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Senate rejects WSDOT Secretary appointment today
By BOB PISHUE  | 
Feb 5, 2016

In a surprise move, members of the Washington state Senate rejected Lynn Peterson’s appointment as the Secretary of Transportation. She has served as Governor Inslee’s Transportation Secretary since 2013 but was never confirmed by the Senate.  This afternoon’s move by the Senate in a 25-21 vote reflects growing public frustration with the Department of Transportation.

Group behind Seattle’s $15 minimum wage kicks off campaign for restrictions on scheduling
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Feb 5, 2016

Working Washington, the union-funded organization responsible for pushing a $15 minimum wage, has officially kicked-off their campaign on the next battleground issue for labor regulations—shift scheduling.

“Just like Seattle workers led the way forward in the fight for $15, we’re going to lead the way to win one of the nation’s first secure-scheduling laws.”

Long-time union stronghold, West Virginia, set to become 26th right to work state
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Feb 5, 2016

West Virginia’s House and Senate have both passed legislation that would give every worker a choice in whether to pay union dues or fees.  Under the Workplace Freedom Act, organized labor will have to convince workers union services are worth the dues they are currently forced to pay.  Workers in West Virginia, like in 25 other non-right-to-work states, must pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has promised to veto the bill, but the bill’s supporters in the legislature have enough votes to override the governor’s veto.