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Apprenticeships in state hit all-time high

TUMWATER, Wash. (Nov. 18, 2021) — As National Apprenticeship Week continues, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced Wednesday that the number of people involved in registered apprenticeship programs statewide has reached an all-time high. Between September 2020 and August 2021, there were 21,710 apprentices in Washington state. The total would make […]

State offers assistance paying for child care

Find out if you qualify, apply, and identify a unionized provider near you   The following is from SEIU 925: (Oct. 26, 2021) — Are you struggling to find — or afford — child care? You may be eligible for help with the cost. Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) is a Washington state program that […]

Lost job due to vaccine mandate? Reemployment events planned

OLYMPIA (Oct. 19, 2021) — If you have chosen to leave your job rather than comply with your employers’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Washington State Employment Security Department is teaming up with organized labor, workforce development experts and other state agencies to offer a series of virtual Reemployment Resource events. The sessions will be held […]

A bipartisan call for Biden to end challenge of Hanford law

OLYMPIA (Oct. 7, 2021) — A large bipartisan, bicameral group of Washington state legislators has signed a strong letter of protest urging the Biden administration to withdraw its challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site. The 2018 law grants presumptive workers’ compensation coverage for sick workers […]

WFSE members ratify new raises for 2022

OLYMPIA (Oct. 1, 2021) — Members of the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) this week voted to ratify an agreement with the state to provide “the largest pay increase and lump sum payment negotiated in several years” for the state’s General Government employees in 2022.   Here is the announcement from WFSE: […]

Keiser: Sick Hanford workers deserve better

Senate labor committee chair bemoans Biden administration decision to continue Trump-era effort blocking workers’ comp benefits for sick nuclear cleanup workers   OLYMPIA (Sept. 16, 2021) — Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday after the announcement that the Biden administration will […]

WFSE members ratify agreement on vaccine mandate

The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE): OLYMPIA (Sept. 13, 2021) — Members of the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) ratified an agreement with the state addressing the effects of Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate. The vote concluded Thursday night with more than 80 percent casting […]

State vaccine mandate deadlines are fast approaching

To comply with governor’s order, first shots are needed as soon as Sept. 6   OLYMPIA (Sept. 2, 2021) — Gov. Jay Inslee has established a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for most Washington state employees; higher education, childcare, and K-12 education employees; state contractors; and most healthcare and long-term care providers. Under the governor’s proclamations, all […]

Expanded jobless benefits expire this week. Here’s what to know.

OLYMPIA (Sept. 2, 2021) — The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the $2.2 trillion federal economic stimulus bill approved in March 2020 in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, temporarily expanded and extended unemployment benefits. It is expiring this week and here’s what that means for recipients of […]

COVID aid boosted healthcare coverage, affordability in state

Under American Rescue Plan Act, some in Washington now get health coverage for $1 per month or less. Nearly half of all Exchange customers pay less than $100 per month.   OLYMPIA (Sept. 1, 2021) — Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced Tuesday that more than 57,000 Washingtonians signed up for health care coverage between Feb. […]


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