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Labor Organizations

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Statewide coalition of labor unions for political action and education on workers’ issues. http://www.wslc.org/, Seattle: 206-281-8901; Olympia: 360-943-0608

County Labor Councils

County coalitions of labor unions for collective political and job action:

AFL-CIO

America’s Union Movement, national coalition of labor unions, http://www.aflcio.org/.

National Senior Advocacy Organization

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), http://retiredamericans.org/.

Labor Constituency Groups

Worker advocates within the labor movement:

Labor Archives of Washington State

Funded by the Washington State Labor Council, the ILWU Longshore Division, the Harry Bridges Labor Center at the University of Washington, and many more labor unions and and individuals. http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/laws/

Senior Services and Information

Community Advocates

Government

Washington State

  • Toll-free Legislative Hotline for messages to legislators and Governor: 1-800-562-6000
  • Governor Jay Inslee, http://www.governor.wa.gov/, 360-902-4111
  • Washington State Insurance Commissioner (SHIBA) State Health Insurance Benefits Advisor and Consumer Advocacy: 1-800-562-6900, cad@oic.wa.gov
  • Washington State Attorney General, Consumer Protection: 1-800-551-4636, http://www.atg.wa.gov/

City of Seattle

  • Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
  • Senior Information and Assistance: 206-448-3110; 1-888-324-2277
  • People Point Bridge to Benefits – Free and reduced-cost programs and services: 206-684-0355, http://peoplepoint.org/

Federal

United States Representatives

Regional Offices

Newspaper Contacts

  • The Seattle Times – P.O. Box 70 – Seattle, WA 98111 – E-mail: opinion@ seattletimes.com
  • Ballard News Tribune – 2208 NW Market – Seattle, WA 98107 – E-mail: rebekahs@robinsonnews.com
  • Capitol Hill Times – P.O. Box 80156 – Seattle, WA 98108 – Newspaper Editor: Vera M. Chan-Pool – Email: Editor@capitolhilltimes.com
  • Bellingham Herald – P. O. Box 1277 – Bellingham, WA 98227-1277 – E-mail: jdonalds@bellingh.gannett.com
  • The News Tribune – P. O. Box 11000 – Tacoma, WA 98411-0008 – E-mail: sandy.durham@mail.tribnet.com
  • The Everett Herald – P. O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206-0930 – E-mail: newshound@heraldnet.com
  • The Olympian – P. O. Box 407, Olympia, WA 98507-0407 – E-mail: pbose@olympia.gannett.com

Senior Centers

  • Central Area Senior Center, (206) 726-4926
  • North Shore Senior Center, (206) 487-24411
  • Ballard NW Senior Center, (206) 297-0403
  • Senior Center of West Seattle, (206) 932-4044
  • Shoreline Senior Center, (206) 365-1536
  • Southeast Senior Center, (206) 722-2768

Other Useful Resources

“They Represent You,” a nonpartisan resource published by The League of Women Voters, http://www.lwv.org/

SHIBA Launches New Medicare Web Pages, SHIBA has created a series of new web pages called “What is Medicare?” geared to help people who will soon become eligible for Medicare to understand their options. The pages were tested by having people age 60-64 review them. The effort attempts to help improve user performance. View the pages from the SHIBA’s Medicare home page: http://www.insurance.wa.gov/consumers/medicare/