All union members and community supporters are urged to attend a Labor Rally to Protect Striking Workers on Wednesday, Feb. 28 on the State Capitol Steps in Olympia. Participants will be standing together to support HB 1893, which would allow striking workers to access limited Unemployment Insurance benefits. This bill has passed the Washington State House of Representatives but has yet to get a vote in the State Senate.

WHAT: Rally to Protect Striking Workers
WHEN: Wed, February 28 @11am
WHERE: Capitol Steps, Olympia

Transportation from the Union Hall in Tukwila will be provided. Please meet at the Hall at 10:00 A.M. on February 28. We will be returning from Olympia at 1:30 P.M. Please be sure to register for this event!

Register for the Rally!

Participants will begin gathering on the Capitol Steps at about 11 a.m. and a brief program will start at noon. Wear your Union colors and work gear, and bring Union signs and banners.

Without HB 1893, intransigent employers can use the threat of evictions, repossessions, and other extreme economic hardships as a bargaining strategy. In particular, this harms low-wage workers who can not afford to exercise their right to withhold their labor.

If HB 1893 is approved, Washington would join New York, New Jersey and Maine in allowing striking workers access to this critical safety net. This would help level theplaying field, discourage extreme economic hardship as an employer bargaining strategy, and promote good-faith contract negotiations.

Please make plans to attend the Feb. 28 rally and show your support for this important legislation. RSVP today!