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WSLC’s Bill Messenger retires; Chelsea Mason-Placek returns

OLYMPIA (May 14, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has announced the retirement of longtime Workforce Development Director Bill Messenger and that Chelsea Mason-Placek has rejoined the WSLC in that position. Since 2006, Messenger has worked at the WSLC to find alternatives to plant closure and job dislocation. When such closures and layoffs […]

WSLC requesting nominations for state’s 2021 labor awards

SEATTLE (May 6, 2021) — 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. Although the WSLC’s 2021 Convention on July 21-23 will once again be a virtual affair, these awards will be presented as always to […]

Deadline extended to apply for Union Summer 2021

UPDATE (May 6, 2021) — The deadline to apply for Union Summer has been extended to Friday, May 14. So get those applications in! SEATTLE (April 2, 2021) — Are you or anyone you know interested in working for social change? Union Summer is the paid ($17/hour) summer internship program of the Washington State Labor […]

WSLC is accepting applications for two staff positions

SEATTLE (May 5, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO — which is the largest union organization in the state, representing the interests of 600-plus local unions with some 500,000 rank-and-file members — is currently accepting applications for two staff positions: Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer and Bilingual Claims Specialist for the Project Help […]

Project Help’s Latschaw retires; Gallardo named new director

SEATTLE (May 4, 2021) — Project Help, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO program that assists injured workers in the successful resolution of workers’ compensation claims, will soon be under new leadership with the retirement of Viona Latschaw, who has served as Project Help Director for more than 10 years. The program’s new director will […]

The Stand at 10: We need to hear from YOU on how to improve

Complete our Reader Survey and let us know what we’re doing right and wrong   By DAVID GROVES (April 30, 2021) — The Stand, the news service of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions, went online for the first time 10 years ago on May Day, International Workers Day. The headlines […]

A changing of the guard at WSLC Accounting Manager

SEATTLE (April 29, 2021) — After serving nearly five years overseeing the financial department of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Carlos de la Torre is retiring and the WSLC has welcomed Paul Giering as its new Accounting Manager. Carlos has managed the WSLC’s financial services management system and prepared general ledger analysis and financial […]

WSLC applauds conviction of Derek Chauvin

But justice for George Floyd requires dismantling of racist policing system that enabled Chauvin   SEATTLE (April 20, 2021) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO released the following statement from President Larry Brown and Secretary Treasurer April Sims this afternoon following the announcement of the jury’s verdict finding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin […]

WSLC hosts vaccination clinic Saturday at Yakima UFCW Hall

(En español a continuación.) YAKIMA — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is partnering with the Yakima Health District to conduct a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday, April 3 at the UFCW 1439 Union Hall, 507 S. 3rd St. in Yakima, from 8 a.m. to noon. Some 350 Pfizer vaccines will be distributed on […]

WSLC honoring past recipients of Elsie Schrader Award

(March 31, 2021) — As Women’s History Month draws to a close this week, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is honoring some of the women who have received its Elsie Schrader Award. (Check out and follow the WSLC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.) The WSLC Women’s Committee presents this award each year at the […]



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