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Washington appeals: Save the Postal Service

Labor leaders express confidence in USPS’ ability to handle election mail, but call on Senate to approve funding   (Aug. 26, 2020) — Hundreds of U.S. Postal Service supporters in Washington state — and thousands across the nation — rallied outside their local post offices on Tuesday to demand an end to deliberate efforts by […]

WA, OR members of Congress urge NLRB to halt local shakeup

Lawmakers decry lack of transparency, harm to region if agency reorganization occurs   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 21, 2020) — U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA, 7th), Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2nd), Kim Schrier (D-WA, 8th), Denny Heck (D-WA, 10th), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR, 1st) are urging the National Labor Relations Board to immediately reconsider […]

American Postal Workers Union: ‘This fight is far from over’

DeJoy says he’ll ‘suspend’ his USPS cuts, but APWU says Congress must do its job and save the public’s Postal Service   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2020) — Hours after multiple state Attorneys General — including Washington’s Bob Ferguson — announced plans to sue, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will “suspend” his […]

USPS sabotage is ‘a crisis for democracy’

Contact Congress TODAY and tell them approve emergency funding for the USPS   WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 17, 2020) — What was previously a clear attempt by the White House and Congressional Republicans to undermine the financial stability of the U.S. Postal Service — part of an ongoing effort to privatize it — has now become […]

Celebrate 100 years of women voting Tuesday with AFL-CIO’s Shuler

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Aug. 18, 1920, women gained the Constitutional right to vote after a century-long fight for equal representation. This year will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. With less than 80 days to the 2020 election, the urgency to mobilize […]

Labor celebrates selection of Kamala Harris

(Aug. 12, 2020) — Following are statements from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown, and WSLC Secretary Treasurer April Sims on Joe Biden naming Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate: Richard Trumka: “Kamala Harris has spent her career tackling some of the most critical issues facing working families. […]

Thousands will fast Tuesday, call on Senate to take #FastAction

Millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families, keep a roof over their head, afford healthcare costs or other everyday essentials needed to survive the unprecedented economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Almost three months after the House passed the HEROES Act—and despite the last supplemental $600 unemployment checks going out July 25—Senate Majority […]

AFSCME: Tell senators to stop delaying, save public services

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act three months ago that would, among other things, provide $1 trillion to state and local governments struggling to maintain essential health, education and other public services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans have blocked a vote on […]

Cantwell urges action on COVID relief bill

At WSLC virtual town hall, senator backs key elements of HEROES Act   WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2020) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Thursday reiterated her strong support for the key features of the HEROES Act, legislation to provide economic and healthcare relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and called for an extension of […]

Join AFGE in urging Congress to fund USCIS, avoid furloughs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2020) — Next Monday, Aug. 3, furloughs were set to begin for more than 13,400 employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, won a temporary reprieve and got the furloughs postponed until Aug. 31. But now, AFGE is calling on all union […]

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