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Why is Teen Unemployment So High?

May 17, 2012 in In the News
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Yet Another Report Shows Washington’s Small Business Climate Needs Improving

May 9, 2012 in Blog

On the heels of two recent reports by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Washington Roundtable concluding Washington’s business climate is in serious need of improvement comes a third report with the same conclusion.

Unions: Forcing Union Members to Work With Non-Union Workers Is Slavery

May 3, 2012 in Blog

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 has filed a lawsuit against Indiana’s governor, attorney general and labor commissioner contending that forcing union workers to work alongside non-union workers is  slavery.

In New Report, State's Biggest Employers Say Washington's Business Climate Needs Fixing

May 2, 2012 in Blog

Reinforcing what most employers in Washington State already know, a new report by the Washington Roundtable concludes our state’s business climate is in serious need of improvement.

The Washington Roundtable is a nonprofit, public policy organization comprised of executives of some of the state’s biggest private sector employers (Starbucks, Safeco and Boeing, to name a few).  So when Roundtable members say our state needs a more competitive business climate, they know what they’re talking about.

State union negotiations begin tomorrow on 2013-15 contracts

May 1, 2012 in Blog

Governor Gregoire will begin negotiations with state employee unions tomorrow (May 2) to determine the terms of the 2013-15 state union contracts. These 2013-15 Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) are to be finalized by October 1 of this year - a month before the next Governor is chosen.

Impact of the pension reform deal

April 18, 2012 in Blog

One of the most contentious proposals the Legislature considered this year was the plan to reform the state's pension system. The compromise bill ultimately agreed to (SB 6378) was adopted by a vote of 56-42 in the House and 27-22 in the Senate.