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Invest in Washington state’s public service workers

Urge Gov. Inslee to reward their dedicated service, sacrifice amid pandemic with 2022 raise   OLYMPIA (July 28, 2021) — Washington’s public employees continue persevering to get our state through the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve taken furloughs and made other short-term sacrifices during the initial budget crisis. Many who have public-facing jobs continue to take significant […]

L&I: Dairy workers eligible for overtime starting July 25

All other agricultural workers are eligible beginning Jan. 1, 2022   The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I): TUMWATER (July 19, 2021) — Dairy workers in Washington can earn overtime pay under a new state law that takes effect on July 25. All other agricultural workers will be eligible […]

New L&I rule aims to protect workers amid extreme 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 to provide increased protection for employees exposed to extreme heat, including those working in agriculture, construction and other outdoor industries. The emergency Outdoor Heat […]

2021 legislative session: Much accomplished, much to do

WSLC 2021 Legislative Report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (July 7, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2021 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. You can read […]

Washington lifts most COVID-19 restrictions

L&I offers updated workplace safety guidance for employers, workers   OLYMPIA (June 30, 2021) — Effective today, Gov. Jay Inslee has lifted most of the COVID-19 restrictions on individuals and businesses in place since March 2020 as the state begins to return to normal capacity and operations.   “Because folks listened to science and stayed […]

King Conservation District staff ratifies first union contract

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: RENTON (May 28, 2021) — From helping farmers to protect water quality to funding environmental justice projects in King County communities, King Conservation District (KCD) staff find creative approaches to conservation. That’s why they formed a union. “We wanted a bigger role […]

L&I offers trainings to protect workers from sexual harassment

TUMWATER (May 26, 2021) — In 2019, the Washington State Legislature approved the Isolated Worker Protection law (ESSB 5258) with strong support from SEIU 6 Property Services NW and UNITE HERE Local 8. The new law requires hotel, motel, retail, security guard and property services employers to provide panic buttons for certain isolated workers, implement […]

Inslee signs historic farmworker OT pay law

At Yakima union hall, governor signs multiple bills to protect frontline workers   YAKIMA (May 12, 2021) — Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed legislation at the UFCW 1439 union hall in Yakima that will make Washington the first state in the nation to bring the 40-hour work week and overtime pay to all agricultural […]

State takes bold action to bolster child care

‘This is the biggest investment from our state in early learning, ever.’   OLYMPIA (May 11, 2021) –When the 2021 legislative session began, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO joined SEIU Local 925 and other childcare advocates in calling for “a bold, audacious investments” to expand access, affordability, and boost the pay of childcare workers. […]

Lower premiums now available at Washington HealthPlanFinder

Biden’s American Rescue Act makes it easier to get covered, stay covered   The following is from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange: OLYMPIA (May 7, 2021) — Health coverage purchased on Washington Healthplanfinder became much more affordable on Thursday as the Washington Health Benefit Exchange rolled out new savings to help Washingtonians with the cost […]


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