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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 […]

Businesses ignoring closure orders can now be cited, fined

The following is from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: TUMWATER (May 26, 2020) — Washington businesses that decide to open or operate in direct violation of Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order may be cited and fined for unsafe workplace conditions under emergency rules filed Tuesday by the state Department of […]

Now Administrative Law Judges can advocate for themselves, too

By JUSTINE WINNIE Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (May 21, 2020) — The 2020 legislative session brought new hope to a little-known group of unrepresented public service workers: Washington’s Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). After years of attempting to gain the right to bargain over wages and benefits, a passionate group of ALJs joined forces with […]

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report: Some wins, then COVID

WSLC 2020 Legislative Report summarizes session, how each legislator voted   OLYMPIA (May 12, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO has published its 2020 Legislative Report summarizing this year’s session of the State Legislature, describing how bills on working family issues fared, and scoring all legislators on how they voted. Download the full […]

Inslee announces Safe Start advisory groups

WSLC’s Larry Brown: ‘Job No. 1 for the labor movement is to ensure that workers are safe when they return to the workplace.’   The following is from the Office of the Governor: OLYMPIA (May 6, 2020) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced members of Safe Start advisory groups with focus on health systems […]

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