Labor Links and Resources

Labor Links and Resources:

Washington State Council of Fire Fighters

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) represents 130 affiliated local fire fighter unions and more than 6900 affiliated members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) within the state.

The WSCFF’s mission is to provide the best possible working conditions, the safest work environment, and the fairest wages and benefits to fulfill the needs of the men and women in this profession.

Operating Engineers Local 302

Operating Engineers Regional Training Program

Operating Engineers’ work covers all Highway, Marine, Heavy Construction, and Engineering projects including Mining, Drilling, Surveying, Utilities and Site Development including all crane, heavy equipment, and associated work.

Whatever right belongs to one member belongs to all members alike without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, age or national origin

Washington Federation of State Employees Home Website

WFSE/AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)

One of the core values is respect for:  Ideas, diversity, perspectives, public respect, dignity, and compassion.

It’s A War On The Workers

There’s a Reason They Call It ‘Supply and Demand’

Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1060

Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1381

Longshore and Warehouse Union

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has approximately 42,000 members in over 60 local unions in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.

There can be no discrimination because of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religious or political belief. Any division among the workers can help no one but the employers. Discrimination of worker against worker is suicide. Discrimination is a weapon of the boss. Its entire history is proof that it has served no other purpose than to pit worker against worker to their own destruction.

Pacific Coast Pensioners Association is an “autonomous affiliate” of the ILWU whose members receive lifetime “retired status” in the Union. The Union has recognized the important contributions made by members’ families and retired workers.

Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council

The Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council has 19 Affiliated Local Unions, representing over 10,500 members in Seattle and King County.

No more political games: Unemployment insurance is a human right

Labor activists observe Human Rights Day

Electrical Workers Union

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.

Our cause is the cause of human justice, human rights, and human security. Our object is to organize all workers in the entire electrical industry, working in our jurisdiction, into our local union.

Electrical Workers Minority Caucus

  • To promote equal opportunity and employment for minorities at all levels of the IBEW structure;
  • To foster leadership development and empower minorities to become active participants and leaders in the IBEW;
  • To assist IBEW minority members who have discrimination complaints;
  • To promote, support and assist the organizing of minority workers in the IBEW;
  • To encourage minority workers to be greater activists in community and political affairs; and
  •   To be actively involved in AFL-CIO Constituency Groups, human, civil, and women’s rights organizations to advance the cause of minority workers.

United Food & Commercial Workers

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is North America’s Neighborhood Union—1.3 million members standing together to improve the lives and livelihoods of workers, families, and communities.

Making Change at Walmart

Our vision for American workers – in grocery, retail, and in our communities – is respect and dignity at jobs that pay fairly and guarantee workers a voice. This is the American Way, and it’s what made our country great.

Statement of Support for Occupy Wall Street
UFCW Stands with Americans Fighting for Good Jobs and a Fair Economy

To learn more about health care reform and how it will affect you

Carpenters Union

North Puget Sound Carpenters Local 70 are composed of approximately 1400 members from Snohomish, Skagit, Island and Whatcom Counties.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of North America’s largest building-trades unions, with nearly a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries.

The union actively promotes diversity within its ranks with programs that encourage women, Native Americans, and returning veterans to join the union.

Skagit County Democrats

We are a diverse organization always looking for Democratic volunteers and participants in our many events across Skagit County and Washington State. We support jobs, health care, social security, family wages, the environment and sustainability, food safety, access to justice for all, programs for children, veteran’s care and benefits, public safety, transportation, local farms and businesses.

Skagit Soils, Inc.

Skagit Soils Composting Facility recycles green waste and food waste. We sell Compost Mulch, General Soil Mix, Beauty Bark and Gravel.
Skagit Soils has been composting and producing soil mixes in Skagit County for over 30 years.
Our mission is to keep organics out of the landfill and provide quality products and service for our customers.

American Federation of Teachers

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 5,500 members including faculty from community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees.

American Federation of Teachers Human Rights Website

We are a committee representing the diversity of AFT WASHINGTON. Our goal is to honor the shared humanity of all our members. We seek to accomplish this goal by promoting principles of tolerance, fairness, and respect; building meaningful relationships within and outside our organization; and monitoring our effectiveness regularly.

Washington State Labor Council

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in WA.

America’s 14.7 million union members represent a cross section of people — women and men of all ages, races and ethnic groups. They work in hospitals and nursing homes, auto assembly plants and on construction sites, trains, buses and airplanes. They are security guards, engineers, office workers, musicians, electricians, postal workers, janitors and more.

Union membership is important to all of these people, helping them gain decent wages and working conditions and have a say in their jobs.

NWW Central Labor Council

The core responsibilities of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council are to:

  • assist workers and their unions in the struggle for social and economic justice
  • advocate and support laws that protect working people
  • unite with community allies who are also struggling for justice.

The Stand – newsletter/alerts of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO


The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.

Your Rights at Work

Civil, Human & Women’s Rights


Stop Sweatshops

Corporate Watch, CEO Perks Rise, Wages Wilt

Why You Need A Union

What’s the Union Difference?

