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Undocumented communities will get COVID-19 relief funding

In hard-fought victory for undocumented immigrants, Washington becomes 2nd state to offer state-funded assistance amid pandemic   Para leer en español, haga clic aquí. SEATTLE (Aug. 10, 2020) — As Congress continues to exclude undocumented communities and mixed-status families from federal COVID-19 relief, Washington state is stepping up for immigrants and ensuring no one is […]

State’s trade-related job losses on the rise

Washington is among the hardest hit states for trade-related job losses in recent years   The following is from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition: SEATTLE (Aug. 10, 2020) — Washington’s trade-related job loss has increased over the last three years, according to a new analysis of U.S. Labor Department data conducted by the Washington Fair Trade […]

WEA demands safety first in any plans to return to school this fall

FEDERAL WAY (July 24, 2020) — The following is from the Washington Education Association (WEA): As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to grow across Washington, we are sadly faced with a choice between two bad options – either return to schools and put our educators, students, and community at risk or return to […]

Public cuts disproportionately harm women, Black workers

The following is from the Economic Policy Institute: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2020) — The coronavirus pandemic has created a severe budget crisis for state and local governments, as tax revenue has fallen precipitously at the same time that governments are facing extraordinary demands for public health and welfare supports. Because states are severely limited […]

L&I fines Selah fitness center for violating COVID closure order

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I): SELAH, Wash. (July 2, 2020) — A fitness center near Yakima is facing nearly $10,000 in fines for operating in violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start order. L&I cited company owner Bradshaw Development, Inc. this week after L&I inspectors found Anytime […]

New overtime pay ‘duties test’ starts today in Washington

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I): TUMWATER (July 1, 2020) — Updates to Washington’s rules that spell out what type of workers don’t have to receive overtime pay take effect today, July 1. The rules establish the criteria for certain workers to be considered exempt from getting overtime […]

Masks required statewide in public starting June 26

‘We know we can protect each other,’ says UFCW 21’s Faye Guenther   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (June 24, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman have announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26. The order comes after […]

History lesson: Hands off workers’ compensation

It took a decade to recover from the system’s last “recession raid.” Never again.   By DAVID GROVES The Stand OLYMPIA (June 23, 2020) — It’s official. We’re in a recession — and have been since February. Although this one will be unique in many ways, in one way it is sure to be the […]

AG’s initiative nixes no-poach clauses at national franchises

The following is from the Office of the Attorney General: OLYMPIA (June 17, 2020) — A report released Tuesday details Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s two-year investigation that has eliminated no-poach clauses in franchise agreements nationwide for every company that has three or more locations in Washington. As a result of Ferguson’s initiative to […]

Petition: Protect Washington’s community college students

The following is from the Alliance for a Just Society: OLYMPIA (June 15, 2020) — Community and technical colleges in Washington state are the backbones of our thriving economy and local communities. And without students, there are no colleges. During this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, the Alliance for a Just Society […]

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