The Stand

Understanding how workers’ comp works

In addition to claims assistance, WSLC’s Project HELP offers workshops explaining Washington’s safety net for injured workers   SEATTLE (April 19, 2023) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has touted its Project HELP program, which educates injured workers and provides individual one-on-one workers’ compensation claims guidance, on a previous WSLC Wednesday. Another service Project […]

WSLC continues building a ‘Path to Power’

Hundreds of union members and supporters have learned how to run a successful campaign for public office via the WSLC’s candidate training program   OLYMPIA (April 12, 2023) — Unions strive not only to win strong contracts for their members, but also to elect pro-worker candidates who will support policies that strengthen our communities and […]

Labor voices to learn from (besides ours)

Experts, advocates, creators – and a cat – that are building worker power   By SARAH TUCKER (April 5, 2023) — High-profile organizing campaigns at Starbucks, Amazon and Trader Joe’s are getting attention in the mainstream media, but workers are joining together in unions across the country — from college campuses to fields to hospitals. […]

WSLC’s Sims: Howard Schultz is ‘an embarrassment’ to WA

Leader of state’s largest labor organization says the former Starbucks CEO’s legacy has been ‘permanently stained’ by illegal – and unsuccessful – efforts to prevent his employees from unionizing.     SEATTLE (March 29, 2023) — April Sims, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding former Starbucks CEO Howard […]

Anything dividing our solidarity is a threat

Thousands of union members have participated in the WSLC’s Race & Labor training. You can help us reach thousands more.   SEATTLE (March 29, 2023) — America’s labor movement is growing more and more racially diverse. In fact, 100 percent of the growth in union membership last year — 231,000 new rank-and-file members — can […]

WSLC President April Sims featured on ‘Northwest Now’

TACOMA (March 28, 2023) — April Sims, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was just featured on the KBTC program Northwest Now, where she discusses young workers boosting union organizing, registered apprenticeship programs, non-compete contracts, how racial divisions are stoked to exploit the working class, and more. The segment also features Peter Kuel, […]

Training builds worker power

UNITE HERE Local 8 & the WSLC partner on innovative skills-building program   OLYMPIA (March 22, 2023) — Unskilled labor is a myth. All jobs require trained and experienced working people. Training both helps services run smoothly and helps keep workers safe on the job. But too often, access to training is limited by workers’ […]

‘Life-changing’ Union Summer opportunities at the WSLC

Applications are now open for paid internships promoting good jobs and social change   SEATTLE (March 15, 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 have […]

Help for getting ‘sure and certain relief’

WSLC’s Project HELP assists with navigating the workers’ compensation system   SEATTLE (Mar. 8, 2023) — Workers’ compensation is a critical safety net for Washington’s working families. The system was established “to provide sure and certain relief for workers, injured in their work, and their families and dependents,” and its benefits help thousands of Washington […]

WSLC welcomes its newest affiliate: SEIU6

SEATTLE (Mar. 6, 2023) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) has announced the affiliation of SEIU6 Property Services NW, which represents a diverse workforce of more than 9,000 janitors, security officers, airport passenger service workers and allied industries workers in Washington state. The WSLC, a state federation of the AFL-CIO, is the largest […]

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