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Hundreds rally to protect safety, privacy of public employees

WSLC legislative conference, public employees urge passage of HB 1888   OLYMPIA (Feb. 7, 2020) — Hundreds of delegates representing unions across the state gathered in Olympia on Thursday to learn about the status of legislation affecting working families and to rally on the State Capitol steps in support of a priority bill to protect […]

Join WSLC on Feb. 5-6 at the State Capitol

Come to Olympia for WSLC legislative reception, lobby day, rally    OLYMPIA — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO will host its 2020 Legislative Reception and Lobbying Conference on Feb. 5-6 at the Hotel RL (Red Lion) in Olympia. On Thursday, Feb. 6, conference attendees will be bused to the State Capitol steps to participate […]

Proof that it pays to join together in unions

As union membership stays strong in Washington, a new report finds that union members make 23% more money and have better benefits.   By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2020) — A recent national study ranked Washington No. 1 in its 2019 edition of its States With the Strongest Unions. The latest federal […]

Meet Ilyas Abukar, WSLC’s Legislative Intern for 2020

OLYMPIA (Jan. 14, 2020) — Meet Ilyas Abukar, the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Intern for the 2020 session that began Monday. Ilyas and his family arrived in the United States as immigrants from Somalia when he was just 8 years old. Growing up, he watched as his parents and relatives worked in dangerous environments […]

Register for WSLC’s 2020 legislative events on Feb. 5-6

Online registration is now available for reception, lobby day   OLYMPIA — In recent years, pro-worker majorities in the Washington State Legislature have passed landmark laws to protect the environment while creating good union jobs, to reform our collective bargaining laws to adjust to the Janus decision while protecting public employees, to regulate abusive non-competition […]

Rachel McAloon joins WSLC as Workforce Development Director

OLYMPIA (Nov. 21, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has welcomed Rachel McAloon to its staff as Workforce Development Director. She joins the WSLC workforce development team of Kairie Pierce, Bill Messenger, Emmanuel Flores and Karen White, who advocate for Washington’s working families from initial entry into the workforce, to career transitions, and […]

WSLC seeks Legislative Intern in Olympia for 2020 session

OLYMPIA (Nov. 13, 2018) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization which represents some 450,000 union members from more than 600 local unions, has an exciting internship opportunity in Olympia during the 2019 legislative session. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 25. Here is the job posting: Legislative Intern The […]

Unionists gather for ‘Solidarity Saturday’ summit in Kennewick

UPDATE — Dozens of trade unionists gathered Nov. 16 for “Solidarity Saturday: A Working People’s Summit” at the IBEW Local 112 hall in Kennewick. Here are some pictures from the event. Stay tuned to find out when/where the next summit will take place!   KENNEWICK — So far this year, union members have gathered for […]

Make plans to join WTO+20 commemoration event on Dec. 7

SEATTLE — In November 1999, a cross-border, cross-sector coalition converged on Seattle and derailed the expansion of the World Trade Organization. Twenty years later, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is partnering with the Washington Fair Trade Coalition on a commemoration event that will reignite the energy around transforming the global economy in the favor […]

Southwest WA unionists gather for Working People’s Summit

VANCOUVER — Workers from across southwest Washington gathered for a day of workshops, discussions, and collective action on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the “Working People’s Summit: Proud to Be Union” at Clark College in Vancouver. Attendees heard about successful organizing campaigns in the region, new member outreach, coalition building, communications, turning an issue into a […]

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