The Stand

A short, sometimes sweet legislative session

WSLC 2022 Legislative Report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (May 13, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2022 Legislative Report summarizing this year’s session of the State Legislature, describing how bills on working family issues fared, and scoring all legislators on how they voted. You can read […]

It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

OLYMPIA (April 14, 2022) — Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a series of improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to give student debt relief to borrowers who work full time in public service. The program, which originated in 2018, was roundly criticized for rejecting nearly […]

Urge Governor Inslee: Don’t close Naselle Youth Camp

UPDATE — Unfortunately, Gov. Jay Inslee did not veto this provision when he signed the supplemental budget into law. The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: NASELLE, Wash. (March 24, 2022) — Tucked amid the temperate rainforests, streams and tidelands of Washington’s Pacific coast, Naselle Youth Camp (NYC) is […]

Teamsters urge DOC Secretary: Take action on work safety

The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUMWATER, Wash. (March 22, 2022) — It was a powerful, sobering action. Over a dozen shop stewards, other member leaders, and Teamster staff marched into DOC headquarters in Tumwater on Wednesday to confront management. Toting a massive foam board petition with the names of 1300 of their co-workers, […]

‘A major step forward’ for Washington state

On session’s final day, Legislature approves historic transportation package, state employee raises, progress toward bargaining rights for legislative staff, and job-creating tax incentives   OLYMPIA (March 11, 2022) — On Thursday’s final day of the 2022 legislative session, the Legislature passed a historic transportation investment package — a 16-year, nearly $17 billion package — that […]

How pro-worker bills fared in Olympia

With the 2022 session’s end, here’s a final update on WSLC’s legislative agenda   OLYMPIA (March 11, 2022) — Thursday was the final day of the 2022 legislative session. In the coming weeks, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will be preparing its 2022 Legislative Report & Voting Record with more detailed reports about how […]

Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals seeks new Chair

OLYMPIA (March 10, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Association of Washington Business are presently seeking résumés and references from persons interested in being considered for possible appointment as the public member and Chair of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). The Chair serves a six-year term. The […]

Coalition: Hospital staffing crisis isn’t going away, neither are we

SEATTLE (March 9, 2022) — The WA Safe + Healthy coalition (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 3000, and the Washington State Nurses Association) released the following joint statement Tuesday on the Washington State Senate’s failure to pass HB 1868, safe staffing standards for healthcare workers: Throughout the pandemic, our state’s healthcare workers have put their own […]

Audit finds uncertified teachers at Summit charter schools

Sen. Wellman: ‘It is incredibly disconcerting that the audit revealed Summit boards were meeting quarterly and failing time and again to provide critical oversight.’   OLYMPIA (March 7, 2022) — Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) lauded a state audit that uncovered 24 teachers who were teaching without a current Washington state teacher certification in charter […]

Urge state senators to incentivize data centers in Washington

Send a message: HB 1846 would boost jobs, environment and state’s economy   OLYMPIA (March 5, 2022) — In the final days of the 2022 session, Washington state legislators have a unique opportunity to promote economic development while boosting both labor and climate standards. HB 1846, sponsored by Rep. April Berg (D-Mill Creek), would incentivize […]

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