Confronted with a bill that proposes modest limits to the practice of compelling workers to fund union activities even when they disagree with the union and decline to join, Washington state labor leaders on Monday expressed surprise that anyone would consider this a problem.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, during his State of the State speech on Tuesday, proposed finding an extra $200 million in this year’s budget to restore cost-of-living adjustments to teachers and raising the minimum wage by $1.50 to $2.50 an hour, saying there was “ample evidence” doing so wouldn’t cost jobs.
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson on Monday issued a blistering rebuttal to the court’s latest attempt last week to force the Legislature to spend more on K-12 education under the McCleary decision.
Originally posted January 1, 2010 Click here to download the PDF
The Seattle area hosted a number of fast food strikes over the summer, as well as follow-up strikes targeting Subway. In recent local elections, unions and alt-labor groups backed a $15 minimum wage initiative which Jonathan Martin of The Seattle Times noted would encourage union organizing.
Did you know that 35.6 percent of union workers in Washington would give up their union membership if they could …