Janet Hays


Executive Assistant to the President


Janet began her career in organized labor in June 1972 when she went to work for William J. Olwell at Retail Clerks Union (now United Food and Commercial Workers Union) Local 1001 in Seattle. She started out as a file clerk, filing members’ ledger cards and mailing back dues booklets. When the union shifted to computer records in 1975, Janet became lead computer operator, a position she held for 10 years.

In 1985, she became lead assistant to the Negotiating, Grievance, Health Care, and Organizing Departments, as well as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer. In July 1994, after 22 years with UFCW Local 1001, she joined the staff of the Washington State Labor Council as Administrative Assistant to President Rick Bender.

Janet has been a member of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8 for more than 40 years. She is a second generation Seattleite and grew up in West Seattle, where she still resides. She plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2018, and reports that “it’s been an interesting ride.”