Political Action

Every election, delegates from the WSLC's affiliated unions vote on candidate endorsements. The WSLC then informs union members about which candidates earned endorsement, and why.

Mark Your Calendars!


Mark your calendars for these important WSLC events in 2018:

PATH TO POWER TRAINING — In conjunction with the AFL-CIO, the WSLC will offer its next Path to Power training on March 28-30 at the Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center, 607 E. Yakima Ave. This training is open to all members of WSLC-affiliated unions and community partners, and teaches how to run for public office to build power that will positively influence our communities. Topics covered include crafting an effective message, creating a campaign plan, fundraising, how to talk to targeted voters, and building a campaign team.. Download the event flier and/or download and complete the registration form and mail it to the WSLC, c/o April Sims, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle, WA, 98144. For more information, email April Sims.

C.O.P.E. CONVENTION — The WSLC’s 2018 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention will be Saturday, May 19 at the Machinists District 751 Hall, 9125 15th Pl. S. in Seattle. The WSLC’s 600-plus affiliated unions will receive their COPE Convention calls 90 days prior to the event notifying them of the number of delegates and alternates they can send. It is at this convention that delegates representing unions from across the state will gather to vote on the WSLC’s 2018 endorsements for congressional, statewide, state legislative and judicial candidates, plus state ballot measures. By WSLC Constitution, the council’s endorsements require a two-thirds majority vote.


2018 Candidate Questionnaires


If you are running for Washington State Legislature or U.S. Congress, please fill out and submit the following candidate questionnaires. This is the first step of the Washington State Labor Council endorsement process. The second is to contact your local Central Labor Council and arrange for a candidate interview. CLCs will make recommendations to the WSLC delegates, who will vote upon endorsements at the WSLC’s COPE Convention on May 19 in Seattle. (See this memo from WSLC President Jeff Johnson for more details about the process.) If you have questions, or need the questionnaires in another format, contact WSLC Political and Strategic Campaign Director April Sims at 253-441-5113 or via email.

WSLC State Legislative Candidate Questionnaire (Word)

AFL-CIO Congressional Candidate Questionnaire (PDF)

Questionnaires can be emailed to the WSLC or mailed to:

Washington State Labor Council
Attn: April Sims
321 – 16th Ave. South
Seattle, WA  98144


Don’t Invest in More Excuses!


Only lawmakers who stand up for working families deserve organized labor’s financial support. That’s why the Washington State Labor Council created the “Don’t Invest In More Excuses” Political Action Committee (DIME PAC). Its mission is to recruit and elect champions of Washington’s working families. THAT’S how we will defend against attacks on workers’ rights and it’s how we will put government’s focus on creating and maintaining good jobs. Click here for a DIME PAC contribution form so you can contribute to keep Washington a great place to live and work! Send your completed form, along with a check for your contribution payable to “DIME PAC,” to the Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144. For more information, contact the WSLC at 206-281-8901.


Join the 2018 President’s Club


The Washington State Labor Council President’s Club is an organization established to raise political action funds and promote labor’s political action program. Members are invited to attend a special luncheon during the WSLC’s annual convention that will feature a distinguished guest speaker discussing the coming election. President’s Club membership is $150. You may contribute the entire amount or make quarterly contributions of $37.50. To join, please print this form (WordPDF) and send it, along with your enclosed contribution, to: WSLC President’s Club, 321 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98144. Thank you!


2017 Election Results


THANK YOU to the hundreds of union members who volunteered for this year’s successful Labor Neighbor effort to inform fellow rank-and-file members about who earned labor’s endorsement and why. Not only did you help Manka Dhingra win in the all-important 45th LD Senate race, you stepped up to help the WSLC’s own Teresa Mosqueda score a landslide victory in her campaign for Seattle City Council. In addition, several union-member candidates who participated in out Path to Power candidate training won election to local public office. See the summary of results.