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 thepurpose 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.

1st Annual Peanut Butter Drive

We encourage everyone attending the March SCLC meeting to bring a jar of peanut butter to contribute to our first Peanut Butter Drive for the local food banks. Thank you!

SCLC March Meeting Includes Informational Picket at Compass Health

Please come to the meeting prepared to walk down to Compass Health, 3322 Broadway, a few blocks from the Labor Temple, to join in on an informational picket for our SEIU 1199NW affiliate. Bring your colors and a sign or two, if you like.

Lindsey Grad of SEIU 1199NW has sent us the following information on the situation, where they will be picketing from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. (If you like, show up there first before the Labor Council meeting.):

“Bargaining with management on a new contract has been going poorly -- these workers haven’t had any raise since 2008. Management is only offering performance pay and vacation day takeaways. As you know, recruitment and retention in mental health is a huge problem. These are highly educated (and thus often highly indebted) professionals with incredibly challenging working conditions and very dismal wage and benefit structures. In turn, the constant turnover in management is driving these workers to contribute to poor performance on treatment programs for patients/consumers, as they are constantly met with upheaval amongst the caregivers that they depend upon.”

You can contact Lindsey if you or your local would like further information.

Published by Center for Effective Government, Feb. 19, 2014

Boeing, Second Largest Federal Contractor, Pays No Federal Income Tax in 2013

by Scott Klinger
boeing-paid-no-federal-income-taxIn its just-released annual report, Boeing Company reported that it claimed $82 million in federal tax refunds, despite reporting $5.9 billion in U.S. pre-tax profits last year. This represents an effective tax rate of -1.4 percent. Boeing paid just $11 million in state income taxes, an effective state tax rate of just 0.2 percent. The disclosures were made in Boeing’s Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last Friday.
Since 2008, Boeing has reported between $1.6 billion and $5.9 billion in profits each year, yet has paid no federal income taxes in three of those years. Over the last six years, Boeing has reported $26.4 billion in pre-tax profits to its shareholders, while claiming a total of $105 million in refunds from the IRS, an effective tax rate of -0.4 percent. Read entire article

letter carriers food drive logoLetter Carriers Food Drive May 10th

We are asking for your support and sponsorship of this year’s National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive to be held on May 10, 2014. This one day event supplies the largest inflow of food to area food banks in the year and the largest one day food drive in the country.

Last year Snohomish County citizens filled food bags distributed by the Letter Carriers with over 277,263 pounds of food resulting in over 213,279 meals for those in need in our county.

Your monetary contribution is used to help purchase the food bags that are distributed to over 240,000 mail recipients throughout the county.

Please send your monetary donation no later than April 1st. If you have any questions contact the SCLC at (425) 259-7922 or


Seattle Labor Chorus annual Singalong is Saturday, March 8, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle. Community singing, silent auction, food and drink.

Watch for a forthcoming detailed announcement.

Published in the Everett Herald, January 9, 2014

Everett IAM Business Rep to Run for National Union Office

By Chuck Taylor

Jason-RedrupA local Machinists union business rep says he is joining a national reform ticket seeking to oust the top leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

Jason Redrup, a District 751 business representative of 2,500 workers at the Everett plant, was to announce his candidacy Thursday at a rally at the union hall near Paine Field. He will run for general vice president of the international. Jay Cronk, a reformer recently fired by the national office in Upper Marlboro, Md., is running for president.

In an email, Redrup said he hoped to unseat "the current incumbents who triggered the chain of events that resulted in the destructive contract (which) 38 percent of members approved" on Jan. 3. District 751 members voted 51 percent yes to accept an early contract extension offered by Boeing. The vote occurred while many workers were on the company's holiday break. Read more


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