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I-976 passes; I-1000/R88 still too close to call

UPDATE (Nov. 8, 2019) — The election results listed below have been updated as of 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Check for the latest results. (Nov. 6, 2019) — Following are election results in races and ballot measures where the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO made an endorsement. (* denotes endorsement.) The WSLC […]

Overtime pay comment period ends; final rule coming in Dec.

The Trump administration will announce a plan today that’s ‘way too weak’ to restore 40-hour work week.   TUMWATER (Sept. 24, 2019) — The public comment period for the proposed update to Washington’s overtime rules has ended. The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) reports that it has received thousands of public comments. L&I […]

L&I proposes workers’ comp rate decrease for 3rd straight year

TUMWATER (Sept. 19, 2019) — The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington state would drop for the third year in a row under a proposal by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The agency announced Wednesday a proposed 0.8 percent decrease in the average premium employers would pay for the coverage in […]

Legislators support restoring overtime pay in Washington

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 […]


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