The Stand

SB 5417 protects workers from coercive anti-union meetings

OLYMPIA (Jan. 27, 2023) — It takes a lot of courage to fight for a better, more fair workplace by joining together with coworkers in a union. Unfortunately, too many workers are compelled to attend coercive captive audience meetings during an organizing campaign, in which companies threaten employees and tell them how they should vote. […]

Bill would spur development of housing near transit centers

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2023) — New legislation introduced in the Washington State Senate could create more opportunity for housing near transit centers, increasing the state’s supply of housing diversity while amplifying recent investments in public transportation. “We’ve made massive investments in public transportation in recent years, and this legislation would help to make sure that […]

Rally Jan. 26 at State Capitol to support fair taxes

$500 million in Washington’s education, childcare funding at risk in lawsuit challenging capital gains tax on super-rich   OLYMPIA — Invest in Washington Now, a movement of educators, working families and everyday Washingtonians advocating for progressive revenue solutions, is holding a rally to show support for the capital gains tax on the super-rich starting at […]

State government workforce fails to keep pace with growth

WFSE says raises needed to retain, attract public servants   The following is from the Washington News Service: OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2023) — Washington state workers face a bevy of challenges, but they hope to get a lifeline from lawmakers this legislative session. Along with lagging pay, the Washington Federation of State Employees said the […]

HB 1099 will ensure workers get prevailing wages they’ve earned

OLYMPIA (Jan. 13, 2023) — This year the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO are strongly supporting HB 1099. Sponsored by House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee Chair Rep. Liz Berry (D-Seattle), this bill would ensure that workers on public works projects receive the prevailing wage in […]

Study: Apprenticeship training connected to safer workplaces

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I): TUMWATER, Wash. (Jan. 13, 2023) — Apprenticeship programs result in safer workers. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). As apprenticeship programs continue to grow, they could reduce serious worker injuries and […]

WA healthcare workers renew fight for safe staffing standards

The following is from WA Safe + Healthy: SEATTLE (Jan. 6, 2023) — A coalition of healthcare workers relaunched the WA Safe + Healthy campaign on Thursday, heading back to Olympia to urge legislators to pass safe staffing standards to address the worsening hospital staffing crisis. (Zoom recording here.) The WA Safe + Healthy coalition was […]

WSLC announces 2023 agenda for state legislature

Washington’s union movement will seek ‘Better Jobs, Stronger Communities’   OLYMPIA (Jan. 5, 2023) — After three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the economy and exposed how tenuous economic security is for working families. Exposure to dangerous viral infections has led to burnout for frontline essential workers, particularly in health care and consumer services. […]

Higher wages, new rights for workers in 2023

TUMWATER, Wash. (Jan. 3, 2023) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) reports that significant changes arrived on Jan. 1 that impact workers around the state: the minimum wage and minimum salary for overtime-exempt employees are increasing; agricultural overtime eligibility is expanding; rideshare drivers are gaining access to minimum trip pay and […]

Register for WSLC’s 2023 legislative events

At the State Labor Council’s reception and conference Feb. 2-3 in Olympia, union members will learn about working families’ issues and meet with their legislators   OLYMPIA (Dec. 15, 2022) — After another successful effort in 2022 by Washington’s union movement to support the election of pro-worker candidates, it’s time to make sure working families […]

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