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The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO provides many services to its affiliated organizations, and also has grant programs designed to offer direct worker assistance. Here is a summary of the WSLC's core mission, and contacts for more information:
The reason we organize unions in the first place is because through collective action we have more power. By joining together, union organizations affiliated with the WSLC can speak with one strong voice in Olympia. Important workplace rights and standards won at the bargaining table can be lost with the stroke of a politician's pen at the Capitol. The WSLC has fought hard to maintain those standards and to attain new ones in areas ranging from collective bargaining to prevailing wage, from unemployment benefits to workers' compensation. The WSLC also helps its affiliates develop legislation to address industry-specific issues of concern. For more information about the WSLC's legislative program, visit our Legislative Issues page or contact the WSLC's Rebecca Johnson or Teresa Mosqueda at 360-943-0608.
The WSLC has an aggressive program to educate rank-and-file union members around the state on where political candidates stand on working people's issues. The WSLC's political education program, considered a national model by the AFL-CIO, offers instruction and assistance for unions interested in voter registration drives, candidate training for union members, establishing and building political action funds, and communicating with members via mail, phone and worksite leafleting. It also pioneered the Labor Neighbor program, where union members hit the streets to talk to other union members about issues that matter to working people. For more information, check out our Political Education page or contact WSLC Political Director Karen Deal at email@example.com or 206-281-8901.
In addition to using this website and other communications tools to help our affiliated organizations disseminate information, the WSLC is available to help its affiliates plan media strategies for events and campaigns. Assistance in preparing news releases, publicizing events, and developing union newsletters/websites are all available through the WSLC. Just contact Communications Director Kathy Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-281-8901. For information about this web site and its content or any WSLC publications, contact Publications Director David Groves at email@example.com or 206-281-8901.
Effective union organizing drives often require the support of the community. The WSLC can help rally the support of community leaders, elected officials and other unions' members in the area to assist in successful organizing. The council is also a valuable resource of information and literature on the benefits of joining unions.
In addition to those four core missions, the WSLC offers other services including:
The WSLC can also help your union with its unique needs and specific issues. Affiliated unions can just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-281-8901 or 1-800-542-0904, and request our assistance. We are here to serve you.
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