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WSLC proudly supports LELO, its leaders’ extraordinary change

LELO celebrates 50th anniversary by honoring past leaders, launching new ones   By KASI MARITA PERREIRA SEATTLE (June 7, 2023) — Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO), an organization dedicated to empowering low-income workers of color, recent immigrants and women workers, just celebrated its 50th anniversary at a June 3 event at the Jerry […]

Nominate members, unions for WSLC’s 2023 labor awards

SEATTLE (June 6, 2023) — Each year at its annual convention, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO presents awards recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of specific union organizations and individual union members. At the WSLC’s 2023 Convention in SeaTac at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport on July 18-20, these awards will once again […]

April Sims: ‘My theory of change is rooted in solidarity’

An interview with the President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO   By DON McINTOSH Northwest Labor Press (June 5, 2023) — When April Sims got a union job as a child support enforcement officer two decades ago, she was a high school dropout and single mom. She got involved in her union, and […]

Climate jobs efforts are already paying off

The WSLC and its affiliated unions are working to center quality job creation in clean-energy policies.   OLYMPIA (May 24, 2023) — This year, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions made the creation of quality climate jobs one of the top priorities in the WSLC’s 2023 legislative agenda. As Washington state […]

Project HELP is empowering injured workers

WSLC program offers one-on-one assistance with workers’ compensation claims. Here are some examples.   SEATTLE (May 17, 2023) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has touted its Project HELP program on previous WSLC Wednesdays. This is the program that educates injured workers on how to navigate the state’s workers’ compensation system and offers workshops […]

‘It’s the newsstand about taking a stand’

As The Stand turns 12, it’s time for a redesign. Tell us what you want!   SEATTLE (May 10, 2023) — On May Day, The Stand celebrated its 12th birthday. This news service was started May 1, 2011, by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions to provide a new source of […]

Union Summer internships in the Tri-Cities

Apply by May 19 for paid internships promoting good jobs and social change   TRI-CITIES, Wash. (May 8, 2023) — Each summer, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO gives a diverse group of people a taste of what it’s like to promote good jobs and social change. Calling the experience “eye-opening” and “life-changing,” many participants […]

WSLC’s Sims: Respect and gratitude for nurses, public employees after COVID

SEATTLE (May 8, 2023) — The following statement was issued by April Sims, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: This week we are celebrating National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Public Service Recognition Week (May 7-13). On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, I want to express our profound respect and […]

May Day: Together, we have the power

Across Washington state, workers call for immigrant and union rights   By KASI MARITA PERREIRA SEATTLE (May 3, 2023) — Washington’s labor movement includes people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Every day, every conversation and every action we organize is an opportunity to center people most impacted and celebrate cross racial solidarity. May […]

Ensuring our workforce ‘meets the moment’

As the economy shifts, workforce development professionals are making sure workers are prepared for challenges, opportunities ahead   OLYMPIA (April 26, 2023) — Whether you are first entering the workforce, or making a career transition or facing job loss, there are many government services, union programs and workforce systems designed to assist you. But those […]

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