Register for WSLC’s 2023 legislative events
At the State Labor Council’s reception and conference Feb. 2-3 in Olympia, union members will learn about working families’ issues and meet with their legislators
OLYMPIA (Dec. 15, 2022) — After another successful effort in 2022 by Washington’s union movement to support the election of pro-worker candidates, it’s time to make sure working families carry that momentum into the 2023 legislative session that begins on Jan. 9. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is gearing up for its 2023 Legislative Reception and Conference on Feb. 2-3 at the Olympia Hotel on Capitol Lake. After conducting virtual conferences throughout the pandemic, the WSLC is very excited to be able to meet in-person in 2023 while adhering to CDC-recommended COVID-19 testing and safety protocols.
Under the theme “Better Jobs, Stronger Communities,” the conference will explore and explain priority legislative issues facing organized labor. After learning about these issues and meeting some key legislative leaders, delegates will meet with their state senators and representatives to urge their support for pro-worker legislation.
TAKE A STAND — The WSLC urges members, staffers and leaders of all affiliated unions to register for the conference by Friday, Jan. 20. Early registration helps the WSLC secure appointments with legislative offices so everyone has an opportunity to connect face-to-face with their legislators.
WSLC’s 2023 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION & CONFERENCE
Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502
THURSDAY, FEB. 2 — Early check-in at 5 p.m.; Lobbying 101 at 5:30 p.m.;
WSLC Legislative Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 3 — Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; WSLC Lobbying Conference begins at 8:30 a.m.
COST: $135 Reception & Conference; $60 Reception only
HOTEL INFORMATION: Conference participants can book their rooms online here or by calling the hotel directly at 800-206-9339 and letting them know you are with the “WSLC 2023” group. To get the group rate, please book by Jan. 20, 2023.
QUESTIONS about registration? Please contact Willa Kamakahi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WSLC is currently meeting with its affiliated unions and finalizing its 2023 Legislative Agenda, which will be announced the first week of January before the session begins.
By joining together and speaking with one voice, union members can support each other’s priority legislative issues and build more worker power in Washington state. Please make sure your union is part of this effort in 2023 by registering now for the WSLC Legislative Reception and Conference.
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Join UAW 4121 rally on Jan. 11 against privatized UW housing
UPDATED (Jan. 11, 2023) This rally is also in support of members of Washington State Federation of State Employees Local 1495, whose custodial and maintenance work at existing UW housing could be contracted out.
The following is from UAW 4121:
SEATTLE — UAW 4121, the union of Academic Student Employees, Postdocs, and Research Scientists/Engineers A-4 at the University of Washington, and the tenants of UW’s “Housing 4” properties will rally on Wednesday against privatized student and family housing. The rally will take place outside the UW Regents meeting and will end with public comments at the meeting.
The purpose of this rally is for residents of Radford Court, Blakeley Village, Laurel Village and Nordheim Court to stand together with UW community members to tell UW that unilaterally privatizing student and family housing is a bad call. This stance comes in response to the Regents’ September 2022 decision to offload graduate student and family housing to a private real estate company via a long-term land lease, which would leave current residents displaced and/or severely rent burdened by the new “market rate” rent. This deal is intended to line the Housing and Food Services budget, at the expense of UW’s own graduate students and families.
TAKE A STAND — All union members and community supporters are invited to join the rally at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Red Square on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.
This rally is just one element of a larger campaign by UAW 4121 for more safe and affordable housing for the entire UW community, just as the fate of these housing properties is part of a larger picture of Seattle’s expensive and inaccessible housing market. As a public university — not to mention a prominent employer and landlord — UW should make decisions for the good of their own community and the wider public, rather than displacing its own staff and students.
► Oct. 21, 2022 in The Stranger — Hey, UW: Don’t privatize our student housing (by Erin Angelini, Anne Duncan, Levin Kim, Avi Matarasso and Jake Wilson) — The housing crisis in the Seattle area is about to get even worse because of bad decisions made by the people who are entrusted with leading our public university. Recently, the UW administration announced that they plan to accept bids to privatize four major student housing developments. Through our union, UAW Local 4121, Academic Student Employees and Postdocs are calling UW to account: we are coming together to demand housing justice predicated on the notion that everyone deserves housing that is stable, affordable, and accessible.
UAW Local 4121 is the Union at UW of Academic Student Employees and Postdocs. We are RAs, TAs, Tutors, Graders, Trainees, Fellows, and Postdoctoral Scholars. We are more than 6,000 strong at all three UW campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. UW works because we do.