The Stand

Support SB 5438, jobless benefits for undocumented workers

The following is from the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN): OLYMPIA (Feb. 1, 2022) — SB 5438, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), would provide unemployment benefits to workers who are unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and not eligible for unemployment benefits due to immigration status. It will be heard in the […]

Inslee appoints Brown co-chair of Workforce Training Board

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31, 2022) — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed two new co-chairs to helm the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board bringing together labor and business leaders at a time when the state faces pivotal workforce and economic challenges during an ongoing pandemic. The board is tripartite with equal representation from business, labor, and government. […]

Energy facility permitting needs upgrade to meet climate goals

HB 1812 would speed state’s development of critical infrastructure needed to reduce emissions   OLYMPIA (Jan. 25, 2022) — In recent years, the Washington State Legislature has passed a series of laws to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by mandating a transition to carbon-free energy production, capping and pricing carbon emissions, and requiring low-carbon […]

SB 5847 would improve access to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

OLYMPIA (Jan. 24, 2022) — Last October, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a series of changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to give student debt relief to borrowers who work full time in public service. The program, which originated in 2018, was roundly criticized for rejecting nearly […]

We must extend bargaining rights to legislative branch employees

OLYMPIA (Jan. 21, 2022) — This year, the Washington State Legislature has the opportunity to extend collective bargaining rights to the hard-working people who make the legislative process work at the State Capitol, but have been unfairly denied the right to join together and negotiate for better working conditions: legislative branch employees. HB 1806 sponsored […]

Video: Why Washington needs safe staffing standards

As state considers legislation, must-see video from the New York Times features nurses explaining the real crisis   OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2022) — Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) have introduced bipartisan legislation to create new safe staffing standards for hospitals in Washington state, which will help protect healthcare workers and ensure […]

They ensure state labor laws apply to all

WFSE members won a verdict against a multi-billion-dollar company running a for-profit detention center that was paying detainees as little as $1/day to keep the facility running.   The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE): OLYMPIA (Jan. 18, 2022) — The detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in […]

Inslee updates decades-old affirmative action guidance

Executive order aims for more equity in hiring, education and contracting   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (Jan. 18, 2022) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed an executive order that rescinds Directive 98-01, a 23-year-old document that was supposed to provide agencies with instructions on how to implement Initiative […]

Apprenticeship bills will boost opportunities

Hearings today on state legislation from Sens. Keiser, Randall to build upon proven successful ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach   OLYMPIA (Jan. 13, 2022) — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills scheduled for […]

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan healthcare safe staffing bills

SB 5751, HB 1868 would protect healthcare workers, improve care for patients, and begin to address the staffing crisis   SEATTLE (Jan. 11, 2022) — Members of the WA Safe + Healthy coalition on Monday applauded legislative champions led by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) for introducing bipartisan legislation to create new […]

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