How working people and unions fared in the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature

Washington State Labor Council will soon report on the 2021 legislative session. Judging by a draft version, it was a good session for labor.

Washington labor legislation update

Bills to give farm workers the right to overtime pay and create a COVID-19 workers’ comp presumption look likely to pass.

Labor prepares 2021 state legislative agendas

The union movement will be pushing fairly modest proposals when state legislatures meet in Salem and Olympia in 2021.

A union guide to Washington’s Aug. 4 primary election

Ballots will be mailed July 17 and must be return postmarked by Aug. 4. The top two vote getters, regardless of party preference, go on to the November general election.

Lawmaking season in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington lawmakers have begun their 2020 "short" sessions. Thought timelines are short, labor is still calling on lawmakers to deliver.

For working Washingtonians, a breakthrough session in Olympia

Lawmakers voted to tax the rich and invest in infrastructure.

Washington AFL-CIO will push the Democrats on pro-worker agenda

Last November’s election resulted in stronger majorities of pro-labor Democrats in the 2019 legislative session that began Jan. 14.

Republican operative sends counterfeit union mailings to mislead Washington voters

The mailers try to trick voters into writing in the names of candidates who aren’t running … to drain support from union-backed candidates who are. 

A union guide to Washington’s November general election

With Carolyn Long running a strong campaign against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler, it could be an interesting election year for Southwest Washington.

Labor Roundtable pays tribute to allies in Southwest Washington

Washington U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell was a keynote speaker at the 34th annual Labor Roundtable of Southwest Washington awards banquet held Sept. 28 at the Vancouver Hilton.

A union guide to Washington’s August primary

State AFL-CIO delegates voted on endorsements May 19 in Seattle and July 17-19 in Wenatchee.

WSLC backs Carolyn Long in race against Herrera Beutler

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, made early election endorsements in the state's "top-two" Aug. 7 primary.

For Washington working people, best legislative session in years

Union-backed bills that were blocked when Republicans ran the state Senate had much better results this year.

With logjam gone, new life for labor bills that died last year

Infrastructure and equal pay bills are already moving one week into the session.

Big night for Washington labor as votes come in

After four years, Democrats retake state senate majority. And a top labor political aide wins election to Seattle City Council.

Cowlitz County commissioner cancels presentation by anti-union Freedom Foundation

The group was invited to make the case for opening union bargaining to the public.

Washington AFL-CIO rates state lawmakers for key 2017 votes

Paid family leave was a landmark win, but legislators tested anti-union bills in the GOP-held Senate.

Big wins in Washington for labor

All 12 statewide candidates backed by the Washington State Labor Council won office, and every one of its endorsed measures passed.

Washington election results

Here are the union-endorsed races in Washington we’re following on Election Night.

Washington Primary: Round One in battle over control of the state

Washington’s “top two” primary once again delivered strange results as ballots were counted following the Aug. 2 vote.