State labor leader to address Democrats in Issaquah

May 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2011

Kathy Cummings, communications director for the Washington State Labor Council, is due to address local Democrats about workers’ income and rights May 18.

Cummings, a Sammamish resident, plans to address the 5th District Democrats after issues in the aftermath of a fierce debate about public employees’ rights in Wisconsin.

“Washington state is not Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean working families here aren’t facing similar attacks,” she said in a release. “This legislative session alone we have seen right-to-work legislation introduced, attempts to lower the minimum wage, assaults on ferry workers’ collective bargaining and an attempt to destroy our model worker’s comp system.”

The local 5th District Democrats meet at 7 p.m. at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. The meeting is open to the public.

The legislative district stretches from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass, and from Sammamish to Maple Valley.

The labor council considers itself to be the “voice of labor” in Washington. The council represents and providing services for hundreds of local unions and trade councils.

Before joining the labor movement, Cummings worked for CNN, NBC and PBS before joining the labor movement. In addition, she has been active in supporting the rights of women in journalism.

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