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Bellevue School District violates worker rights
By LIV FINNE  | 
Sep 18, 2019

The Bellevue School District is violating the rights of its workers. This job posting says this:

“Custodian Newport HS 2019-20….CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  
“….This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement...”

This notice is deceptive. Workers cannot be forced to join a union. Workers cannot be compelled to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

The Bellevue School District is not telling job applicants of these rights.  

A proper statement would say this...

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Government regulations that govern taxis make it difficult for taxi drivers to compete
By MARK HARMSWORTH  | 
Sep 16, 2019

Those who are closest to the problem are often the best equipped to solve it.

Free markets, more often than not, provide the best solutions. Both the City of Seattle and King County should consider reducing regulations rather than adding more. Maybe then we’ll have a system that will work for both the drivers and riders alike.

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What about the workers?
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Sep 13, 2019

Earlier this summer the Department of Labor imposed a 50 percent wage increase for blueberry pickers in Washington state and made national headlines.

The increase bumped the piece rate for pickers from 50 cents a pound to 75 cents a pound in addition to the agreed upon hourly wage. For blueberry producer Zirkle Fruit in Selah, the increase prompted a lawsuit against the Department of Labor. The fruit producer did not take issue with the wage increase but rather the methodology of the data collection that led to the increase.

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