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Jobs are precarious, health-care costs are skyrocketing, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living—no wonder young people are organizing.

https://www.thenation.com/article/millennials-are-keeping-unions-alive/

Call Legislature’s toll-free message center on three key bills

Today, we focus on three key bills that need floor votes by Feb. 14. Here goes:

The Taxpayer Protection Act (2SHB 1851), our bill to bring transparency and accountability to state contracting, is waiting for a vote of the full House.

Latest Children’s Lobby Day brings Spokane members’ message to their legislators; make plans now for Presidents' Day Lobby Day

PHOTO (left to right): Maria Tart-Van Blaricum. Lonnie Lloyd, Sandra Hilzendeger, Norm LeBlanc and Amanda Plumb.

A group of Spokane Local 1221 members from DSHS Children’s Administration were at the Capitol today for the latest CA Lobby Day.

The Local 1221 group met in the morning with their 7th Dist. Sen. Shelly Short and one of their House members, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber.

“CRISIS POINT”: SEATTLE’S SPOKANE STREET DOT MEMBERS CALL FOR ACTION ON ENCAMPMENT CLEANUP PROTECTIONS

Protecting DOT members cleaning up homeless encampments is at a “crisis point” and the union and Seattle Local 378 members are pushing the agency to amp up action.

To stress the need to address the crisis, the Spokane Street DOT members last week held a solidarity event to show they’re standing together for the safety of co-workers and the public.

Business community gangs up our priority outsourcing transparency bill

Our priority bill to bring transparency and accountability when a state agency wants to contract out state employee work has a bull’s-eye on its back as the business community lined up to try to kill it at a rare House hearing Saturday.

Part-timers bill lauded at Appropriations Committee

Also Saturday (Feb. 3), Federation Lobbyist Matt Zuvich urged the House Appropriations Committee to keep the ball rolling on the bill to add all part-time state employees to state civil service.

“It’s a worker-friendly bill,” Zuvich said of HB 2669.