Peninsula Daily News – Petitions Verified to Make Sequim City Hall Union Talks Public; Now Issue Goes to City Council
SEQUIM –– Backers of efforts to make the city’s negotiations with employee unions public and to give employees a choice of joining a union or not have attained enough signatures to qualify initiatives for City Council consideration. “People want to have more input, more control, more transparency in their government all over,” said Susan Shotthafer of Port Angeles, organizer of the petition drive.
Horsesass.org – Is the Freedom Foundation Plotting to Transform Washington into a “Right to Work” State, One City at a Time?
After years of congressional and legislative gridlock, the most exciting development in politics has been the shift toward implementing progressive policy at the local level. Of course, the City of SeaTac’s historic $15 minimum wage initiative comes to mind. But here in Seattle, recent moves toward mandatory paid sick leave, a $15 minimum wage, and universal preschool provide a replicable roadmap for achieving a progressive agenda one city at a time.
The Seattle Times – Looks Like SEIU Organizing Strategy May Backfire — on Washington Taxpayers
More than a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling likely to shake the left side of Washington politics. But this state hasn’t heard in any official way what effect Harris vs. Quinn will have – and now it looks like we’ll have to wait for a legal decision sometime in the months or even years ahead.
The Ben Shapiro Show – Employee Freedom Week Starts This Sunday
Maxford Nelson from the Freedom Foundation joins the show to talk about the second annual National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign starting this Sunday the 10th dedicated to informing union-represented workers of their rights regarding union membership
Northwest Public Radio – Washington’s Secret Bargaining Sessions With State Employees Rile Some
Closed-door labor negotiations have resumed between the state of Washington and its unionized employees. The two sides were scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss cost-of-living increases. The secret nature of these bargaining sessions is drawing criticism and even protests.
Washington Policy Center – Attorney General Declines Senator’s Request for Harris v. Quinn Impact Opinion
Last week I highlighted a letter from Sen. Braun to the Attorney General requesting an informal opinion in response to the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Harris v. Quinn, which called into question the forced unionization of some Washington residents. The Senator asked these three questions:
Shift WA – The Devil is in… the Fine Print: SEIU 775’s Latest Money Trick
The nightmare scenario for the bosses at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 was the its “members” might find out about their constitutional rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that “it was unconstitutional for individual home health care providers to be forced to pay union dues or fees against their will” (Harris v. Quinn). The union “leaders” at SEIU 775 did not get where they are by giving up easy dues money – even though the Supreme Court ruled they don’t actually “represent” these home health care providers that they have been taking money from (with the help of Democrat legislators) for the last decade. Now, more than a month after the decision, SEIU 775’s strategy for fighting back is becoming clear — discourage the workers from exercising their constitutional rights.
KTTH – Hour 2, David Boze Morning Show, 8-15-14
Ferguson, Missouri officials released the name of the officer involved, is this justified? Rapid Fire 1. Federal Judge orders IRS to provide more information on Lerner emails. 2. According to a new FOX News poll, 59% of Americans want to be left alone by the government., up from 53% last year. But more people like the Democratic party? 3. Seattle Metro starts work on $1.50 fare for low income riders. 4. Authorities: Two Amish girls missing in upstate New York have been found safe, only used sketches to ID them. The Missouri police department released the name of the police officer involved. What will this mean for the case and the situation?
Washington Examiner – Labor Recruitment Pitch Shows Why You Should Always Read the Fine Print
A recruitment letter recently sent out by a Seattle union is a case study in why a person should always read everything first before signing. The letter promises all manner of boosts to salaries and benefits if the recipient would just join up. In the fine print, though, it says signing up means the union is legally allowed to deduct dues money directly from the signee’s paychecks in perpetuity. The agreement provides only a brief two-week period once a year for the signer to opt-out of the union.
Michael Howe Show – Max Nelson, National Employee Freedom Week
Max Nelson, Labor Policy Analyst for the Freedom Foundation, joined the show to talk about the second annual National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a nationwide campaign (Aug 10-16)dedicated to informing union-represented workers of their rights regarding union membership. At the moment, the NEFW coalition is comprised of 77 groups in 44 states.