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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 […]

Organized labor condemns Atlanta shootings, racism

SEATTLE (March 17, 2021) — Following are statements issued Wednesday by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), the AFL-CIO, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA):   WSLC Statement on Atlanta Shootings and Racism Against Asians and Pacific Islanders   Washington’s union movement is deeply saddened and angry about last night’s horrific murders of […]

WSLC thanks Inslee, state DOH for expanding vaccine eligibility

As supplies increase, WSLC continues to press for ALL essential workers to be eligible   OLYMPIA (March 5, 2021) — Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown issued the following statement Thursday afternoon in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s update on vaccine availability/eligibility in Washington: “The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO thanks Governor Inslee and […]

WSLC: Vaccinate all public-facing workers

OLYMPIA (March 3, 2021) — Washington State Labor Council President Larry Brown issued the following statement today in response to directives from President Joe Biden and Gov. Jay Inslee to allow educators and childcare workers to be immediately eligible for COVID-19 vaccination: “The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which represents some 500,000 union members across […]

Keep celebrating Black history all year long

The work of confronting racism, white supremacy must continue   (March 1, 2021) — For the past month, the Washington State Labor Council and its affiliated unions have been celebrating Black History Month by honoring Black leaders, past and present, in Washington’s labor movement. The images describing those leaders and their nominees have been shared on […]



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