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L&I adopts paid sick leave rules to implement I-1433

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: TUMWATER (Oct. 23, 2017) — Mandatory paid sick leave in Washington starts in just over two months. Last week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released new state requirements on how the paid sick leave law will be implemented. As a result […]

Join Inslee at Alliance kickoff event Oct. 24 in Olympia

OLYMPIA — All union members and community supporters of sustainable clean-energy jobs are invited to join Governor Jay Inslee, state Rep. Beth Doglio and the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy for a climate change town hall and Olympia kickoff event for the Alliance’s campaign for an effective and equitable carbon reduction policy for transitioning […]

Seattle’s minimum wage hasn’t boosted grocery prices

SEATTLE (Sept. 26, 2017) — Back in June, the University of Washington issued a working paper about Seattle’s minimum wage increase that found more people were working in the city at more jobs for higher pay, but still managed to find fault by suggesting that workers’ hours may have been cut in the process. (That […]

L&I proposes 2.5% rate decrease for workers’ comp in 2018

By DAVID GROVES The Stand TUMWATER (Sept. 22, 2017) — Five years ago, business lobbyists in Washington were apoplectic about the state-run workers’ compensation system. Reserve funds in the safety net for injured workers had been drawn down to low levels after the recession and they were warning that employers should brace for the “mother […]

Momentum builds for Alliance’s climate change campaign

Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy: More volunteers and events, new website   (Sept. 12, 2017) — The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy has recruited hundreds of Climate Action Stewards throughout the state to participate in its campaign and just launched a new website describing what’s happening and how to get involved. The Alliance […]

Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy campaign kickoffs continue

Events Tuesday thru Thursday in Anacortes, Vancouver, Shoreline and Yakima   The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is the coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 170 organizations in Washington state dedicated to addressing the climate crisis, strengthening our economy by creating family-wage jobs, and reducing racial inequality. The Alliance — which includes the […]

WSLC publishes 2017 Legislative Report and Voting Record

Their work still unfinished, here’s what happened in their first four sessions   OLYMPIA (Aug. 11, 2017) — The Washington State Legislature still has business to conduct — with the state’s $4 billion capital budget being held hostage by Senate Republicans even after three overtime sessions over a rural waters rights bill — but the […]

L&I sets rulemaking hearings on I-1433 paid sick leave

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: TUMWATER (Aug. 4, 2017) — Washington’s new mandatory paid sick leave law takes effect in less than six months, starting January 1, 2018. It’s a major change as a result of Initiative 1433, approved by voters last fall. The Department of Labor & […]

How labor’s candidates fared (UPDATED)

UPDATE (Aug. 3, 2017) — With additional votes counted, both Manka Dhingra and Teresa Mosqueda have added to their leads in their respective races. The vote counts below are the latest as of this morning. Click on the race title links for the auditors’ latest results. (Aug. 2, 2017) — Tuesday’s Primary Election results in […]

Attend Saturday’s Block Party for Manka

The following announcement is from the Washington State Labor Council’s Labor Neighbor program: BOTHELL — All union members and their families are invited to attend a BYOB (Bring Your Own Ballot) Labor-Community Block Party, a joint Washington State Labor Council/AFL-CIO and Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME barbecue and canvass for labor-endorsed State Senate candidate Manka […]


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