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Celebrate a safe, ethical Independence Day

The following is from Labor 411: 2020 will be the year that we celebrate America’s birthday in an especially challenging environment. Between a global pandemic, massive unemployment, and civil unrest spurred by the murder of George Floyd and nationwide systemic racism, many of us may not feel like celebrating. We understand that. But for those […]

Masks required statewide in public starting June 26

‘We know we can protect each other,’ says UFCW 21’s Faye Guenther   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (June 24, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman have announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26. The order comes after […]

MLK Labor delegates vote to expel Seattle police union

SEATTLE (June 18, 2020) — Delegates for the unions that comprise MLK Labor, the AFL-CIO central labor council for King County, voted Wednesday night to expel the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) from the council. “As a union movement, it’s our responsibility to fight for all forms of justice,” said MLK Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole […]

‘We need you to fight for us to breathe’

Organized labor is a direct threat to white supremacy. We need to put that threat into action.   By APRIL SIMS (June 4, 2020) — Say their names: Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Manuel Ellis. Some days it’s hard to breathe. Here’s my truth: I’m a Black mother raising Black […]

‘WSLC is always proud to stand on the side of justice and equality’

SEATTLE (May 31, 2020) — The following statement was issued Friday by WSLC President Larry Brown and Secretary Treasurer April Sims: The Washington State Labor Council is proud of the work we’ve done towards becoming an anti-racist organization; we’re committed to continuing to do this needed work. We raise our voices in solidarity with our […]

Striking Yakima workers’ caravan heading to Olympia on May 26

Fruit warehouse strikers will deliver labor complaints, demand state intervention   OLYMPIA (May 26, 2020) — For three weeks, brave workers at multiple fruit-packing warehouses in the Yakima Valley have been on strike for improved workplace safety amid the coronavirus outbreak, greater transparency over COVID-19 cases at their facilities, hazard pay, and freedom from retaliation […]

How you can support strikers at Yakima Valley fruit warehouses

Make a donation to the strike funds, call the fruit-packing companies, share news about these #EssentialWorkers   YAKIMA (May 20, 2020) — Two weeks ago on May 7, more than 50 workers at the Allan Brothers fruit warehouse in Naches went on strike over inadequate safety precautions on the job, lack of hazard pay and […]

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report: Some wins, then COVID

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (May 12, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2020 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. Download the full […]

WSLC’s virtual COPE Convention is May 16

Affiliated unions should register now for online political endorsement convention   As the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO navigates the uncertainty and tumult caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the council is committed to continuing to serve the needs of its affiliated unions, including moving forward with its COPE Endorsing Convention on Saturday, May 16, starting […]

Tell Congress to support our Postal Service!

The USPS needs a cash infusion amid COVID-19 crisis. But Trump is blocking it.   WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2020) — Postal workers are keeping our country moving and U.S. economy working during the coronavirus pandemic — getting prescriptions delivered to people who are sheltering in place, making e-commerce possible, and keeping families connected. It […]



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