Washington State Labor Council

Personnel changes

David Groves left the Washington State Labor Council after 32 years. Mike Burlingham left Bakers Local 364 to work for Oregon AFSCME.

$1 billion for Northwest hydrogen infrastructure

An all-union "hydrogen hub" proposal by Oregon, Washington and Montana just got a massive federal commitment.

The power to elevate

In January, April Sims became Washington's top labor leader. She shared the story of her rise with the Labor Press.

In Olympia, steps forward for workers

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

Myers ends WSLC campaign

Shannon Myers' decision leaves Cherika Carter unopposed for the number two office at the Washington State Labor Council.

Primary propels SW Washington labor candidates on to November

Every labor-backed candidate in SW Washington’s Aug. 2 primary will advance to the general election, and two ballot measures were approved.

A Union Guide to Washington’s August 2022 primary

This union-focused ballot guide for Southwest Washington keeps it simple: It only lists candidates who have at least one union endorsement.

Washington State Labor Council ranks lawmakers

The Washington State Labor Council has awarded state lawmakers scored for their votes in the 2022 session.

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.

Washington AFL-CIO president won’t run again

Southwest Washington union officer Shannon Myers and WSLC’s political director Cherika Carter will contest for the number two spot.

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.

The Stand: boosting labor and labor’s story

Washington state’s best (and only) news outlet dedicated to unions and working people, The Stand just turned 10.

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.

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.

Working People’s Summit

“A lot of folks came out dreaming bigger," says teachers union volunteer Marj Hogan.

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.