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Shea Nutter: Give me Liberty or give me ‘right-to-work’ (or both)


By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Dec. 7, 2016) — If Republican Rep. Matt Shea had his way, Washington would become an anti-union “right-to-work” state. But in a mostly blue state with a Democratic governor and divided Legislature, he knows that’s unlikely to happen. So Shea has a backup plan: split off Eastern Washington into […]

On Jan. 1, Washington state’s minimum wage will be $11


OLYMPIA (Dec. 6, 2016) — With the passage of Initiative 1433, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) officially notified employers and the public last week that the state minimum wage will increase from $9.47 to $11 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Higher minimum wage rates will apply to workers in […]

I-732 loss shows urgent need for coalition effort on climate


(Nov. 9, 2016) — The following statement regarding voter rejection of the labor-opposed Initiative 732 has been posted by the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: There is an urgent need to take action on climate change, and to do it right. The only way to combat climate change fast enough is to both cut […]

Without Initiative 1433, state’s minimum wage will rise just 6¢

Nickel And Penny

TUMWATER (Sept. 29, 2016) — Unless voters approve Initiative 1433 this fall, Washington state’s minimum wage will increase just 6 cents in 2017 to $9.53 an hour, which is less than $20,000 a year for a full-time worker. The state minimum wage has been frozen for nearly two years. Under I-1433, which will appear on […]

L&I proposes 0.7% workers’ comp rate increase for 2017


TUMWATER (Sept. 22, 2016) — The rate paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington would rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year under a proposal released Wednesday by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Employers and workers around Washington pay into the workers’ comp system so they’re covered if someone […]

WFSE: State employees reach tentative deal with 6% raises


The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: (Sept. 14, 2016) — A tentative agreement was reached Tuesday on a new General Government contract for state employees that includes across-the-board raises of 6 percent over two years, holds the line on employees’ share of health insurance premiums, and brings more […]

State employees urge Inslee: Close public service pay gap


OLYMPIA (Sept. 1, 2016) — More than one thousand Washington state employees represented by several unions negotiating new contracts with the governor’s office rallied Wednesday inside the State Capitol Rotunda. They heated things up in the sweltering building, urging Gov. Jay Inslee to fund real raises that begin to close the growing pay gap between […]

Rally Wednesday to support state workers


OLYMPIA — Washington state employees and their unions will join with community allies on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to rally at the State Capitol for fair contracts that end the growing trend of public servants driven out of public service by non-competitive pay. Washington state’s recent salary survey showed that 99 percent of state employees are […]

Support college workers seeking fair wages


OLYMPIA (Aug. 25, 2016) — Earlier this month, state employees from several community colleges and their supporters rallied at South Puget Sound Community College and Spokane Community College to support a fair contract before the Community College Coalition Bargaining Team for the Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME held its latest bargaining session with the state. […]

L&I: Stay hydrated, pace yourself in the heat


TUMWATER (Aug. 18, 2016) — With temperatures across the state soaring this week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is reminding workers and employers that working outdoors in hot weather can quickly cause heat-related illness. It is particularly important to be aware when temperatures seesaw between cool to very hot weather. Heat exhaustion and […]



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