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WHAT IS
the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO?

Widely considered to be the "voice of labor" in our state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, represents and provides services for hundreds of local unions and trade councils throughout Washington state. The WSLC's core programs are legislative advocacy, political action, communications and media relations, and assistance with organizing campaigns. Learn more about the services we provide our affiliated unions and directly to workers.

The WSLC is a voluntary organization. All union locals and councils that are affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) are eligible to affiliate. Some unions outside the AFL-CIO may also affiliate via the Solidarity Charter program or the AFL-CIO/NEA Labor Solidarity Partnership.

Although not every AFL-CIO local or council is affiliated, the WSLC represents the official position of the AFL-CIO in our state.  It operates by consensus and has no legal or constitutional authority to impose a position or policy on any local union or trade council.

WSLC officers are elected by affiliated members every four years. The elected officers are the President, the Secretary-Treasurer and the 27 Vice Presidents, who together comprise the WSLC Executive Board. The board meets quarterly and establishes the WSLC's policies and programs in between conventions.

Conventions are held annually.  Delegates to WSLC conventions debate and establish the organization's positions or policies on issues, candidates and programs by voting on motions and resolutions.  Any credentialed delegate may introduce motions to the convention, and any affiliate may submit resolutions to the convention.

Currently, there more than 600 local unions affiliated with the WSLC, representing approximately 400,000 rank-and-file union members working in our state. The WSLC is the largest labor organization in our state and is the only organization representing all AFL-CIO unions in the state.


The Directory of AFL-CIO Unions in Washington State

Every year, the Washington State Labor Council prints and distributes to its affiliated unions the Directory of AFL-CIO Unions in Washington State, which lists contact information for every union organization that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO (whether or not they are affiliated with the WSLC). Click here to download a PDF of the latest edition. Unions are urged to use this site's Directory Update Form to update or correct their organization's contact information. If you have any questions, or if you would like to order a printed copy of the Directory, email Kamaria Hightower or call her at 206-281-8901.

 

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