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.

2018 Endorsements


Delegates representing more than 600 Washington State Labor Council-affiliated unions from across the state voted on election endorsements at the WSLC’s 2018 COPE (Committee on Political Education) Convention on May 19 at the Machinists 751 Hall in Seattle, and again at the WSLC’s 2018 Convention held July 17-19 in Wenatchee. Click here to see the WSLC endorsements to date in congressional, legislative, and state Supreme Court races, plus statewide ballot measures. (Updated post-primary election.)


VOLUNTEER for Labor Neighbor 2018


Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, engages union members to inform fellow union members and their families about the candidates and ballot measures that have earned labor’s endorsement — and why they earned it. UNION VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for neighborhood walks, phone banks, and other Labor Neighbor efforts. Even if you live outside the targeted districts, you can help in that area and/or at phone banks. Click here to check the schedule and fill out a Labor Neighbor volunteer form.


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. 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

WSLC-affiliated unions can download candidates completed questionnaires. (Contact April Sims for the password.)



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.