Following are the panels planned for plenary sessions of the 2022 Constitutional Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
TUESDAY, JULY 19
- Statewide Labor Campaigns — The number of U.S. workplaces where employees have started to organize unions jumped this year to the highest level in half a dozen years, a rise that reflects warming public attitudes toward unions amid a strong labor market. WA has 3rd highest union density, and WA unions are organizing in every corner of the state. Our first panel will focus on statewide efforts to organize workers across industries, utilizing legislative strategies to build power for union members while taking on some of the largest employers and social issues facing working people today.
- MODERATOR: Kasi Marita Perreira, WSLC Director of Racial and Gender Justice
- Yolanda King-Lowe, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
- Edgar Franks, Familias Unidas por la Justicia
- Janie White, Washington Education Association
- Karen Strickland, AFT Washington
- Local Organizing Campaigns — Our second panel on Tuesday is focused on local, regional organizing that is deeply embedded within community. The 2020 Census shows that developing diversity in our communities is not only a national trend but is now a change that has occurred in Yakima, Franklin, and Adams counties (with MLK County not far behind), with majority people of color in these counties, specifically due to increase in Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander populations. We are excited to share several examples of regional organizing strategies featuring local unions and cross-racial coalitions that further prove that we are stronger together.
- MODERATOR: Dulce Gutiérrez, WSLC Union, Community & Naturalization Organizer
- Angie Lara, Fair Work Center (Yakima)
- Rigoberto Valdez, Jr., MLK Labor President’s Organizing Initiative
- Stefan Moritz, UNITE HERE Local 8
- Ahmed Mahamud, Drivers Union
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
- Manufacturing Jobs and Climate Action — The national call to bolster domestic supply chains, coupled with Washington state’s commitment to double manufacturing jobs in 10 years and drastically reduce carbon emissions, presents a unique opportunity to invest in current industry and protect and grow good manufacturing jobs in Washington. To talk about these opportunities, our panelists represent a cross-section of manufacturing industries across the state and sit on the WSLC’s newly-formed Manufacturing Labor Roundtable.
- MODERATOR: Chelsea Mason-Placek, WSLC Workforce Development Director
- Ted Cummings, Financial Secretary & WA Legislation and Education Chairman, United Steelworkers Local 338
- Jon Holden, Directing Business Representative, Machinist Union District Lodge 751
- Todd Mitchell, Business Manager, Heat & Frost Insulators and Fire Containment Workers Local 7
- Greg Pallesen, President, Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers
- Brenda Wiest, Vice President & Legislative Director, Teamsters Local 117