Shift WA – Inslee, in Breach of State Law, Continues Secret Negotiation with Unions Tomorrow
The Governor’s office continues its secret negotiations with state employee unions, despite calls to open the process to public scrutiny. The outcome of negotiations (read: Inslee giving away taxpayer money to unions that gave a million dollars to elect him) will determine compensation contracts for state employees in the next (2015-2017) budget.
The Stand – Right-Wing Group Wants Open Talks, Nugent
The right-wing extremist Freedom Foundation is urging its supporters today to protest contract negotiations between the Governor’s Office and state employees’ unions because they want those talks to be open to the public.
KPLU – Protesters Decry Wash. State’s Closed-Door Labor Negotiations
As the state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions with its unionized employees Wednesday, protesters were present to criticize the secret nature of the meetings. Chanting, “Secret meetings have got to go,” protesters waved signs that read “transparency now.” These protesters from the conservative Evergreen Foundation were greeted by staff and members of the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Watchdog.org – End of Some Fair-Share Fees Drains Millions From Union Coffers
A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually. Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.