The Stand

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 […]

Labor-backed energy facility permitting bill passes Senate

HB 1812 will speed state’s development of critical infrastructure needed to reduce emissions   OLYMPIA (March 4, 2022) — A legislative priority for Washington’s labor movement in 2022 was to promote clean energy production by reforming the state’s siting and permitting process for new energy facilities. On Thursday, House-approved legislation to accomplish these reforms passed […]

Trial court sides with super-rich on capital gains tax

The following is from Invest in WA Now: WATERVILLE, Wash. (March 2, 2022) — On Tuesday, a trial court judge in conservative Douglas County ruled against a publicly popular capital gains tax on the wealthiest Washingtonians’ extraordinary stock market profits. The decision is expected to be appealed and will likely be decided by the state […]

Sickout in Olympia over bargaining rights

UPDATE (March 2, 2022) — Rep. Marcus Riccelli introduced HB 2124 on Feb. 23, which would create a labor relations office, a timeline for bargaining, and require interim work for legislation next year to grant legislative staffers bargaining rights. It passed the House, 56-41, on March 1 and now goes before the Senate.   Legislative […]

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