Washington Legislature

Workplace Wins in Washington: A look at the 2024 legislative session

A bill to extend unemployment benefits to striking workers died, but lawmakers passed other measures to bolster workers rights.

Washington House votes to allow unemployment benefits for strikers

HB 1893 passed the Washington House of Representatives 53-44 on Feb. 13 and now goes to the Washington Senate.

Bills would give unemployment benefits to strikers

Washington could join New York, New Jersey, and Maine in providing unemployment benefits when workers go on strike.

Bill would give strikers in Washington the right to unemployment benefits

Senate Bill 5777, filed Dec. 4, is sponsored by Washington State Senator Karen Keiser of Des Moines and has 15 cosponsors.

In Olympia, steps forward for workers

Washington’s 2023 legislative session concluded April 23 with wins for worker safety, workers compensation, and affordable housing.

Taking a pro-worker agenda to our state capitols

Lawmakers in Oregon and Washington have big plans to help working people in this year's legislative sessions.

Washington closes 2022 legislative session with short list of worker gains

Lawmakers supported apprenticeship and green energy, but punted again on proposals to set standards for hospital staffing.

Labor bills moving in Olympia

Measures to expedite energy facility siting, promote apprenticeship, and set minimum health care staffing have passed their first chamber.

An early look at Washington labor’s 2022 legislative agenda

The Washington State Labor Council will push a “Workers’ Recovery Agenda” that prioritizes workers’ health and safety, and job creation.

Washington State Labor Council releases state lawmaker ratings 

As tallied by the AFL-CIO, Southwest Washington has some of the most pro-worker legislators in the state, and some of the most anti-worker.

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.

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.

A night of wins for working people

Around the nation and in Oregon and Washington, union political efforts bore fruit on election night.

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.

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.

State AFL-CIO scores Washington lawmakers

Four SW Washington Democrats get 100 percent, but a Centralia Republican leads the anti-labor pack

Washington Legislature budget battle nearly closes state government

An 11th hour deal increases school funding and gives public employees first raise in 7 years.