1. Gala tickets are now available for purchase at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters
$60 per ticket. To purchase tickets or to donate an item for the auction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-336-1555 during office hours (Monday – Friday, Noon to 4:00pm). Also, you may purchase tickets online by going to the homepage and clicking on the ‘Donate‘ button. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats.
The Gala scheduled for Jun 1 has some volunteer positions to fill during the event. The Gala is our major fund raising event of the year. Time committment for Gala volunteers begins at 4:00pm and ends right after the live auction. If you are interested please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email staff@skagitdemocrats and request more information. A Gala Team member will return your call.
2. NEW – Skagit County Democrats would like to extend a warm welcome to: Sunaina Virendra, Captain for Precinct 117 (Country Club) and Brian Adams, Captain for Precinct 164 (Fidalgo)
Thanks for joining us in our efforts to elect more local, state, and national Democrats! Welcome Aboard!
3. NEW – The next Gala Team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Apr 18, 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernmon
4. The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Apr 20, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse, 15426 Airport Drive, Burlington
5. Call for Headquarters volunteers for the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Apr 19, 20, and 21
Skagit County Democrats try to keep the Headquarters doors open during the Tulip Festival Street Fair. It takes 12 or more people to do so. Sunday of the street fair this year is Easter. Shift coverage is needed as follows:
Friday and Saturday – 9:30am – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Sunday – 9:30am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm
If more than 6-8 volunteers sign up to work with a key carrier some hours could be shortened. Please call Headquarters at 360-336-1555 or email email@example.com to volunteer.
6. A doorbelling event is being scheduled for Anacortes, Saturday, Apr 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm, organizing location – Bob Doll’s house, 1319 8th Street, Anacortes
The event is being organized by Northwest Field Organizer Alex del Rosario in collaboration with the 40th Legislative District Democrats and Fidalgo Democrats.
7. Sno-Isle PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) Training, Apr 28, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Stanwood Sno-Isle Library, 9701 271st Street Northwest, Stanwood
Target Audience: PCOs from Camano and north Snohomish County, but all Skagit, Island, and Snohomish County PCOs are welcome. This training is appropriate for newly elected or appointed PCOs as well as seasoned veterans. Dinner will be provided. Can’t yet say what will be served, but I’m sure it will be fabulous. Alex Del Rosario, our WA-Dems organizer, will be the presenter. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get an accurate count for food planning.
8. NEW – Observe the annual WORKER MEMORIAL DAY on Monday, Apr 29, Noon, Worker Memorial Monument on the Bellingham Library lawn, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham
The site is across from Bellingham City Hall. This is a remembrance ceremony for our brothers and sisters that have died due to injury, disease or accident on the job this past year. April 28 is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. See the 2018 edition of the Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report shows how too many workers remain at serious risk of workplace injury, illness and death at https://aflcio.org/sites/default/files/2018-04/DOTJ2018nb.pdf.
From the most recent reporting in 2016, 5,190 workers lost their lives on the job as a result of traumatic injuries. Each day in this country, an average of 14 workers die because of job injuries — women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. This does not include those workers who die from occupational diseases, estimated to be 50,000–60,000 each year. Chronic occupational diseases receive less attention because most are not detected for years after workers are exposed to toxic chemicals, and occupational illnesses are often misdiagnosed and poorly tracked. On average at least 150 workers die each day due to job injuries and illnesses. To see NWWCLC’s events, issues, and more, go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestWashingtonCentralLaborCouncil/?ref=br_rs.
9. NEW – Department of Labor Process Safety Rules – Public Comments, Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Burlington Senior/Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave
Please attend this very important meeting! The subject? Worker safety and what you can do about it. Skagit County residents haven’t forgotten the more than dozen lives tragically lost, the families devastated in the last thirty years, by explosions and fires at our local refineries.
Now, at long last, the Washington State Deptartment of Labor and Industry is taking action, tightening and expanding the rules that govern worker safety at our refineries—and your fellow workers, your friends and neighbors, need you to be part of that process. Those new rules, which go by the name of Process Safety Management, are about to be announced, followed by a public comment period. Please attend the May 2nd meeting to learn more about the rules themselves and what you can do to ensure they are adopted. Your fellow workers’ lives and health, the health of our Skagit County environment, and the communities in which we live depend on it. To see NWWCLC’s events, issues, and more, go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestWashingtonCentralLaborCouncil/?ref=br_rs .
10. NEW – To help Grocery Workers, go to their Facebook page to see actions you can take to stand with workers and support good grocery jobs in our communities
Right now, over 20,000 grocery store workers in Washington and over 100,000 across the Western US are at bargaining tables with their corporate employers. They are negotiating over wages and working conditions that will set job standards for the whole industry. Keep an eye on this page going forward for actions you can take to stand with workers and support good grocery jobs in our communities.
11. NEW – Links of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.