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Protect public employee privacy, safety by passing HB 1888

Update state’s Public Records Act to exempt birth dates from disclosure   The following is from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: House Bill 1888 would protect the safety and privacy of public employees and their families. Sponsored by Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-Tukwila), HB 1888 exempts government employees’ birth dates from public disclosure. Washington’s Public […]

Support legislation to improve cannabis workers’ jobs, safety

Important hearing Thursday in Olympia; be there and/or contact  legislators   OLYMPIA (Jan. 22, 2020) — For years, Washington workers have fought for safe workplaces, good jobs and the right to join together to negotiate a fair return on their work. Now, workers in the state’s newly emerging cannabis industry are joining that fight as they […]

Urge legislators to resist efforts to weaken new overtime pay rules

OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2020) — Last year, grassroots action by union members and community supporters helped restore overtime protections for salaried workers in Washington state. Our updated overtime protections will give hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians more time to spend with their family and friends, more overtime pay, or a little of both. But before […]

Short legislative session offers potential for progress

WSLC announces 2020 Shared Prosperity Agenda for legislative session   OLYMPIA (Jan. 9, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization, which represents the interests of approximately 550,000 rank-and file members in more than 600 union organizations — has released its Shared Prosperity Agenda for the 2020 session of […]

New report: Misclassification costs Washington workers, state

The following is from the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program: OLYMPIA (Jan. 6, 2020) — The number of employers engaging in worker misclassification in Washington state has risen substantially over the last 10 years. Misclassification has resulted in the denial of pay and benefits for tens of thousands of workers as well as millions of […]

New year brings paid family leave, minimum wage increase

OLYMPIA (Dec. 30, 2019) — When the new year — and decade — begins this Wednesday, don’t forget to celebrate the improvements in workplace standards and benefits that will arrive for Washington workers in 2020. All of these were the result of legislation, voter initiatives and policy changes supported by the Washington State Labor Council, […]

Urge State Legislature to protect public employees’ personal data

By MIKE YESTRAMSKI President, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 OLYMPIA (Dec. 18, 2019) — According to a narrow (5-4) Washington Supreme Court ruling, state employees’ birth dates are currently subject to public disclosure. Anyone can request a public employee’s date of birth as a matter of public record — a significant breach of personal privacy and safety. […]

Washington now has ‘strongest overtime law in the nation’

WSLC hails Washington’s updated overtime pay rules, saying they will help ‘restore work-life balances’ for thousands of families.   TUMWATER (Dec. 11, 2019) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) on Wednesday announced its long-awaited rule change to update and restore overtime protections for hundreds of thousands of salaried workers in the […]

Register for WSLC’s 2020 legislative events

Online registration is now available for reception, lobby day on Feb. 5-6   OLYMPIA — In recent years, pro-worker majorities in the Washington State Legislature have passed landmark laws to protect the environment while creating good union jobs, to reform our collective bargaining laws to adjust to the Janus decision while protecting public employees, to […]

A major court victory for safe workplaces

General contractors have expansive duties to ensure worker safety, says Washington Supreme Court   By JENNIFER ROBBINS and DMITRI IGLITZIN of Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt OLYMPIA (Dec. 4, 2019) — The Washington Supreme Court issued a strongly-worded opinion in Vargas v. Inland Washington, LLC on Nov. 21 that should help encourage general contractors to take […]

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