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Union Ride & Charity Rally scheduled for Sept. 7 in Renton

RENTON — All union members and their families are invited to the 2nd Annual Union Ride & Charity Rally™ to be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Downtown Harley Davidson in Renton. Last year’s event was a tremendous success, but this year’s promises to be even bigger. Following the event’s signature 3-Day Charity Poker Run […]

Buyouts aren’t saving as much as advertised

OLYMPIA (June 19, 2013) — The state Department of Labor and Industries announced today that it is transferring $242 million from workers’ compensation reserve funds to cover expenses because the controversial new “structured settlements” program isn’t saving the system as much as advertised. Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, said in a […]

Averting shutdown, Corp’s coal review, immigration and deficit, just cause…

Wednesday, June 19, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — State revenue increase may avert government shutdown — Substantial improvements in Washington’s financial outlook provided state lawmakers with a pathway to resolve their budget differences Tuesday, and negotiators expressed optimism they would avoid any government shutdown. In response to a revised forecast of […]

$2-plus billion ‘problems,’ but an imminent rate hike ain’t one

By DAVID GROVES OLYMPIA (June 19, 2013) — “Without this bill, there would be a $2.2 billion tax increase on employers over the next 10 years.” That’s what Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry (R-Moses Lake) told the Columbia Basin Herald last week about SB 5127 regarding workers’ compensation. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO called that […]

Policy can wait, taxi drivers protest, free trade is neither, skills-gap fiction…

Tuesday, June 18, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Revenue forecast could break Olympian logjam — Reports due out today will show tax collections rising and demand for costly public services falling, trends which two key senators said Monday should speed up deal making to end the stalemate which has […]

WSLC: Take workers’ compensation off table

OLYMPIA (June 18, 2013) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sent an earnest, heartfelt letter to state leaders over the weekend urging that they set aside the workers’ compensation policy bill that some say is the “biggest stumbling block” to passing the budgets that would end the threat of a […]

Seattle, King County must do more to protect taxi drivers

By TRACEY A. THOMPSON (June 18, 2013) — Imagine starting your workweek $1,000 in the hole. Before stepping into your office every Monday, you’re indebted to regulators, insurance companies, licensing agencies, and you’re subjected to a slew of taxes, penalties and fees. Your job provides no health insurance, no vacation, no retirement — no benefits […]

Tell WSLC what to do: Submit 2013 Convention resolutions

VANCOUVER (June 17, 2013) — You say you want a resolution, well you know… The 2013 Convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, will be Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27 at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. But now is the time for the WSLC’s approximately 500 affiliated […]

Workers’ comp stumbling block, SC-bound 787-10, Great Waltonsby…

Monday, June 17, 2013   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► Saturday from AP — State legislators edge closer to final deal — Washington lawmakers edged closer to a final budget deal Friday, aided by an agreement on fixing the state’s estate tax, the prospect of an unexpected revenue boost and fresh signs of compromise. Senate Majority […]

Why workers’ comp? What’s the emergency?

OLYMPIA (June 14, 2013) — The Republican Majority Coalition in the State Senate continues to insist that unrelated policy legislation be a part of budget negotiations to avoid a state government shutdown. SB 5127 — the Senate’s workers’ compensation “reform” bill that is strongly opposed by labor, community groups and other advocates for injured workers […]

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