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More post-Janus government union giveaways from lawmakers
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Jan 23, 2019

Shielding government unions from post-Janus refund lawsuits isn’t the only page Washington lawmakers are taking from California’s legislative playbook.  Also included in HB 1575 is a requirement that public employers “rely on information provided by the exclusive bargaining representative regarding the authorization and revocation of [union] deductions.”

What this means is employers would not be allowed to respond to an employee’s request to quit paying their government union.

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Bill would prohibit lawsuits by public workers seeking a refund of ill-gotten union fees after Janus decision
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Jan 23, 2019

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) this summer ending the decades-long practice of forcing public workers to pay a government union in order to keep their job, lawmakers are circling the wagons to protect those unions.

HB 1575, introduced today, would prohibit in Washington the class action lawsuits that have been filed by public workers in other states seeking refunds of the agency fees they were forced to pay government unions before the Janus ruling. 

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Citizen initiatives on car tab fees and affirmative action join growing stack of measures before the Legislature. Committee hearings keep lawmakers busy.

Ten days into this year’s scheduled 105-day regular session of the Washington state Legislature, lawmakers continue to introduce bills at a brisk pace.  So far, more than 1,125 bills and other measures have been introduced.

Going back to 1983, legislators have introduced an average of 2,430 bills during the longer sessions in odd-numbered years, of which an average of 460 are passed by the Legislature. The highest number of bills introduced was 3,200 during the 1995 Regular Session, with 456 passed. In 2017, lawmakers introduced 2,236 bills and passed 377.

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