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WSLC’s April Sims outlines help available for state’s workers

TACOMA (April 6, 2020) — April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, hosted a Facebook Live event Friday to explain what federal and state assistance is available to Washington’s working families amid the coronavirus pandemic. She explained the basics of what the federal CARE Act offers, Washington state programs that are […]

WSLC temporarily closes its Seattle and Olympia offices; meetings to be rescheduled

(March 6, 2020) — The following statement from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO was released Friday morning: The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is committed to protecting the health of all our employees and the community members who use our meeting spaces. We are choosing to proactively follow the guidance from King County Public […]

Washington state’s unions tackle COVID-19

Labor leaders huddle on best practices to protect the workers who are protecting the public   SEATTLE (March 5, 2020) — Washington state has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, and the state’s unions are stepping up to protect the workers who are protecting the public. That means making sure […]

Amid outbreak, contribute to help union families in need

SEATTLE (March 5, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all organizations and individuals interested in helping union families suffering economic hardship amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state to make contributions to the Foundation for Working Families. The FFWF is a nonprofit formed by the WSLC and its affiliated unions to […]

Apply now for Path to Power candidate training

POSTPONED — Program  will be rescheduled for September   UPDATE (Mar. 12, 2020) — The Path to Power candidate training has been POSTPONED, and will be rescheduled for some time in September. UPDATE (Mar. 6, 2020) — The WSLC still intends to conduct this Path to Power training amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but may now […]

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 […]

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