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Sign petition to avoid drastic budget cuts

Urge state lawmakers to keep money flowing to support critical services, jobs   OLYMPIA (Oct. 13, 2020) — This week, Washington voters will receive their ballots to decide not only who should be president, but also who should govern and legislate in Washington state as it struggles with the public health and economic effects of […]

Join effort to improve dental access in WA

Dental care is out of reach for too many, especially communities of color   OLYMPIA (Sept. 18, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO invites all union and allied community organizations, and their rank-and-file members, to join the Washington Dental Access Campaign urging the State Legislature to stand with communities and respond to the […]

Amid outbreaks, state updates hospitals’ COVID-19 requirements

TUMWATER (Sept. 18, 2020) — Following recent COVID-19 outbreaks at St. Michael (formerly Harrison) Medical Center in Bremerton and St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, the following was distributed Thursday by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I): Concern over COVID-19 cases in hospital workers has prompted the Washington State Departments of Labor […]

Sign petition opposing reckless state cuts

Urge lawmakers to find revenue and ask the wealthy to contribute. We must keep money flowing to support critical services and jobs, not harm families and prolong the COVID-19 recession.   OLYMPIA (Sept. 10, 2020) — People across Washington state are hurting. From serious illness to job loss to wildfires, times are tough for everyone. […]

900,000-plus have hazardous, precarious jobs

Washington study finds high-hazard, low-reward jobs mostly held by women   The following is from the Washington Labor Education and Research Center: SEATTLE (Sept. 8, 2020) — Public attention this year has been focused on Washington’s “essential” workers. This research project began by developing a new research model to study both the economic status and […]

Washington’s #1 for workers amid pandemic

Oxfam rankings find that Washington is (still) the best state for workers   OLYMPIA (Sept. 4, 2020) — Happy Labor Day, Washington! You are officially the best state in the country for workers during the pandemic. New rankings released Wednesday by Oxfam America compare the wages, workplace protections and workers’ rights in all 50 states, […]

Limited-time enrollment period open for WA Healthplanfinder

OLYMPIA (Aug. 19, 2020) — As part of its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange on Monday opened a time-limited, extended enrollment opportunity for customers who have lost health coverage during the public health emergency. Typically, customers losing coverage mid-year have 60 days before and after their coverage end date to sign […]

Undocumented communities will get COVID-19 relief funding

In hard-fought victory for undocumented immigrants, Washington becomes 2nd state to offer state-funded assistance amid pandemic   Para leer en español, haga clic aquí. SEATTLE (Aug. 10, 2020) — As Congress continues to exclude undocumented communities and mixed-status families from federal COVID-19 relief, Washington state is stepping up for immigrants and ensuring no one is […]

State’s trade-related job losses on the rise

Washington is among the hardest hit states for trade-related job losses in recent years   The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: SEATTLE (Aug. 10, 2020) — Washington’s trade-related job loss has increased over the last three years, according to a new analysis of U.S. Labor Department data conducted by the Washington Fair Trade […]

WEA demands safety first in any plans to return to school this fall

FEDERAL WAY (July 24, 2020) — The following is from the Washington Education Association (WEA): As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to grow across Washington, we are sadly faced with a choice between two bad options – either return to schools and put our educators, students, and community at risk or return to […]

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