[caption id="attachment_93144" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Student employee group on Washington State University campuses file to form union (Photo courtesy of UAW)[/caption] On the heels of unionization efforts at the University of Washington and the University of California, about 1,600 grad...
[caption id="attachment_55026" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/SeventyFour[/caption] The American workforce is in the midst of a record number of resignations, with more than 4.4 million employees jumping ship in September, and more expected to follow. Globally, mor...
[caption id="attachment_36422" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/Drazen Zigic[/caption] Seattle school workers have accused the city school district of unfair labor practices for ordering hundreds of educators back to the classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Represented by...
[caption id="attachment_34081" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Tomas Ragina[/caption] A new worker protection law winding through the Washington state legislature could provide health care providers extra breathing room to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
Employees deserve to be paid a fair living wage. In 2013, the city of SeaTac passed a new law to pay workers a fair minimum wage, paid leave, and other provisions. The ordinance raised minimum wage to $15 for hospitality and transportation workers. Since then, the minimum wage increases every year f...
About two years after launching an initiative to eliminate "no-poach" agreements that franchise operators have used to restrict worker wages and mobility in Washington state, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office has succeeded in that effort. In a report released Tuesday, Ferguson said mi...
While the federal government hashes out the details of the third phase of its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may include direct payments to taxpayers, here’s a recap of the main coronavirus benefits and protections on the books. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR...
Nearly two years after Seattle City Council’s dramatic (and ultimately failed) attempt to tax big businesses on a per-employee basis, Washington state lawmakers are taking a new approach–this time widening the tax net to encompass businesses in all of King County. Like the City Council’s so-c...
The Seattle City Council, which often prides itself as a defender of workers’ rights amid one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., might look totally different after Nov. 5 general elections. All seven of the Council’s district seats are on the ballot but only three incumbents are runni...
[caption id="attachment_11507" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Clipboard with non-compete agreement and pen on wooden desk background[/caption] Washington State's recent restrictions on non-compete contracts won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2020, but employees potentially affected by the chang...