About Us & Our Services


The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC), in partnership with the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), received a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grant in July of 2010 to provide enhanced technical assistance in the Trade Adjustment Assistance program in Washington State. The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) was also an active supporter of this initiative.

The WSLC and workforce system partners have worked together to help workers and businesses access the TAA program and other dislocated worker and layoff aversion services for over twenty-five years.

USDOL grant funds allowed us to build the infrastructure for even greater service to union and non-union workers and firms in their efforts to access TAA program benefits via a TAA-Washington website, video, and easy-access materials. While the grant has ended, the tools and services are still available.

The services we provide to all Washington workers and firms include:

  • Basic guidance in the TAA program and accessing benefits;
  • Technical assistance in filing comprehensive TAA petitions;
  • Timely information about active and pending TAA certifications; and,
  • Help accessing other non-TAA programs for laid off workers and struggling businesses.

Key WSLC staff include:

Workforce Labor Liaisons:
Bill Messenger (360)357-8736
Caitlyn Jekel (360)705-9469


Key ESD staff include:

TAA Program Operator:

Sue Keltner (360)515-8303