The Stand
Archive for: April, 2011

Ferry workers, Boeing-NLRB, health care…

The Stand posts links to Washington state and national news of interest every weekday morning by 9 a.m. Make this electronic “clip service” your first stop of the morning to get O.P.P. news and opinion. (Other People’s Press.) These links are functional on the date of posting, but sometimes expire.   State Legislature news: ►  […]

“Washington workplaces just got a whole lot safer”

Businesses fighting L&I citation must now fix hazards during an appeal. Each year, hundreds of workplace hazards across the state are left uncorrected, exposing many workers to potential dangers while a business owner appeals a citation issued by the Department of Labor and Industries. On April 15, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law […]

How lobbyists are selling lump-sum buyouts

This video depicts the kind of conversation that could be happening right now in Olympia as business lobbyists aggressively push ESB 5566, which would allow “compromise-and-release” lump-sum buyouts in Washington’s workers’ compensation system. Watch it and then TAKE ACTION by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and telling your legislators to OPPOSE ESB 5566 and […]

Protect, preserve our model workers’ compensation system

Oppose compromise and release, Social Security offsets The following column was co-authored by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council; and Liberty and Andy Ryder, owners of Shur Kleen Car Wash. (Andy is also a Lacey City Council member.) If you believe that our workers’ compensation system, the safety net for workers injured […]

More than 10,000 proclaim: “WE ARE ONE!”

Historic rally urges State Legislature to “Put People First!” A week of successful “We Are One” events across Washington state culminated April 8 in Olympia’s largest labor rally in a decade as more than 10,000 union members and their supporters rallied at the State Capitol to urge state legislators to “Put People First” to stop […]

The TRUTH about compromise-and-release

On March 5, the State Senate passed SB 5566, which would allow employers in Washington state to settle workers’ compensation claims with “compromise-and-release” lump-sum buyouts of injured workers. This would be a radical change for the state’s workers’ compensation system, which is a national model for its low costs and high benefits — a system […]

Jobless benefits: Saving families, businesses

Imagine a company that does business in every county in Washington state, pumping billions in payroll dollars into our economy. Better still, this company is counter-cyclical, ramping up hiring and payroll when the state economy is struggling. The rest of the business community and public officials all benefit thanks to increased consumer spending and tax […]

Our state workers’ compensation advantage

Washington is considered a low-cost, high-benefit state One of the most persistent myths about Washington state’s business climate is that our workers’ compensation costs are higher than in most other states. The fact that many employers and public policymakers believe this to be true is another indication of the power and resonance of the negative […]

Washington: Still a business-friendly state

National rankings contradict negative internal rhetoric       (April 22, 2011) — If Al Franken was still on Saturday Night Live portraying life coach and self-confidence guru Stuart Smalley (instead of serving in the U.S. Senate), some of our state’s elected leaders could have a session in front of his mirror repeating, “We’re good […]


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