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 in The Economic Opportunity Institute, Friday, August 5, 2016

‘X’ Marks the Spot Where Inequality Took Root: Dig Here

By Stan Sorscher

In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn’t sure what the insight was. I have my own answer.

The economist talked of the figure as a sort of treasure map, which would lead us to the insight. “X” marks the spot. Dig here.

The graphic below tells three stories.

First, we see two distinct historic periods since World War II. In the first period, workers shared the gains from productivity. In the later period, a generation of workers gained little, even as productivity continued to rise.

The second message is the very abrupt transition from the post-war historic period to the current one. Something happened in the mid-70’s to de-couple wages from productivity gains.

The third message is that workers’ wages – accounting for inflation and all the lower prices from cheap imported goods – would be double what they are now, if workers still took their share of gains in productivity.

A second version of the figure is equally provocative. Read entire article

Published in The Stand Tuesday, July 26, 2016

VOTE and Support Key Statewide Candidates

Don’t wait! Find your ballot, fill it out and send it in.

Voters in Washington state have received their Primary Election ballots and if recent elections, and early return rates are any indication, the percentage of people that will bother voting between now and Aug. 2 will be shamefully low. But the good news is, with such a small percentage of the state’s 4 million eligible voters likely to return their ballots, union members have a great opportunity to make sure that champions of working families advance to the General Election.

Check out the full list of WSLC-endorsed candidates.

Big Turnout for Solidarity Night, Fun for All

Solidarity Night this year was a lot of fun!! The weather was perfect for a game and attendees took full advantage of the $2 food selections. Thanks to Machinists 751, SPEEA, the United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Labor Council for providing fun and informational handouts which included yoyos, airplanes, balloons, carpenter pencils, woven grocery bags, union information and candy. By game time the tables were empty.

We don’t have attendance figures yet but everyone was talking about the great turnout. In other years we have had tickets left over – not this year! We ended up handing out 5,000 tickets to the affiliates and many were still asking for tickets the week of the game.

A “big thanks” to the following Unions for their contributions:

Aerospace Machinists Local 751, Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 883, Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 1576, Carpenters Local 70, County and City Employees Local 1811CA, Electrical Workers Local 46, Electrical Workers Local 77, Electrical Workers Local 191, Laborers Local 292, National Letter Carriers Local 791, Office and Professional Workers Local 8, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 26, Professional Technical Engineers Local 17, SEIU 1199NW, Sheet Metal Workers Local 66, SPEEA Local 2001, Teamsters Local 38, Teamsters Local 117, Teamsters Local 174, Teamsters Local 231, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.


Another "thank you" to those who volunteered for their unions, the United Way and the Snohomish County Labor Council. Your participation is always appreciated.

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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