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As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. We worry about setting aside enough for a secure retirement, health expenses and our children's educations. We need to elect leaders who care about working people and side with us, not just the wealthy and corporations. What issues will be on your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. Read more >>>

Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

  The Jerry Beckendorf Community Service Scholarship encourages future generations of union activists and volunteers by recognizing outstanding student volunteerism. Since 2003, $52,750 has been awarded to 85 graduating seniors from union families in Pierce County.

A long-time community leader, Jerry Beckendorf retired from the United Way of Pierce County after serving 15 years as the United Way and Pierce County Labor Council's Labor Liaison. His commitment and efforts to build a better community continue to impact the lives of Pierce County residents.

 Join the Pierce County Central Labor Council, community leaders and labor supporters for two events Monday, Sept. 2.

A short memorial ceremony will be held at the gravesite of longtime labor activist, poet, author and songwriter, Ralph Chaplin.  He dedicated his life to the cause of organized labor. He is credited with penning the words to the internationally recognized anthem of the labor movement, "Solidarity Forever".

Labor Day Memorial Service for Ralph Chaplin
When: Monday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Calvary Cemetery, 5212 70th Street West, Tacoma

Immediately following the memorial serivce, you are welcome to join us for our Annual Labor Day Picnic, co-sponsored by the Pierce County Central Labor Council and Washington Federation of State Employess Local 793.  This event will feature a mouth-watering barbecue menu ribs, steaks, hamburgers, salads, watermelon and homemade desserts (plus much more!), a sing along with Labor Council President Vance Lelli and raffle drawings throughout the afternoon.

Labor Day Picnic
Co-Sponsored by PCCLC and WFSE 793
When: Monday, Sept. 2 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ft. Steilacoom Park Picnic Pavilion 9200 Steilacoom Blvd SW


Show your pride and wear your union colors!

Flyers for both events can be found when you click through to read more.
 

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The statistics are shocking: 1 in 5 people in Pierce County must rely on food banks.  Most have jobs, but don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.  Peanut Butter is an excellent source of protein with a long shelf life.  Sadly, it is not cost-effective for the Emergency Food Network to purchase large quantities of it for distribution.  They must rely soley on what is dontated.

With that in mind, three years ago the Pierce County Central Labor Council began what has become it's annual Peanut Butter Drive.  Between National peanut butter day (Jan. 24) and the delegate meeting immediately prior to the Letter Carriers Food Drive (May 8) we will collect as much union-made JIF peanut butter as we can to donate to the EFN.

In 2012, we collected 3,904 pounds of JIF.  

Can it be beat? Read more >>>

Do you know a son or daughter of a union member who will be continuing their education after high school in 2013?

If so, they are invited to apply for the Jerry Beckendorf Community Service Scholarship.
This is the11th year the scholarship has been offered.

  • Applicants must complete a 500-word essay describing their most rewarding volunteer activities and what they learned from the experience. They must also:
  • Be a high school student in Pierce County, Washington.
  • Have at least one parent or guardian who is a member of a labor union
  • Plan to attend college or university, community college or junior college, trade or technical school in the fall of 2013.

Applications can be downloaded here, or picked up at the Central Labor Council office.

 

America was built on the promise of rewards for hard work, equal opportunity and holding cheaters accountable.


This list is current as of September 12, 2012. If a race or ballot measure does not appear on this list, there has been no endorsement in that race.
 

America was built on the promise of rewards for hard work, equal opportunity and holding cheaters accountible.

The Pierce County Central Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council have researched and interviewed candidates for elected office.  Our delegate bodies then voted on recommendations for those that best represent these values for our members.

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February Delegate Meeting Rescheduled

The February 8, 2012, meeting of the Pierce County Central Labor Council has been rescheduled to February 15, 2012, by action taken by members of the Delegate Body on January 11, 2012.

Do you know a son or daughter of a union member who will be continuing their education after high school in 2012?

If so, they are invited to apply for the Jerry Beckendorf Community Service Scholarship.
This is the10th year the scholarship has been offered.

Applicants must complete a 500-word essay describing their most rewarding volunteer activities and what they learned from the experience. They must also:

  • Be a high school student in Pierce County, Washington.
  • Have at least one parent or guardian who is a member of a labor union
  • Plan to attend college or university, community college or junior college, trade or technical school in the fall of 2012.

Applications can be downloaded here, or picked up at the Central Labor Council office.

The 2011 General election will be here soon. Over the past few months, your central labor council has done due diligence to see that those candidates who support working families are found and supported.

 

Don't get caught in the web of non-union candy this Halloween season ... print our handy guide to union made sweet treats to hand out to the goblins at your door.

The Pierce County Central Labor counci lis invited to hear WSLC President Jeff Johnson on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

President Johnson will speak about current labor and working class issues facing Washington state today.

Where:  
Firefighters Hall
1109 South 50th Street (50th and South L Streets)

Follow this link to see the invitation.

Join our brothers and sisters of the four employee unions of the United States Postal Service and members of the community at the offices of the following members of Congress on Tuesday, September 27th, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to send a message to Congress to SAVE AMERICA’S POSTAL SERVICE!

