The Department of Labor and Industries is set to announce an increase to our state’s minimum wage sometime today, which is already the highest in the nation at $8.67 per hour. Washington also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.
Earlier this year, leaders at the statewide teacher union, the WEA, developed a plan to go on strike in local districts that didn’t agree to union demands. In passing New Business Item #6 at their May 12th meeting, union executives outlined a plan for closing schools on days that create maximum disruption for families and children.
The purpose was to show union power – pick a school district and make an example of it.