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Unions brace for Court decision that could end forced unionism

September 16, 2015 in Blog

In three months, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the potentially precedent-setting and game-changing Freidichs v California’s Teacher Association case.  The case was filed by California teachers who argue the compulsory union dues they are forced to pay are unconstitutional.  If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiff, Rebecca Freidichs, individual teachers would have the right to decide for themselves whether to join and support a union. 

WPC joins landmark labor case in U.S. Supreme Court

September 16, 2015 in Blog

Washingotn Policy Center has signed onto an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in an important U.S. Supreme Court case impacting worker freedom.

Yakima boasts nation’s third highest “real” minimum wage; $15 Now wants more

September 2, 2015 in Blog

As voters in Tacoma and Spokane prepare to decide whether to increase their cities’ minimum wage, $15 Now has set the rural city of Yakima in its sights.

The union-backed movement plans a rally today in Yakima to launch their campaign to force employers in that city to pay all workers a $15 minimum wage.  The group, Working Washington, has called for Yakima's agricultural, fast food and other entry-level-wage workers to join them in demanding the same $15 wage as workers in Seatac and Spokane.

Spokane City Council tables paid sick leave proposal

August 15, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday the Spokane City Council announced it has put off considering a paid sick leave proposal until next year's budget work is complete.  The City says the decision is in response to numerous requests for “additional time to public input and a more detailed analysis of potential economic and community health impacts.”