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 January 21, 2016 in The Everett Herald

Boeing to Cut 747 Rate to Six a Year, Hopes to Avoid Layoffs

By Dan Catchpole, Herald Writer

The Boeing Co. announced a further 747 production rate cut, an announcement analysts likened to a swan song.

“They’re keeping the doors open long enough to get the Air Force One order,” said Richard Aboulafia, an industry analyst and vice president at the Teal Group.

The U.S. Air Force has said it wants to order modified 747s to replace the two 747s used by the U.S. president by 2018. The planes are commonly known by the call sign Air Force One. The military has not signed a contract, though.

Boeing said Thursday it plans to make only six 747s a year in Everett starting in September and that it will write off $885 million before taxes as a result.

The company hopes to avoid layoffs due to the rate cut by moving affected workers to other programs, Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said. “If we do need to go down in employment, we’d start with executives and managers.” Read entire article

Published September 8, 2014 in the Huffington Post

Why Collective Bargaining Is a Fundamental Human Right

By Robert Creamer, Political Organizer, Strategist, Author; Partner Democracy Partners

The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote.

Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see.

During that period productivity and Gross Domestic Product per capita both increased by roughly 80 percent in America. But the wages of ordinary Americans have remained stagnant. Virtually all of the fruits of that increased productivity have gone to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

No wonder the gang on Wall Street opposes unions. Read entire article

Published January 14, 2016 in by the Washington State Nurses Association

WSNA Wins Decision Against ‘On Call’ Rest Breaks for Nurses

For years, Tacoma General Hospital had covered nurse rest breaks by using a buddy system that had nurses taking a double load of patients while their colleagues were on their legally mandated breaks. The system meant that nurses were essentially “on call” during their breaks to respond to any urgent or emergent issues that might arise with their patients.

Being “on call” is not a real break. That was the decision reached by an arbitrator in response to the Washington State Nurses Association’s grievance, and subsequent arbitration, against MultiCare Health System, which owns the hospital.

In a groundbreaking decision, the arbitrator stated that the buddy system does not work, failing to give nurses true breaks from responsibility for their patients and from nursing’s physically and mentally demanding work:

“The requirement of a nurse on break to be ‘on call’ diminishes the purpose of a break from work. Nursing requires knowledge, experience, dedication and concentration, tempered with compassion and patience, to successfully care for patients in need." Read entire article

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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