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The time has come for paid leave (WSLC Legislative Update)

After 10 years, a bipartisan effort on family, medical, military leave   OLYMPIA (Jan. 23, 2017) — In 2007, when Democrats controlled Washington’s House, Senate and Governor’s Office, they approved historic legislation to create a modest paid family leave program. It was intended to help new parents afford to take a few weeks off with […]

Sub-minimum ‘training wage’ for teenagers is a bad idea

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 19, 2017) — Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 1433, so our state minimum wage just rose to $11 per hour and will reach $13.50 in 2020. Amid today’s extreme income inequality, joining Washington in raising state minimum wages last fall were Arizona, Colorado and Maine, states that are both red […]

The consequences of our state’s low pay (Legislative Update)

Below-market government wages have created recruitment, retention crisis   OLYMPIA (Jan. 17, 2017) — By its own admission, the biggest employer in Washington state pays workers less than what they’d earn at 99 percent of its competitor companies—99 percent! Justifiably concerned about keeping and attracting quality employees, the CEO agreed to 6 percent cost-of-living raises […]

Boeing cashes in on tax breaks, cuts 11K jobs in Washington

The following was posted Tuesday by Machinists Union District Lodge 751: OLYMPIA (Jan. 11, 2017) — The Boeing Co. has eliminated the jobs of more than 11,000 Washington state residents since Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature agreed to give the company the largest corporate tax incentives in U.S. history. That’s why Machinists Union District […]

Renewed push begins in Olympia for paid family leave

The following is from the Washington Work and Family Coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: OLYMPIA (Jan. 11, 2017) — The Washington Work and Family Coalition on Tuesday announced its policy proposal for paid family and medical leave in Washington. Under the proposed bills, Washington workers would be able to use extended […]

2017 session is all about education funding (Legislative Update)

But the outcome affects everything else, every one of us   OLYMPIA (Jan. 9, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature convenes today for 2017 and it’s hard to recall a session set up to be so focused on a single issue. This year is expected to be the culmination—hopefully—of a five-year debate/standoff on how to […]

As L&I rates edge up, business aims to cut workers’ comp

Corporate lobbying groups decry 0.7% rate hike, set sights on workers’ comp cuts   By DAVID GROVES The Stand TUMWATER (Dec. 8, 2016) — The rates paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will rise by an average of 0.7 percent in 2017, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced last week. […]

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 […]



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