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Washington state wins $23.5M grant in Good Jobs Challenge

OLYMPIA (Aug. 11, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is excited to share some good news for the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) — and for Washington residents. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced last week is that WSAC was among 32 Good Jobs Challenge grant recipients selected from a pool of more […]

Pro-worker candidates fare well in primary election

UPDATED (Aug. 11, 2022) — Candidates endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO made a strong showing in the state’s Aug. 2 primary election, including several candidates where the WSLC’s Labor Neighbor grassroots political program was active over the past several weeks. The top two vote-getters in each of the races will advance to […]

Outdoor workers have new protections from heat

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I): TUMWATER (July 27, 2022) — As temperatures rise and records look poised to fall across Washington this week, businesses in industries from agriculture to building and road construction are required to take steps to protect outdoor workers from heat and smoke hazards. […]

‘WA Interpreters’ linked to anti-union, anti-immigrant forces

Leaked emails reveal Juan Bloise’s group working with Freedom Foundation   The following is from Accountable Northwest: OLYMPIA (June 30, 2022) — Interpreters for Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will soon be voting on forming a union, and which organization to partner with. One of their options is to join Interpreters United […]

New website offers resources for Working Families Tax Credit

Beginning in 2023, low- and middle-income Washingtonians can save up to $1,200   OLYMPIA (June 29, 2022) — Fourteen years ago, the Washington State Legislature created a Working Families Tax Credit to assist low- to moderate-income Washingtonians, but it wasn’t until last year that legislators approved the funding needed to implement it. Beginning in 2023, […]

AG: Hanford workers remain protected after court ruling

Legislature has already updated, fixed 2018 Hanford law rejected by the Supreme Court   The following is from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General: OLYMPIA (June 22, 2022) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against a 2018 Washington law protecting Hanford workers. An updated […]

Join RPEC in celebrating state’s first Women Veterans Day

UPDATE (June 13, 2022) — From Tim Welch, former Communications Director for the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28 and current member of the Retired Public Employees Council:   Commemorative events planned Sunday, June 12 in Tacoma and Spokane   OLYMPIA (June 10, 2022) — Last year, Dorette Markham and Celeste Suliin Burris of […]

Help is available to find quality child care

Webinar and brochure help Washington workers, particularly those in the trades, navigate the childcare system    TUMWATER, Wash. (April 8, 2022) — Finding reliable, affordable child care is a significant challenge for all workers, but particularly those in the building, construction and manufacturing trades who can have frequent schedule changes and overtime work with little […]

UFW: Washington’s new heat protections are ‘strong’

TUMWATER, Wash. (June 6, 2022) — From June 15 through the end of September, employers in Washington will be required to monitor temperature and air quality, take additional steps to protect workers from heat and smoke hazards, and provide training and information, among other things. On June 1, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) […]

Union members: File now to serve as PCO

SEATTLE (May 17, 2022) — This week is candidate filing week in our state and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all union members to consider filling one of the most important local political roles in their local communities: Precinct Committee Officer (PCO). PCOs are the main point of contact for voters in […]


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