America Wants to Work

Unions FAQs

Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans

To protect the integrity and expand the reach of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act

We’ve worked hard all our lives, and in retirement, we deserve:

  • A lifelong, adequate, dependable income;
  • Comprehensive, affordable health care, including prescription drug coverage;
  • Taxes and utility bills we can handle;
  • Access to affordable housing, transportation, and social services;
  • Support for our family care giving responsibilities; and
  • Quality time to relax and enjoy life with family and friends

American Rights at Work

Advancing Democracy in the American Workplace

  • Since 2003, American Rights at Work has informed the American public about the struggle to win workplace democracy for nurses, cooks, computer programmers, retail cashiers, and a variety of workers who we all depend on every day.  Our vision is a nation where the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers is guaranteed and promoted.Workers’ Rights Statisticsby American Rights at WorkWashington BUS

    The Bus is the political organization of young people, by young people, and for all people. Get on board. Hella Bus Blog

    The Washington Bus engages tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy.

    We’re you. We’re young people here in Washington who want to make our state a better place. We know politics doesn’t happen only in Olympia or in a business suit – it happens everywhere we are, dressed in sneakers and hoodies. Or maybe a onesie.  At the Bus, we’re shaping the future of Washington – and even more importantly, we put our words into action.

    Good laws require good people in elected office. We support young, progressive candidates and make sure our generation has champions in Olympia.

    We take control of, and responsibility for, our own future by making sure our friends and peers are registered to vote, know the issues, and fill out their ballots.

    And, of course, the whole point is to have a good time while we get the job done. We think political parties forgot about the whole “party” aspect of politics, and we’re putting it back in.

    The Washington Bus is an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy. We’re of young people, by young people, for all people. And, yes we have a bus.

    Jobs With Justice

    Jobs with Justice is a national network of local coalitions that bring together labor unions, faith groups, community organizations, and student activists to fight for working people. Our members are in the streets in 46 cities in 24 states across the country.

    We are there for one another’s fights and we unite to take on struggles that none of us could win alone. The only way we can win is if we stand together.

    Jobs with Justice builds long-term, formal coalitions of organizations and individuals. These lasting relationships help build the power needed to win real changes in the lives of working families & our communities. As a national network of local coalitions, Jobs with Justice is ideally placed to run national campaigns that are based in the grassroots. Our national office can coordinate collective action that magnifies our local coalitions’ individual impact.

    Jobs with Justice seeks strategic fights that build power for working people and address the root causes of the problems facing workers & communities. Jobs with Justice coalitions work on a range of issues from labor law reform to health care; from union organizing campaigns to immigrant rights.

Economic Opportunity Institute

An independent, nonpartisan, non-profit public policy center working to restore the promise of the middle class

Summary of Women’s Economic Security

Summary of women’s economic security in Washington State. This report finds women are becoming increasingly vulnerable to economic instability and poverty.

United Students Against Sweatshops

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is a grassroots organization of youth and students who believe that a powerful and dynamic labor movement will ensure greater justice for all people.

Labor Constituency Groups – worker advocates within the labor movement:

APALA – Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance,

APRI – A. Phillip Randolph Institute,

CBTU – Coalition of Black Trade Unionists,

CLUW – Coalition of Labor Union Women,

JWJ – Washington State Jobs With Justice,

LACLA – Labor Alliance for Latin American Advancement

LELO – Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing,

PRIDE at Work,

Young Emerging Labor Leaders (YELL) mobilizes young union members to become leaders and activists for social change within their unions and communities at large.

General Information:

1) Benefits of union representation are even greater for women and workers of color because without the protection of a union contract these workers are often victims of discrimination in the workplace.

2) While the union wage advantage is 29% for all workers, it is 31% for women, 31% for African Americans, and 50% for Latinas.

3) Unions are making a difference. With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share. Here are some of the successes of Unions:

40-hour workweek, 8-hour workday, Overtime, Sick Leave, Paid Vacation, Pensions

Employer-paid health insurance, Safety and health protections, Fairness in promotions

Grievance procedure for wrongful discharge and discipline, Higher wages

4) All Workers are Stronger When they Stand Together.

A recent study released by the Center for Economic Policy Research found that unionized workers earn better wages and have better benefits than non-union workers.

  • For the typical U.S. worker – right in the middle of the national pay scale – unionization         raises wages about 14%.
  • For low-wage workers, unionization raises wages even more – about 21%.
  • On average, unionization raises service sector workers’ wages by over 10% – about $2.00 per hour.
  • African American workers – unionization raises wages by about $2.00 per hour.
  • Latino workers – unionization raises wages by 17.6%.
  • Women workers – unionization raises the likelihood of having health insurance or a pension by over 20 percentage points, which is actually greater than the corresponding effect of obtaining a four-year college degree.
  • Younger workers – unionization raises the likelihood of having health insurance or a pension by over 25 percentage points.

Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research, Benefits of Unionization.


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