On April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day is observed. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was signed into law on April 28 that year to address the grievous working conditions that were harming far fewer American workers then than are harmed today. The anniversary of that signing is now Workers’ Memorial Day. “Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn but important time to reflect on the lives lost at worksites throughout Washington state,” said Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “COVID-19 has awakened many to the harm that workers face on the job every day when they are not protected from known hazards. It’s never been more clear that workers need to join together in unions and demand safer working conditions if they want that to change.” Read more.
This year is an election year, so there are candidates in your area and around the state who want your vote. But which candidates truly care about the hardworking folks who provide public services?
The WPEA political committee our members’ chance to make sure we elect candidates who will stand up for the rights of public employees. Come join your fellow WPEA members to meet the candidates and help decide which ones deserve our members’ support.
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For the past few months, Olivia Muzzy and Lisa Longmire (KRL/WPEA) have been involved in planning this workshop opportunity with the Washington State Labor Council, the Kitsap Central Labor Council and the Olympic Labor Council - we now have a date/time for this workshop, and a poster to share with you! "Courageous Conversations on Race and the Labor Movement" is a (free) workshop intended to provide a practical toolkit to identify the impacts of racism in the workplace and how we can build union solidarity through recognizing and responding to instances of racism. This is a hybrid style workshop, with an option to attend via Zoom as well as two in-person locations (in Silverdale and in Port Angeles). The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 from 5:45-7:45pm.
You can learn more about WSLC's Race and Labor initiatives here: https://www.wslc.org/race-and-labor/
Workshop information and registration here: https://tinyurl.com/wslcMay192022 and when registering, it will ask for the International Union affiliation - you will choose "United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)", as that is WPEA's parent organization.
A HUGE thank you to our outstanding members that have worked so hard to put this together! We thank you for all you do!