The Snohomish County Labor Council and Its Purpose

The Snohomish County Labor Council is a federation of 63 unions in Snohomish County. Those unions represent 42,000 working families for the purpose of bargaining wages/salaries and working conditions with their employers.

The Labor Council and its member unions are dedicated to helping workers organize their workplaces so that they are ensured economic justice and dignity.

Published Feb. 28, 2015 in

U.S. Unions Back to Flexing Their Muscles

There could be a sharp increase in labour disputes as they reassert themselves.

By Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan and Jeff Green

After years of avoiding confrontation, the US labour movement is reasserting itself. From the ports of Los Angeles to the car plants of Detroit, unions are demanding payback for sacrifices they say helped revive the economy.

Oil workers have walked off the job for higher wages and better working conditions. Dock workers have snarled West Coast ports. Personnel staffing oil terminals at the Port of Long Beach, California, are threatening to strike. In Detroit, union leaders girding for contract talks this year will push for the first raise veteran autoworkers have received in a decade.
Union leaders are taking advantage of a tightening labour market and favourable political environment. With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the market notches record highs. Read entire article

Ever Heard of 'Right to Work'? Well, About That...

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in

House Bill Ties Aerospace Tax Breaks to Higher Wages

By Jerry Cornfield, Herald Writer

OLYMPIA -- Aerospace companies benefiting from the state’s generous tax breaks must share the financial rewards with their workers through higher wages, lawmakers were told Monday. Read entire article

Tell Your Legislators to Support Raising the Minimum Wage and Providing Paid Sick Leave!

People who work hard and play by the rules should be able to support their family. This basic principle is the cornerstone of the American Dream that helped create the middle class. Yet recently, incomes for those at the top have grown exponentially while hard–working families have seen their pay stall and their health care costs rise.

We believe our government should work for all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful.

Help us start legislative session strong by sending a message to legislators in support of raising the minimum wage and paid sick leave!

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TPP: The Next Big Free Trade Mistake

Fast Track Fact #1: Costs Jobs

Trade policies adopted under Fast Track have cost us more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories.

Call Congress: 1-855-712-8441 and Say NO to Fast Track

Source: AFL-CIO

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