 

Join Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, International Vice Presidents, community members and elected leaders for a march and rally in support of Teamsters at Fred Meyer.

Let's tell Fred Meyer to Stop Hurting Washington's families!! 

When: Friday September 9, 2011
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Puyallup Recreation Center
               808 Valley Ave NW
               Puyallup 98371

Click to read the message from PCCLC Secretary Treasurer Patty Rose.

The 2011 Primary is fast upon us. Over the past few months, your central labor council has done due diligence to see that those candidates who support working families are found and supported. 

 

No region has a more dramatic and consequential labor history that the Pacific Northwest. The Labor Archives of Washington State was founded in 2010 to preserve and make accessible the records of working people and their unions, documenting the local, national, and international dimensions of the labor movement in this region.

Do you know a son or daughter of a union member who will be continuing their education after high school in 2011?

If so, they are invited to apply for the Jerry Beckendorf Community Service Scholarship.

This is the 8th year the scholarship has been offered.

Applicants must complete a 500-word essay describing their most rewarding volunteer activities and what they learned from the experience.  They must also:

  • Be a high school student in Pierce County, Washington.
  • Have at least one parent or guardian who is a member of a labor union
  • Plan to attend college or university, community college or junior college, trade or technical school in the fall of 2011.

Applications can be downloaded here, or picked up at the Central Labor Council office.

The 2010 election is fast upon us. Over the past few months, your central labor council has done due diligence to see that those candidates who support working families are found and supported.

What does Labor Day mean to you? The last 3-day weekend of summer? The start of the football season? Last minute shopping for school clothes?

In 1892, it meant so much to union workers in New York City that they took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square demanding a national holiday honoring American workers. Two years later and after many brutal labor struggles, Labor Day was born.

Each year the Pierce County Central Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council recommends candidates that support working men and women. The attached file contains our endorsements for 2010.

On November 11, 1919, there was a showdown in Centralia, WA between members of the American Legion and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Four Legionnaires were killed and an IWW organizer, Nathan Wesley Everest, was tortured and lynched. Eight IWW members were sentenced to 25-40 years in prison for shooting the Legionnaires, but no community members were ever brought to trial for the lynching of Everest. This year marks the 90th anniversary of this tragedy.

See the full story and download the .pdf for details.

Your elected delegates and other members have been working hard to interview and screen the candidates for positions across our county. The process focuses on how candidates will stand up for the rights of the working men and women of all sectors in our economy.

Their recommendations were then voted by the delegate body.

You can click here to download a .pdf of the recommendations:

General Election 2009 Endorsements.

Labor Day -- the last 3-day weekend of the summer or an opportunity to take a few minutes to remember Ralph Chaplin and all our own local labor leaders who helped keep the spirit of trade unionism alive for our generation?

Please take a few minutes this Labor Day to join us at our annual memorial ceremony honoring the life and accomplishments of longtime labor activist and songwriter, Ralph Chaplin. Among his many contributions to the labor movement is the writing of the words to "Solidarity Forever," the national anthem for organized labor. This short memorial service will be held at Calvary Cemetery, in Tacoma, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 7, 2009. See the attached flyer for additional information.

Bring the whole family to the annual Labor Day picnic starting at noon in Wright Park. Enjoy a free barbecue (hot dogs and hamburgers), live music by "Loose Gravel and the Quarry," and lots of fun kids' games. The highlight of the day is the annual tug-o-war between Unions. Who will take home the bragging rights this year? Put together a team from your Union -- no experience necessary -- or just cheer for your favorite. Contact Todd Iverson at America in Solidarity (253) 473-1123 or todd@americainsolidrity.org for more information.

To learn more about the life of Ralph Chaplin and his role as a leader of the union movement in the early part of this century, read Witness to History: The Life and Times of Ralph Chaplin, by Maria Pascualy, on the Washington State Historical Society's web site: http://columbia.washingtonhistory.org/magazine/articles/2001/0201/0201-a2.aspx.

Take Action Today!

Health Care Can’t Wait!
This week, Congress goes back to work on important health care legislation that could address our country’s health care crisis by lowering costs, making private insurers play by fair rules, and providing affordable coverage for everyone.

Can you make a quick call to your Members of Congress and ask them to stand firm for health care reform that provides quality, affordable health care to everyone in America?
CALL 1-877-264-HCAN (4226)
TO BE CONNECTED TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Here is a sample of what you could say to Senators or Representatives:

I’m calling from Health Care for America Now to make sure that Sen. Cantwell knows that we need real health care reform in 2009.

Please tell Senator Cantwell to support the legislation from the HELP Committee that provides:

  • Coverage we can afford;
  • Comprehensive benefits we can count on;
  • Choice of a private or public health insurance plan; and
  • Equal access to quality care.

Join the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Independent Unions from around the Puget Sound for the 29th annual Solidarity Day and food drive at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Sunday, July 26, gates open at noon.

The Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is the county federation of labor representing over 50,000 members of 85+ unions throughout Pierce County. The mission of the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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