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Opt-out group’s wish list: Pension cuts, layoffs, less benefits

The following is from the Northwest Accountability Project: OLYMPIA (Dec. 5, 2018) — Behind their “Opt Out Today” smoke screen, the Freedom Foundation is deceiving public employees about their true intentions. Opt Out Today propaganda boasts about liberating workers from unions, using the same tired rhetoric that the billionaire class has been using for decades. […]

Workers’ comp rates to drop 5%; biggest reduction in 12 years

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (Dec. 4, 2018) — The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1. On Monday, the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 5 percent decrease in the […]

Feds oppose workers’ comp protections for Hanford workers

Trump’s Justice Department threatens to sue state over new workers’ comp law    By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (Nov. 27, 2018) — Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved labor-supported legislation to address the nearly insurmountable barriers that workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation face when they get sick due to toxic exposure and seek relief […]

L&I seeks input on latest proposal to change OT pay rules

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (Nov. 26, 2018) — Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has released preliminary draft rules that spell out possible changes for salaried workers in our state. Changes to these rules will mean more employees will be entitled to overtime, minimum wage […]

L&I moves to restore workers’ overtime pay protections

After four decades of inaction, L&I releases “pre-draft” towards updated overtime rules that could restore protections to hundreds of thousands of salaried workers.   OLYMPIA (Oct. 9, 2018) — On Friday, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) released “pre-draft” rules, which could restore overtime protections to hundreds of thousands of salaried workers […]

Outdated overtime rules costing ‘salaried’ workers billions

Washington state’s outdated overtime pay standards are estimated to cost workers $4.2 billion each year in lost wages and time.   (Oct. 1, 2018) — Time is money, and employers in Washington state are taking both — to the tune of $4 billion worth from salaried workers this year alone. That startling figure represents the […]

WFSE: Tentative deal reached on 2-year deal with 6% raises

UPDATE from WFSE (Oct. 1, 2018) — Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME members ratify contracts — “The hard work of our bargaining teams, and advocacy of our members resulted in historic gains in our 2019-2021 contracts,” said Amy Spiegel, WFSE Director of Negotiations. “We are stronger together.” WFSE’s General Government contract included across-the-board raises of 6 percent over two […]

Washington ranked #1 (again) for aerospace manufacturing

New study ranks state as best place on the planet for aerospace manufacturing   By DAVID GROVES The Stand SEATTLE (Sept. 13, 2018) — In June, an internationally respected aerospace analyst released the most comprehensive data-driven aerospace competitiveness study ever performed. It found that Washington state is — by far — the best location in the United States to […]

Washington ranked as best state to work in new report

Paid family leave, higher minimum wage, other protections boost our state   OLYMPIA (Aug. 31, 2018) — Washington is the best state for workers, according to a ranking released Thursday by Oxfam America. The organization based its findings on wages, worker protections and workers’ rights in all 50 states and the nation’s capital — and only the District of […]

PNW apprenticeship conference: Sign up now and save money

TACOMA — The 2018 Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference, which promotes the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship through education of policy makers, employers, apprenticeship sponsors and workforce and education professionals, isn’t until Dec. 4-5 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. But NOW is the time to register and save money. The early-bird registration fee of $150 expires on […]


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