Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council
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When workers join together in unions, they have more power to negotiate better wages and benefits.That’s why union members earn nearly 20% more than their nonunion counterparts, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s also why union members are more likely to have health care benefits, retirement security, and safer workplaces.
The debate over raising wages will define the economic future for millions of Americans. Common Sense Economics® (CSE) empowers working people by providing information on critical economic issues and how these issues impact our daily lives.
Every day, public employees in Washington State work hard to make our state a great place to live, work, and grow up. Since the 1940s, they have worked together to advocate for our communities and public agencies. Together, they form the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). “Washington counts on us.
The Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council's new organizing program, the South Sound Labor School, was recently featured in the AFL-CIO's Service & Solidarity Spotlight. Click here to read the article, then join the South Sound Labor School on May 1st at Olympia's Heritage Park for our May Day Celebration.
Background: On October 13th, 2022, it was announced that Kroger and Albertsons would pursue a $24.6 billion mega-merger, joining together two of the largest standalone grocery chains in the United States. This merger would be devastating for workers and consumers alike and must be stopped.
StopTheMerger.FactSheet.pdf
As we move into 2023, the Thurston Lewis Mason Central Labor Council's Community Services Committee will be holding a series of meetings to find out how our CLC can serve the working people in our community better.
Happy new year, union members in Olympia! The festivities are over, and now it's back to the daily grind. When you're in the midst of that daily grind, it can feel pretty isolating... but remember, you're not alone.
Solidarity_Night_flier.pdf
The Thurston- Mason-Lewis County Central Labor Council is proud to sponsor the SkillsUSA Carpentry competition at the West Sound Tech Skills center. Local students from the state of Washington will compete utilizing their carpentry skills and we will be contributing prizes to participants in the competition.
It's not too late yet to find that perfect holiday gift that carries a union label and is made in America.
9/13 is “Investor Day” at Starbucks HQ, where investors gather to decide how to spend profits. SBWU workers are staging a rally to make sure investors know who created these profits – the workers. Starbucks has gone all in on illegal union-busting tactics, attempting to intimidate workers. But Seattle is a union town – and Washington is a worker-first state.
It was a busy convention summer for Labor with both the AFL CIO Convention in Philadelphia and the Washington State Labor Council Convention in Wenatchee. Conventions are fun but they're also a lot of work.
After a long, long time it's time to get back together and celebrate, working people in Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties! Join the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council for the return of our annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, Sept.
Labor Day 2022 Flier.pdf
Candidates that received TLMCLC endorsements were frequently successful in the November 2021 election and  it paid off as Labor accomplished a lot. Read more about Labor's successes by clicking HERE. Now the 2022 election is coming up and as a movement we hope to continue to make gains in legislation.
How do we talk to members and coworkers who think differently than us about politics, racial and gender justice, union membership, or other issues? Would you like to be a better leader in your workplace and a voice for change.
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.
When the TransAlta Coal mine closed and laid off 600 workers in 2006, Lewis County lost its biggest employer. In 2011, the TransAlta Coal plant eliminated another 300 jobs and announced its intention to close by 2025.  To help with the community’s transition away from coal, TransAlta, environmental groups and the State of Washington agreed to create a 55$ million coal transition funds.
On Monday, Port of Chehalis staff were among the crowd present for the 110th-anniversary remembrance ceremony honoring the memory of "The Girls" at Greenwood Cemetery in Chehalis.
The AFL-CIO, the state labor councils and our own Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council are working to assure that everyone possible hears about what the PRO ACT would do for working people in America. Our Labor Council has financially supported the marketing of this bill in the States of Washington and Alaska because we really believe in it. You might ask yourself, what is the Pro Act.

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Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council
PO Box 66
Olympia, WA 98507
 

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