Jeff Johnson


Jeffrey G. Johnson served as President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, from January 2011 to January 2019. He first joined the WSLC staff in 1986, serving as special assistant to the president, lead lobbyist, research and organizing director, and as shop steward for the administrative staff unit.

Jeff began his union life with Local 2190 of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO in 1979, teaching Labor Economics and Labor Studies at Empire State College, Center for Labor Studies, in New York City. As a labor educator Jeff taught in many union and community sponsored education programs in the New York area.

Jeff’s work at the Washington State Labor Council focused on organizing, policy, and legislation that improves the lives of working people through increasing collective bargaining and organizing rights; economic justice and anti-poverty measures; strengthening workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and employment standards; improving the health care system; and protecting the rights of farm workers and immigrant workers.

Jeff also represented the Washington labor movement by sitting on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Washington State Apprenticeship Council, the Board of Washington Community Action Network, Co-Chair of the Washington State Blue Green Alliance, and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.

Jeff earned his B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown University and his M.A. and A.B.D. in Political Economy from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research. His wife is Rebecca Smith, an attorney with the National Employment Law Project.