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State minimum wage will increase to $16.28/hour in 2024

Inflationary adjustment will keep its value from eroding, as voters intended   TUMWATER, Wash. (Oct. 2, 2023) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced Friday that the state’s minimum wage will be increase 3.4 percent to $16.28 an hour in 2024. This inflationary adjustment will help Washington’s working families earning the […]

L&I proposes 4.9% rate increase for workers’ comp in 2024

TUMWATER, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2023) — The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced Tuesday that it is proposing a 4.9 percent increase in the average hourly rate employers and workers will pay for workers’ compensation insurance next year. If adopted, the increase would mean employers and workers on average would jointly pay […]

L&I interpreters finally win union with WFSE

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (Sept. 18, 2023) — After years of organizing, passage of new legislation, and a bizarre disinformation campaign by a billionaire-funded, anti-worker think tank, spoken language interpreters who take appointments from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) have won. They […]

Citing DOC mistakes, Teamsters sue to halt Larch closure

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Sept. 18, 2023) — Teamsters Local 117, the union that represents 6,000 state correctional employees, is seeking a court injunction that would provide relief for workers related to the mishandling of the Department of Correction’s planned closure of the Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, WA. The […]

Protecting public employee privacy, safety

State Supreme Court cites new law shielding public workers in anti-union group’s sweeping records request   OLYMPIA (Aug. 29, 2023) — Employees who dedicate their lives to serving the public have the right to safety and privacy. They have the right to be protected from stalking, sexual harassment, and further abuse from perpetrators of domestic […]

Clark County legislators: Keep Larch Correctional Center open

VANCOUVER, Wash. (Aug. 17, 2023) — Lawmakers representing Clark County districts in the Washington State Legislature have joined organized labor, multiple local governments, and community leaders in urging Gov. Jay Inslee and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to keep the Larch Correctional Center from closure. The facility serves the Southwest Washington region providing middle-class, family […]

Unions launch Climate Jobs Washington

Labor-led coalition releases comprehensive report from Cornell University with policy recommendations to advance equitable, pro-worker climate action in Washington   The following is from Climate Jobs Washington: (July 31, 2023) — Today, unions across Washington launched Climate Jobs Washington, a new coalition of labor unions coming together to address both climate change and racial and […]

State employees planting seeds for growth of WFSE union

OLYMPIA (July 31, 2023) — The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28 is celebrating the unions’ new contracts that went into effect on July 1, and planting seeds for future growth of union. Literally. This week, WFSE members have begun receiving special postcards that are filled with wildflower seeds. The instructions: “You can […]

Register for Governor’s safety event Sept. 27-28 in Spokane

SPOKANE (July 31, 2023) — Registration is now open for the 72nd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference to be held at the Spokane Convention Center on Sept. 27-28. Discounted early registration is available from now until Aug. 31. This conference offers training and education, providing the latest tools, technologies and strategies for workplace […]

Urge state Dept. of Corrections to keep Larch facility open

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: VANCOUVER, Wash. (July 14, 2023) — The Department of Corrections is making a serious mistake. The DOC wants to close the Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, a model facility with nationally-recognized educational programs for the incarcerated population as they prepare for the challenging transition to reenter our communities. […]

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