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WSLC President Jeff Johnson columns on 2016 ballot measures

(October 2016) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is writing a series of opinion columns for The Stand about state and local ballot measures for 2016. The WSLC is the largest labor organization in Washington state, representing the interests of more than 600 union organizations with approximately 450,000 rank-and-file members. […]

$15 backlash, bargaining for all, our Tea Party…

Friday, June 6, 2014   WHY?     LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Small-business group, Eyman challenge Seattle’s $15 wage plan — A group of small-business owners filed for a city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $12.50, phased in over five years. Earlier, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman filed a […]

The TRUTH about compromise-and-release

On March 5, the State Senate passed SB 5566, which would allow employers in Washington state to settle workers’ compensation claims with “compromise-and-release” lump-sum buyouts of injured workers. This would be a radical change for the state’s workers’ compensation system, which is a national model for its low costs and high benefits — a system […]

Jobless benefits: Saving families, businesses

Imagine a company that does business in every county in Washington state, pumping billions in payroll dollars into our economy. Better still, this company is counter-cyclical, ramping up hiring and payroll when the state economy is struggling. The rest of the business community and public officials all benefit thanks to increased consumer spending and tax […]

Our state workers’ compensation advantage

Washington is considered a low-cost, high-benefit state One of the most persistent myths about Washington state’s business climate is that our workers’ compensation costs are higher than in most other states. The fact that many employers and public policymakers believe this to be true is another indication of the power and resonance of the negative […]

Washington: Still a business-friendly state

National rankings contradict negative internal rhetoric       (April 22, 2011) — If Al Franken was still on Saturday Night Live portraying life coach and self-confidence guru Stuart Smalley (instead of serving in the U.S. Senate), some of our state’s elected leaders could have a session in front of his mirror repeating, “We’re good […]

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