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Now Administrative Law Judges can advocate for themselves, too

By JUSTINE WINNIE Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (May 21, 2020) — The 2020 legislative session brought new hope to a little-known group of unrepresented public service workers: Washington’s Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). After years of attempting to gain the right to bargain over wages and benefits, a passionate group of ALJs joined forces with […]

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report: Some wins, then COVID

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (May 12, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2020 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. Download the full […]

Inslee announces Safe Start advisory groups

WSLC’s Larry Brown: ‘Job No. 1 for the labor movement is to ensure that workers are safe when they return to the workplace.’   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (May 6, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced members of Safe Start advisory groups with focus on health systems […]

Lost health coverage? Here’s what you need to know

Special enrollment period on Health Benefit Exchange is set to end this Friday   OLYMPIA (May 4, 2020) — Have you lost your health insurance coverage due to layoff or a cut in hours? If you are uninsured, or about to lose your coverage, here’s what you need to know: ► APPLE HEALTH — You […]

Inslee urged to create relief fund for undocumented workers

OLYMPIA (April 27, 2020) — Many working families in Washington state are suffering economic hardship due to the necessary restrictions in place to keep the coronavirus from overwhelming our health care system. But the more than 250,000 undocumented immigrants in this state have no access to unemployment insurance, federal CARES Act payments, or other forms […]

WSLC offers tips for filing your weekly unemployment claims

You don’t need to file your claim on Sunday. If you can wait, you should.   OLYMPIA  (April 26, 2020) — Beginning today — Sunday, April 26 — workers eligible for the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program are filing claims and up to 1 million are expected to be filed this week alone. Because […]

Inslee issues recovery plan to gradually, safely return to work

The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (April 22, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians Tuesday evening to lay out his vision for the eventual safe return to public life amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Inslee said it is unlikely many restrictions under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will […]

Labor, business outline plan for limited restart of construction

UPDATE (April 24, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan today to allow current construction projects to be completed. OLYMPIA (April 16, 2020) — Labor and business leaders from the construction industry have outlined a plan for Gov. Jay Inslee’s consideration that would allow a limited number […]

Inslee moves to protect high-risk workers, clarify L&I policies

OLYMPIA (April 14, 2020) — A month ago, Gov. Jay Inslee announced steps to protect workers impacted by the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, including urging leniency from the state Employment Security Department for those impacted by temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine, and ordering the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to ensure workers’ compensation protections […]

Inslee hails contracts for Swedish SEIU 1199NW caregivers

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Swedish reached elusive deal after governor’s mediated talks   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (April 9, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced that SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and Swedish have agreed on new contracts that cover over 7,700 represented employees of Swedish Medical Center and Swedish […]

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