Phone: (360) 818-1877
SWWACLC Statement On Race and Labor

We are members of various unions in Southwest Washington. We are parents, we are workers, and we are citizens in our communities. The Southwest Washington Central Labor Council firmly stands together in unity with and for our black brothers, sisters, and siblings of the labor movement, and for ALL black lives in our communities and around the world.

We acknowledge that the outrage expressed at the murder of George Floyd represents centuries of systemic oppression, and that our silence in the face of injustice is complicity. We acknowledge that policing in the United States has deep roots in anti-Black racism, and we condemn any and all police brutality. We stand with the National AFL-CIO in calling for policing reforms. Police officers should be held accountable. Many police unions are independent guilds and have stood outside of the union council umbrella by choice. There are no IUPA locals affiliated with the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council or the Washington State Labor Council. 

Unions have played and continue to play a key role in furthering equality and justice for all workers. Our collective bargaining agreements hold management accountable to just hiring, promotion, and compensation. Racial and economic justice are woven together inseparably, and strong unions help to combat racial injustice and promote our collective power. 

We do acknowledge our history, and the fact that unions have been complicit in the past, at times fostering racism. We have been and are committed to change. Racism is an enemy of working people. Racism plays an injurious role in the daily lives of all rank and file workers. It undermines the collective power in the fight against police brutality, voter disenfranchisement, racism in hiring practices, disparities in health care, disparities in wages and the school- to- prison pipeline. “An injury to one is an injury to all”: we are on a journey toward becoming antiracists, and we are committed individually to calling each other into this work and holding one another accountable. 

As members of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, we have taken an oath to vote in our national, state, and local elections. We try to elect those officials who have our same values and vision for a strong middle class. We work hard with our elected officials on labor and trade policies. Trying to promote working friendly legislation while fighting against those policies that have undermined workers’ rights and access to wealth which have disproportionately impacted Black workers, workers of color, and other marginalized groups.

We can all take action by using our voices at the ballot box to vote for leaders who will work for racial justice and promote union and labor values which raise the living standards for ALL working people. 

We are all in this together. 

In Solidarity,

Your Sisters, Brothers and Siblings of Labor

Affiliates of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council

American Federation of Teachers/Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Practitioners 5017A

Amalgamated Transit Union 757

Bricklayers 1

Bakery, Confectionery tobacco, and Grain Millers (114, 364)

Battleground Education Association

Camas Education Association

Clark College Association of Higher Education

Columbia Pacific Building Trades

Columbia Newspaper Guild/CWA 37082

Communication Workers of America 7812

Electrical Workers (77,48,125)

Elevator Constructors 23

Evergreen Education Association

Fire Fighters (452,1805,4574)

International Association of Heat and frost Insulators 36

International Association Theatre and Stage Employees 28

Laborers 335

Letter Carriers 1104

Machinists (63,1005,1885, W536)

Office and Professional Employees (8,11,277)

Operating Engineers 701

Painters and Allied Trades (10, 1236) 

Professional and Technical Engineers 17

Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (Portland Local)

Sheetmetal Workers 16

State County and municipal employees (328, CN 28, RPE9)

Teamsters 117

United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (26, 290)

Unite Here 8 (Hotel employees restaurant employees)

Vancouver Education Association

Washington Education Association - Riverside Uniserv Council

Washington Public Employees Association / UFCW Local 365

Washington State Nurses Association - PeaceHealth

Page Last Updated: Jul 02, 2020 (15:07:52)
Contact Info
Southwest Washington Central Labor Council
PO Box 61929
Vancouver, WA 98666-1929
  (360) 818-1877

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