Columbia Basin Herald – Privacy Vs. Accountability In Public Employees Birthdate Bill
A proposal that would exempt the birthdates of public employees from public records requests recently passed through the state Senate 25-22, which supporters of the bill say will protect against identity theft.
WNPA – State Democrats Push Labor Union-Friendly Bills While Republicans Cry Foul Play
While state Democrats push a set of labor-union backed bills, Republicans decry the effort as special-interest politics.
The Chronicle – Our Views: Inslee And Company Choose Unions Over The Rest Of Us
It’s certainly not surprising that Gov. Jay Inslee and many of his Democratic counterparts in the Legislature routinely choose to act in the interest of state worker unions over the rest of us.
The Seattle Times – Washington State Democrats Quietly Push Curbs To Open-Records Laws
Washington’s Democrats didn’t campaign last year on rolling back the state’s Public Disclosure Act.
Home Care Daily – Washington State Senate Wrangles Over Bill That Could Allow SEIU To Collect Dues From State-Paid In-Home Workers
In the U.S. Supreme Court ruling referred to as Harris vs. Quinn, it was determined that home care workers -many of whom are relatives of those who require assistance- who did not want to pay union dues to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) could opt out. However, they would be still be able to obtain benefits of the negotiations the union held with state and local government agencies. Now, a new bill is being debated in the Washington State Senate that could, over time, undo that provision.
State Scoop – Transparency Advocates Rebuke Open Records Rollbacks In Washington State
Transparency advocates are condemning two bills moving through the Washington state legislature that would revise the state’s open-records laws and clip certain items from public view.
New York Times – Behind a Key Anti-Labor Case, a Web of Conservative Donors
In the summer of 2016, government workers in Illinois received a mailing that offered them tips on how to leave their union. By paying a so-called fair-share fee instead of standard union dues, the mailing said, they would no longer be bound by union rules and could not be punished for refusing to strike.