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Let’s help workers stand up for their rights

Worker Protection Act (HB 1076) empowers whistleblowers, promotes fair enforcement of labor standards in Washington state. Public hearing on Friday.   OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2021) — Washington has built a statewide network of strong health and safety, minimum wage and anti-discrimination laws that protect the essential workers who keep our businesses running and our economy […]

Register now for WSLC’s virtual Legislative Conference on Feb. 4

OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2021) — Amid this year’s remote session of the State Legislature, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will conduct its 2021 Legislative Lobbying Conference — also remotely — on Thursday, Feb. 4. As always, participating union leaders, staff and rank-and-file members will have the opportunity to engage with their legislators, only this […]

Legislators: Immigrant families need income assistance, too

OLYMPIA (Jan. 20, 2021) — As workers in Washington state continue to struggle with economic hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is backing efforts to provide immigrant workers with income support when the unemployment insurance system fails to do so. Part of the WSLC’s Workers’ Recovery Agenda, this assistance […]

Berry’s HB 1073 aims to expand access to paid family leave

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2021) — The Paid Family and Medical Leave program has been a source of relief for Washingtonians who have been sick or were caring for loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, state legislators would like to see it go further. Lawmakers held a hearing last week on HB 1073, which would […]

How you can support pro-worker agenda during remote session

OLYMPIA (Jan. 12, 2021) — The 2021 session of the Washington State Legislature began Monday. Most of this session will be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic, which means there won’t be the usual public rallies and in-person meetings with legislators. But there are still opportunities for union members and community allies to support a […]

WSLC announces Workers’ Recovery Agenda for 2021

Legislators must protect workers, support struggling families, invest in our state   OLYMPIA (Jan. 8, 2021) — The Washington State Legislature will begin its 2021 session on Monday at the State Capitol, but after that day hearings, debate and floor action will be conducted remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that legislators must approve the […]

New year brings new workplace standards in Washington

State minimum wage rises and eligibility for overtime pay grows. Have you been denied these or other workplace rights? Share your story!   OLYMPIA (Jan. 4, 2021) — If you are a worker in Washington state who earns the minimum wage or a salaried worker who earns just above the minimum wage, the new year […]

We must invest in post-COVID Washington

If state lawmakers choose austerity budget cuts in 2021, they will harm our quality of life and prop up a rigged, unethical tax code   By LARRY BROWN (Dec. 14, 2020) — This week, Washington is expected to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. It will take months for all of us to get […]

Washington state legislators need to hear YOUR priorities

As state lawmakers go remote, they need to hear from working people across Washington about their experiences and concerns. Share your story!   OLYMPIA (Dec. 10, 2020) — The Washington State Legislature will convene in person Jan. 11 and then lawmakers plan to conduct the rest of the 2021 session remotely amid the ongoing COVID-19 […]

WSLC’s April Sims appointed to State Redistricting Commission

Democrats also choose Brady Walkinshaw for panel that redraws state’s political map   The following is from the Washington House Democratic Caucus: OLYMPIA (Dec. 10, 2020) — Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) on Thursday announced their choices to represent their respective caucuses as Commissioners on the […]

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