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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, […]

Senate work session tackles issue of retirement insecurity

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The following is from the Washington State Senate Democrats: OLYMPIA (April 9, 2014) — State Democratic legislators held a work session Tuesday to cast a light onto a considerable and growing problem — retirement insecurity, or the degree to which Washingtonians are unprepared for retirement. One in four Washington residents between the ages of 45-64 […]

Senate work session on April 8 to address retirement insecurity

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OLYMPIA (April 7, 2014) — A retirement insecurity crisis is looming that threatens the middle class and people working their way into it, as more and more Americans face retirement with financial worry and hardship. In fact, one in four Washington residents between the ages of 45-64 years old has $25,000 or less in savings. […]

Stop digging Washington state budget hole

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Senate proposals to add tax breaks, defer revenue are unsustainable   Today’s edition of the Washington State Labor Council’s Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Mar. 11, 2014) — Washington state legislators are in the home stretch of the 2014 session that ends this Thursday. Over the next couple of days, deals will be struck not only […]

The Senate Republicans’ silent slaughter

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Paid sick leave, wage theft, other bills killed by Republicans on cutoff day   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Mar. 4, 2014) — It’s been about 14 months since two erstwhile Democrats traded control of the Washington State Senate to Republicans in exchange for leadership positions — and bigger offices. Last […]

Bipartisan school construction plan would benefit K-3 classes

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UPDATE (Mar. 5, 2013) — The House has approved HB 2797 on a strong bipartisan 90-7 vote. However, there are concerns that some Republican Senate leaders may try to kill the bill. The following was distributed by both the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the Washington State House of Representatives: OLYMPIA (Feb. 27, 2014) — […]

Tell legislators: Pass Taxpayer Protection Act

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OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2014) — Tax dollars should be spent in the most effective and efficient ways. The public deserves to know what the government is spending their tax dollars on. But right now, those basic rules that apply to state agencies don’t apply when Washington state outsources public services to private contractors. Washington State […]

Paid sick leave bill gets hearing; urge senators’ support

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OLYMPIA (Feb. 25, 2014) — The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on HB 1313, which would require businesses with at least five employees in Washington state to allow their employees to earn and accumulate some paid sick leave over time. The bill must advance from that […]

Attend local legislative town hall meetings

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Many Washington state legislators will be holding town hall meetings and constituent listening sessions around Washington state starting this weekend. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging union members and community supporters to attend their local events and urge their lawmakers to support pro-working family legislation — like the House-approved paid safe and sick […]

WSLC Legislative Update: Fighting wage theft is pro-business

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But GOP, corporate lobbying groups are fighting to protect the scofflaws   Today’s edition of the WSLC Legislative Update newsletter: OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2014) — As a business owner, if you had a competitor underbid you by illegally withholding employees’ wages or by cheating to avoid the taxes you have to pay, you’d be pretty […]

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