Race and Labor
The WSLC continues its ground-breaking work on racial justice, equity, and the labor movement’s responsibility to tackle racism. That work began in 2015, but was spurred forward when union delegates from across Washington state approved the Resolution on Race and the Labor Movement at the WSLC’s 2017 Convention. Learn more.
The latest edition of the WSLC Directory of Organizations has been published and mailed to affiliated local unions. (Click here for an electronic version.) Extra copies can be purchased at the WSLC Seattle office for $5 each or by calling 206-281-8901 and requesting it (they) be shipped to you.
Unions that would like to submit corrections/updates to their organization’s listing in the WSLC Directory (principal officer, phone, address or contact information), should fill out this form.
WSLC 2019 Convention
Hundreds of delegates representing unions across the state gathered July 25-27 in SeaTac for the 2019 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Under the theme “Looking Back. Moving Forward.” the convention commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike and the Centralia Tragedy, and examined the issues and challenges facing today’s workers who want to join together in unions to negotiate a fair return on their work. Check out the convention coverage. Also, see the 2019 Resolutions approved by convention delegates.
Building Strong Unions
In 2018, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO hosted “Building Strong Unions: Winning in a Right-to-Work Environment” to share best practices for internal organizing as conservative Supreme Court decisions, Republican-led legislatures, and right-wing billionaire-funded think tanks seek to reduce the power that workers have when they stand together in unions. (See The Stand’s coverage.)
The contents of the Summit Toolkit binder and additional related materials to help affiliated unions prepare for and comply with the Supreme Court’s Janus decision can be found at this website on a password-protected page. Click here to request the link/password. If your union is interested in sharing your internal organizing plans, training materials, message and talking points, membership/ recommitment forms, or other materials related to this effort, please send them to David Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will add them to this password-protected site.
WA WORK films
Inspired by the tradition of the American photo essay in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, WA WORK is a series of intimate cinematic portraits of everyday working people in Washington state. Seen together, they form a robust tapestry of the American workplace and what it means to be an American worker in the 21st century. WA WORK is a collaboration between the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the film/performance company CABULA6 with funding and support provided through a grant from the Safety and Health Investment Projects program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Check out these films here.
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For daily news about organized labor, community allies, and progressive causes in Washington state, check out The Stand. This award-winning news service offers daily news about issues affecting working families via its website, email subscription (get on the list!), Facebook and Twitter. WSLC-affiliated unions and allied organizations should click here to submit news items and event announcements for The Stand and its Calendar.
Office space available at WSLC’s Olympia building
Your union or progressive organization has a unique opportunity to lease office space at Labor’s own building in Olympia, owned and operated by the Washington State Labor Council, and maintained and serviced exclusively by union members.
The WSLC’s Davis-Williams Building, a prime location just a couple of blocks from the State Capitol, is fast becoming the hub of organized labor and progressive activity in Olympia. This is your organization’s chance to be where decisions are made, both in the labor movement and in state government.
Contact WSLC Secretary Treasurer April Sims for more information or call 206-281-8901.
Support union workers, get a 15% discount!
With the Union Plus AT&T Wireless Discount, labor union members save 15% off the regular monthly rate for individual and family wireless cell phone plans with AT&T, the nation’s largest wireless network. Not only do you save 15% off the regular wireless service costs including phone and data plans, but labor union members also receive additional savings on cell phones and accessories. Plus, you’ll be supporting union workers and their families. AT&T is the only wireless company that is completely unionized with some 40,000 AT&T Mobility employees are represented by the CWA. Learn more.
Also, learn more about the exclusive benefits available to active and retired union members through the Union Plus Mortgage Program by emailing Home Mortgage Consultant Carrie Lynn Wilkinson or calling her at 253-274-4910.
Workers’ compensation attorneys
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has received many inquiries from injured workers and others interested in contacting attorneys with experience in workers’ compensation law, especially since the state has begun allowing “structured settlements” of workers’ comp claims in certain cases. The WSLC has compiled a list of attorneys in Washington state with workers’ compensation experience.
DISCLAIMER: The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the WSLC. Names are listed alphabetically, by city, and the order in which they appear has no significance.