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Washington’s health exchange offers special enrollment period

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The following is from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: OLYMPIA (Aug. 26, 2014) — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period — effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, or who have had billing or payment issues. The special […]

Moral Week of Action in Olympia is Aug. 22-28

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OLYMPIA (Aug. 21, 2014) — The Puget Sound and Pierce County Chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will be sponsoring a week of rallies beginning Friday, Aug. 22 in Olympia as part of a nationwide “Moral Week of Action” to call attention to state policies that are violating moral standards and civil […]

Right-wing group wants open contract talks, Ted Nugent

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 6, 2014) — The right-wing extremist Freedom Foundation is urging its supporters today to protest contract negotiations between the Governor’s Office and state employees’ unions because they want those talks to be open to the public. (Aug. 7 update: see coverage of the FF’s big rally.) Earlier this […]

Study of legislators’ assets finds ‘Millionaire Coalition Caucus’

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OLYMPIA (July 2, 2014) — A detailed new analysis of public records shows that at least half of the Washington State Senate Republicans’ Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) members have a net worth of $1 million or more. “Despite having benefited the most from our roads, schools, and infrastructure, these 13 members of the of the […]

Community to corporate leaders: Pay fair share for education

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The following is from Stand Up 4 Education: SEATTLE (June 20, 2014) — Following on the heels of a state budget forecast that reflects insufficient funds for maintaining existing public services and fulfilling a constitutional obligation to fund public schools, a coalition of community members is going straight to the Washington Roundtable — one of […]

Washington is ranked as the best state to work

By DAVID GROVES The Stand (June 13, 2014) — Every year, corporate lobbying groups inundate Washington’s elected officials with state-by-state rankings in an effort to convince them to change policies. These rankings tend to be about business competitiveness — how the state compares to others on everything from workers’ compensation premiums, to unemployment insurance costs, […]

WFSE optimistic as state contract talks begin

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The following is crossposted from the Hotline of the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28: OLYMPIA (May 21, 2014) — It seems the whole world is watching our Federation General Government Bargaining Team, which formally kicked off contract talks with Gov. Inslee’s negotiators Tuesday. “Talks begin for new state worker contracts for pay […]

Health insurers’ proposed rate changes are lowest in 7 years

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OLYMPIA (May 14, 2014) — Seventeen health insurers have filed more than 230 individual health plans for 2015 both inside and outside the Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. The average proposed rate change for the individual market is 8.25 percent. This represents the lowest requested average rate change in seven years.  The plans, provider networks, and rates […]

2014 Legislative Report: ‘Another taste of political gridlock’

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OLYMPIA (April 29, 2014) — The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature was “another bitter taste of Washington, D.C.-style political gridlock” as Senate Republicans blocked votes on dozens of pro-working family policies and job-creating infrastructure investments. Instead, the GOP launched aggressive election-year attacks against public employees and workplace standards that had no chance of […]

State workers’ comp system posts strong gains, L&I reports

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (April 18, 2014) — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reported April 4 that the financial condition of state-run workers’ compensation system continues to recover steadily from the recession. L&I says that the system’s net operations income grew by $191 million in the second half of 2013, […]

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