On Friday, January 28th, labor activists from throughout the state gathered to discuss the 2022 Legislative Agenda and advocate for much needed policies for working people. Throughout the state, members of the labor movement met with their representatives and affiliates of the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council met with representatives from the 20th and 10th districts.
You can read about the major priorities of the 2022 Workers’ Recovery Agenda here.
Major points of advocacy for the 2022 legislative session are the following:
Support and Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities
SBs 5600 and 5764 promote family-wage career opportunities, support students, and help meet labor demands in sectors ready for skilled workers.
Retain and Respect Our Healthcare Workforce
SB 5751 / HB 1868 would protect healthcare workers, improve care for patients, and begin to address the hospital staffing crisis.
Improve Energy Facility Siting and Permitting
HB 1812 would modernize the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to meet the state’s clean energy goals.
Investment in Transportation
A bold 2022 transportation investment package can meet pressing infrastructure demands while creating job and apprenticeship opportunities across the state.
Raises for Essential Public Service Workers
Recognize and honor the workers who’ve provided uninterrupted public services amid the pandemic by making sure they are fairly paid.
Read more about the 2022 Workers’ Recovery Agenda at The Washington State Labor Council advocacy page and The Stand.