The Workers' Rights Manual is an easy-to-use reference guide to workplace rights for all workers in Washington State. Feel free to download any of the versions listed on the left. The second edition of the manual which is available here was last updated as of March 2008. The laws that govern workplace rights are constantly changing and one of the goals of the Labor Center is to keep the long version of the guide available on this website updated. At this time we do not have the staff resources to devote to this ongoing research work but will announce when new information has been added.
Keep in mind that the Workers' Rights Manual is meant to be used as an informative guide, but it is NOT a substitute for legal advice.
We have already distributed all available printed copies of the manuals and hope to be able to devote future resources to a third printed edition with updated information.
Many thanks to the unions and community groups who contributed to the cost of translation and printing a substantial number of both the pocket edition and the longer desk version of the manual in English and Spanish. Thanks also to the individuals who did the translation work. All individuals and organizations that contributed time and resources are listed in the Acknowledgements section.
The first edition of this manual was a project of an Evergreen State College class in the 2004 program, "Justice at Work" taught by Sarah Ryan and Arleen Sandifer.