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Support ESSB 6217, SeaTac’s airline catering workers

Send a message to WA State Representatives to support fair wages for SeaTac workers   OLYMPIA (Feb. 28, 2020) — UNITE HERE Local 8, the Washington State Labor Council, and community supporters of livable wages are urging the Washington State House of Representatives to approve ESSB 6217, which would allow the Port of Seattle to […]

Labor: No ‘snapback’ for Boeing without accountability

Union leaders tell legislators that aerospace tax breaks should not be automatically reinstated without strong, specific accountability language to boost aerospace jobs in Washington state   OLYMPIA (Feb. 26, 2020) — Washington state labor leaders testified Tuesday on Boeing-backed legislation to end the state’s aerospace manufacturers’ tax incentive in order to resolve a World Trade […]

Status report on pro-worker bills after latest cutoff deadline

Union members urged to support pro-worker bills at Town Hall meetings   OLYMPIA (Feb. 20, 2020) — Many Washington state legislators will be holding mid-session Town Hall meetings on Saturday, Feb. 22 in legislative districts across the state. This is a great opportunity to personally urge them to support legislation that benefits Washington’s working families. […]

Prioritize railroad and public safety in 2020

UPDATE (March 9, 2020) — On Friday, March 6, the deadline for bills to have passed both houses of the Washington State Legislature, HB 1841 passed the Senate, 34-15! It has already passed the House of Representatives, 65-30, so now the bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for signature. Thank you to all the […]

We need healthcare transparency, oversight

ESHB 2036 would shed light on what is driving skyrocketing hospital costs   OLYMPIA (Feb. 18, 2020) — Hospital costs are rising across the nation — inpatient care prices grew 42% from 2007 to 2014, according to one study — and are considered the main driver of escalating healthcare costs. Yet we know precious little […]

Empowering workers to blow the whistle

Worker Protection Act (HB 1965) would improve compliance with labor standards, generate revenue for Washington state   OLYMPIA (Feb. 13, 2020) — Washington state is fortunate to have many great labor standards to protect working people — minimum wage, paid sick leave, health-and-safety protections, and others — that often go above and beyond federal standards. […]

Ban port automation subsidies to protect jobs and taxpayers

The following is from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union: OLYMPIA (Feb. 11, 2020) — Legislation that would prohibit the expenditure of public tax dollars for automation at the state’s two largest container ports passed a key milestone last Friday, and the longshore union is predicting eventual passage in this year’s legislative session. HB 2828, […]

Where pro-worker bills stand as legislative cutoff nears

OLYMPIA — This Friday, Feb. 7 is the cutoff deadline for bills to advance from policy committees in the short 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature. Bills related to the budget have until Feb. 11 to pass fiscal committees. Here is a status report on the legislation that was listed in the 2020 Shared […]

Expanding ‘bid listing’ protects both workers, state’s taxpayers

The following is from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: Some public works contractors alter their lists of subcontractors after winning bids so they can pay lower wages and boost profits at the expense of taxpayers — and project quality. ESSB 5457 would reduce “bid shopping” by having more subcontractors listed in bids for major […]

Tell your legislators to support HB 1888 for privacy and safety

OLYMPIA (Jan. 29, 2020) — Under Washington’s Public Records Act, public employees’ home addresses and certain other personal information are supposed to be kept private. But last year, the courts ruled that their birth dates are public information because the Legislature hasn’t specifically exempted them. This exposes public employees and their families to identity theft, […]

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