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Labor leaders: Pump the brakes on relaxing trucker safety rules

OLYMPIA (April 1, 2020) — Unions representing truckers and other supply chain workers are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to reject industry efforts to relax safety standards amid the coronovirus outbreak, calling it a “sweeping attempt at deregulation” that endangers workers, the public, and the environment. In a March 31 letter to the governor, Teamsters Joint […]

Murray, Inslee on COVID-19: ‘Now is not the time to retreat’

We must maintain strong social distancing, or we waste our progress and put lives at risk, leaders say   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Thursday said a new report forecasting the current trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state and across the country is more evidence that […]

Who can get unemployment benefits, how to apply

The following is expanded from COVID-19 Resources for Washington Workers of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: OLYMPIA (March 25, 2020) — Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, if you have been laid off or had your hours reduced in Washington state, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, which is partial wage replacement from the state. […]

State Democratic leaders seek benefits for laid-off contractors

OLYMPIA (March 25, 2020) — The Senate and House Democratic caucuses have requested that the federal government unlock Disaster Unemployment Assistance for thousands of independent contractors in Washington who are losing work during the coronavirus pandemic. “The American workplace has changed and thousands of workers who are independent contractors — from hairdressers to high tech […]

Inslee closes bars, restaurants amid growing COVID-19 crisis

UPDATE (March 17, 2020) — See Monday’s news release from the governor’s office detailing the emergency proclamation on shutting down restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities. OLYMPIA (March 16, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee released the following statement Sunday night that further expands protections against COVID-19: Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state […]

Inslee limits large events, urges social distancing to slow virus

The following is from the Office of Governor Jay Inslee: SEATTLE (March 11, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee announced new community strategies and social distancing plans Wednesday at a news conference in Seattle to minimize COVID-19 exposure, particularly in counties hit hardest by the virus. Starting today, events that take place in King, Snohomish, and […]

COVID-19: State announces new support for workers

OLYMPIA (March 10, 2020) — The following news releases were issued today by the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:   Inslee announces support for workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19   Gov. Jay Inslee announced the expansion of state policies today to support workers and businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. The governor and Suzi LeVine, […]

Where pro-worker legislation stands at the State Capitol

Minimum train crew sizes, other pro-worker bills approved before cutoff   UPDATE (March 9, 2020) — Friday was the cutoff for bills to pass both houses of the Washington State Legislature. Among the bills that beat the deadline and passed Friday were long-sought legislation to establish minimum train crew sizes and important legislation on housing […]

WSLC, organized labor seeks passage of racial equity bills

UPDATE (March 9, 2020) — All five of the bills listed below have now passed both houses of the Washington State Legislature and are headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for signature. Congratulations and thank you to all of the bill’s sponsors and to the people who called their legislators to urge support for these […]

‘Snapback’ tax incentives for Boeing need accountability

Tell state legislators: Boeing should commit to Washington before our state commits millions more in tax incentives    OLYMPIA (March 2, 2020) — At the Boeing Company’s request, the State Legislature is poised to end Washington’s aerospace manufacturer tax incentives in order to resolve a World Trade Organization dispute and avoid retaliatory trade tariffs from […]

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