The Stand

State’s manufacturing unions urge BPA power deal for Intalco

OLYMPIA (May 9, 2022) — The Manufacturing Labor Roundtable of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has joined the chorus of labor, political and community leaders urging the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to negotiate a fair power deal that allows the reopening of the Intalco aluminum smelter near Ferndale, Wash. Restarting the aluminum smelter, which […]

Help WA State Labor Council combat the forces of racism

As Race and Labor workshops continue, sign up to become a trainer   (May 4, 2022) — The Constitution of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO charges the organization to “combat resolutely the forces that seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our nation and to enslave the human soul.” Its preamble calls on the […]

WSLC: ‘Reproductive rights are workers’ rights’

Washington State Labor Council will fight to defend healthcare choices, abortion rights   WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2022) — A draft opinion leaked Monday night from the majority of the Supreme Court indicates the conservative-controlled court will soon overturn the right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. With the 2019 […]

Apply now for WSLC’s Union Summer internships

SEATTLE (April 11, 2022) — Are you or anyone you know interested in working for social change? Union Summer is the paid ($18/hour) summer internship program for people interested in full-time work within the labor movement. A program of the affiliated unions of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Union Summer participants will spend an […]

Join WSLC for Regional Jobs & Economic Forums April 26-27

OLYMPIA (April 6, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Workforce Development Department invites labor leaders and rank-and-file members, workforce and economic development professionals, policymakers, community groups, and the interested public to upcoming virtual WSLC Regional Jobs & Economic Outlook Forums. These will be data-heavy forums about jobs, industries and economic trends by regions […]

WSLC’s Kairie Pierce appointed Chair of Kids’ Chance

Non-profit organization supports working families impacted by serious work-related accidents or exposures   OLYMPIA (April 4, 2022) — On April 28 each year, the labor movement marks Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating working people who have lost their lives on the job and to rededicating ourselves to fighting for workplace safety and critical support for working […]

WSLC’s COPE Endorsing Convention will be May 21

Masks are required at in-person event at IAM 751’s Seattle hall   Delegates and alternates planning to attend this convention should visit the WSLC 2022 COPE Convention page. SEATTLE (March 23, 2022) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — the state’s largest union organization representing the interests of some 600 labor organizations with more […]

An apprenticeship to ‘Eat on the Wild Side’

How the DSFU and WSLC teamed up to create the nation’s first registered apprenticeship program for commercial fishing — in just six months.   SEATTLE (March 21, 2022) — It’s called “Eat on the Wild Side.” It started as an idea by leaders of the Deep Sea Fisherman’s Union (DSFU) to recruit, train and retain […]

‘Breaking Barriers’: WSLC thanks all participants, sponsors

AFL-CIO Shuler: Empowering women, girls is key to creating brighter future   SEATTLE (March 14, 2022) — To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Women’s Committee of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO held its “Breaking Barriers: Challenge Course & Community Kickback” on Saturday in the Machinists District 751 parking lot in Seattle. Multiple unions and […]

Larry Brown: ‘It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve you’

WSLC President Larry Brown announces he’s not running for re-election   By LARRY BROWN (March 8, 2022) — Since the start of 2019, I have had the extraordinary honor of serving as President of the finest AFL-CIO state federation in the country. I’ve worked alongside Secretary Treasurer April Sims — one of the most dynamic, […]

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