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.

Published June 2, 2014 in The Stand

Everett AquaSox logoEverett AquaSox to Hold Union Solidarity Night

The Snohomish County Labor Council, along with several unions, will be participating in Union Solidarity Night on Thursday, July 24th at Everett Memorial Stadium, home of the Everett AquaSox. The gates open at 6 pm and the game starts at 7:05 pm as the AquaSox host the Boise Hawks.

It is $2 night at the ballpark, with hot dogs, beer and soda available for only $2.00. There will also be drawings and giveaways during the game. Contact your local union for ticket availability the first week of July, and Go AquaSox! More on the AquaSox

Local Labor Community Leads Amazing Peanut Butter Drive

For the past several months, the Snohomish County Labor Advisory Committee has been working with United Way of Snohomish County and the local labor community on a peanut butter drive.

The drive ended today, and the results were amazing, with 1,573 jars collected for Volunteers of America Western Washington!

Pictured here: Members of AFSCME 109, PTE 17, IBEW 191, the Labor Advisory Committee at United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Labor Council after today's peanut butter drive wrap-up event. — with Brandon Hemming, Jason Redrup, Mike Sells, Dennis Smith, Ann Seabott and Darrel McLaughlin.

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 in

How Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Walmart Executives' Paychecks

While Walmart customers suffer from government belt-tightening, Walmart executives thrive on government tax breaks. It's good to be rich.

Over the past six years, Walmart has cut its tax bill by $104 million thanks to a loophole in the corporate tax code that lets companies deduct the cost of performance-based pay for executives. That's according to a report released Wednesday by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank opposed to "concentrated wealth" and "corporate influence."

During that time, executives took home $298 million in performance-based pay, the study shows.

Some of that pay came despite dubious performance: Walmart's U.S. same-store sales, a key measure of retail health, have dropped for five quarters in a row. And Walmart executives have blamed at least some of the bad performance on cuts to government assistance to its low-income customers. Read entire article

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