event will be hosted in Seattle, at the Westin Hotel from Thursday, Aug. 3 […]

WSLC’s 2023 Convention will be July 18-20 in SeaTac

SEATTLE (June 16, 2023) — Hundreds of delegates representing unions from across the state will meet in SeaTac on July 18-20 for the 2023 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The state’s largest union organization, representing some 600 unions and more than half a million members, will hold its annual convention at the […]

The ad Starbucks doesn’t want you to see

By MIKE ANDREW Pride at Work SEATTLE (June 12, 2023) — June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and this year’s Pride Parade will be Sunday, June 25. Every year, Seattle Pride publishes a Pride Guide filled with Pride activities and ads by local organizations and businesses celebrating the diversity and strength of the LGBTQ community. But […]

UW Researchers, Postdocs set strike date of June 7

Hundreds will walk off job unless contract agreement is reached   The following is from UAW 4121: SEATTLE (May 26, 2023) — On Thursday, hundreds of Postdocs and Research Scientists/Engineers (RSEs) at the University of Washington turned out for a mass action, the latest escalation in their contract campaigns. Each bargaining unit made the democratic […]

Mushroom workers get $3.4M for violations

AG Bob Ferguson’s announcement comes as Ostrom (now Windmill Farms) workers continue to demand recognition of their union with UFW   SEATTLE (May 18, 2023) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday that Ostrom Mushroom Farms, a former mushroom producer based in Sunnyside, Wash., would pay former workers $3.4 million to resolve the […]

Tacoma Art Museum board opts for more union-busting

WSLC vows continued solidarity with TAM Workers United: ‘We have defeated these tactics before, and we will defeat them again’   TACOMA (May 16, 2023) — It’s been seven months since the workers at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) announced that they have formed a wall-to-wall union (TAM Workers United), as part of AFSCME Council 28. […]

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