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WA Fairness to voters: Approve I-1000 / R88

SEATTLE (Sept. 13, 2019) — The WA Fairness campaign, representing a broad coalition of hundreds of community organizations, unions and businesses in support of Initiative 1000/Referendum 88, formally launched its efforts at a press conference Thursday. The group urged Washington voters to “look for Referendum 88 and approve I-1000” on November’s ballot. Multiple speakers explained […]

Legislators support restoring overtime pay

OLYMPIA (Sept. 11, 2019) — Led by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent) and Rep. Mike Sells (D-Everett), the chairs of the labor committees in the Washington State Senate and House, 48 state legislators co-signed and sent a letter last month to the state Department of Labor and Industries in strong support of L&I’s proposal to restore […]

‘Union Effect’ in Washington: Higher wages, better benefits

SEATTLE (Aug. 29, 2019) — As Labor Day weekend approaches, the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center has release a “first of its kind” report detailing the economic impact of unions on Washington workers. The Union Effect: Raising Standards for Workers Across Washington released today presents clear evidence on how unions raise workers’ wages […]

WA leads 13 states in opposing DOL rule on apprenticeships

The following is from the Office of the Attorney General:  OLYMPIA (Aug. 28, 2019) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that Washington is leading a coalition of 13 attorneys general in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor concerning a proposed rule that fails to protect individuals entering apprenticeship programs. The attorneys general assert […]

Support restoring overtime in Washington

Submit comments in support of L&I’s proposed OT rule; deadline extended to Sept. 20   UPDATE — The Department of Labor and Industries announced Tuesday that it has extended the public comment deadline to Friday, Sept. 20. Story updated. TUMWATER (Sept. 3, 2019) — Time is running out to secure overtime protections for hundreds of […]

Approve R-88 – Opportunities For All coalition backs I-1000

Labor-business-community alliance vows to bring Washingtonians together in support of Ref. 88/I-1000,  fairness, inclusion   The following is from Approve R-88 — Opportunities For All: (Aug. 9, 2019) — With Wednesday’s announcement from the Secretary of State that Referendum 88 has been certified to appear on November’s general election ballot, Approve R-88 — Opportunities For […]

Job openings at WA State Labor Education and Research Center

The following is from the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center: SEATTLE (Aug. 7, 2019) — Thanks to strong support from our community, the Washington State Legislature has provided ongoing support through the coming biennium for an expanded Washington State Labor Education and Research Center. This funding will allow the Labor Center provide more […]

Super-majority of voters support state’s plan to restore overtime

(Aug. 2, 2019) — As public hearings are set to continue on the state Department of Labor and Industries’ proposal to restore overtime pay protections, newly-released polling shows that a super-majority of the state’s voters support the plan. According to the poll, conducted by Patinkin Research Strategies, 67 percent of likely 2020 voters support the […]

Approve 88 coalition will defend I-1000, opportunity for all

The following is from the Approve 88 coalition: OLYMPIA (July 25, 2019) — On Wednesday, in response to the submission of signatures by a group seeking to overturn Initiative 1000 — the Legislature-approved Washington State Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Act — supporters of I-1000 announced the formation of the Approve 88 coalition, which will bring […]

Union members: Fill out, return primary ballots—postage free!

(Aug. 5, 2019) — The deadline to mail or drop off your primary election ballots is 8 p.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, Aug. 6). Ballot return rates are low, so lets get those ballots in and support candidates who support working people! (July 22, 2019) — Voters across Washington state should have received their primary election ballots […]

WASHINGTON IS A UNION STATE!

Union membership is on the rise here in Washington state. CLICK HERE to find out why, and how YOU can get started forming a Union at your workplace!

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