On a straight party-line vote, Democrats on the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee on Friday approved a bill that would eliminate need to conduct surveys to determine wages paid by non-union contractors and simply accept the union-negotiated collective bargaining agreement as the local prevailing wage.
Labor leaders from around the state gathered in Olympia on Thursday to testify in opposition to a bill that would give the public the right to watch negotiations with public-sector unions and see how their tax dollars are being spent.
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Members of the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee heard testimony on Tuesday regarding a bill that would allow local jurisdictions to opt out of prevailing wage requirements on projects worth less than $5 million. Predictably, labor and local government leaders didn’t agree on the bill’s merits.
Representatives from several Washington state public employees’ unions were in Olympia on Monday to oppose a bill that would require them to file financial reports — just as private-sector unions do — to tell employees what their mandatory union dues or representation fees are used for.
Leaders from organized labor were in Olympia on Monday to testify against a bill that would require prevailing wage rates to be computed scientifically, by random sample, rather than the current voluntary method, which skews toward the unions, which have more incentive to participate in the cumbersome, expensive process than small, independent contractors would.
In an op-ed for the Everett Herald, Max Nelsen examines Gov. Inslee’s call to increase the state minimum wage and explains that the move would only create additional burdens on Washington’s job creators.
Washington House Democrats put forward a plan on Thursday that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2017. It isn’t clear whether there are 50 votes to pass the measure in the House, let alone the Republican-dominated state Senate.
Leaders from organized labor and management clashed in Olympia on Tuesday over a package of bills that purport to bring workplace fairness to the so-called “underground economy,” consisting mainly of illegal aliens working in Washington’s fields and farms.