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  • Is paid sick leave killing Seattle?
    Celebrating the one-year anniversary(ish) of Seattle's Paid Sick Leave ordinance, today members of the The Main Street Alliance of Washington, a coalition representing more than 2,500 small businesses across Washington state, released a report that basically confirms that despite the business-killing socialist Hellscape promised by paid sick leave opponents, business is still booming in King County.
  • A state judge ruled Indiana's recently adopted anti-union freeloader law violates the state's constitution. The state attorney general will appeal.
  • A big organizing drive in the works:
    IAM is embarking a long-term effort to unionize some 5,600 workers at 23 North American plants run by Jeld-Wen, an international company with additional factories in Europe and Asia. The union's interest was raised after being approached by pro-union workers anxious to establish higher wages and safer working conditions, particularly at plants in Chiloquin and Klamath Falls, Ore., says Bill Street of IAM.
  • How should you understand a new study of how TFA teachers compare to other teachers? Dana Goldstein digs into the details and context.
  • Oh, look at that. That's the share of college-educated workers in fast food growing. And not because the jobs are getting better.

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  •  That TFA "study" is skewed. Big time. (0+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 03:45:49 PM PDT

  •  Jeld-Wen (0+ / 0-)

    is a major sponsor of sporting events ranging from professional golf to hockey to race cars, both NASCAR and in Australia. They can afford to pay better wages, IMHO.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:36:19 PM PDT

  •  new LinkedIn category: "you want fries with that" (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh, look at that. That's the share of college-educated workers in fast food growing. And not because the jobs are getting better.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:42:27 PM PDT

  •  Great comment on the Seattle (4+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, Dbug, Chas 981, myboo

    sick leave article from SLOG:

    Does the Washington Restaurant Association ever tire of being wrong? Do their members ever notice they pay dues to an organization that lobbies under false assumptions AND sucks at getting these socialist utopia bills defeated?

    Tie the minimum wage to inflation? We'll all go out of business.

    no Smoking? We'll all go out of business.

    no styrofoam? We'll all go out of business.

    Food Trucks? We'll all go out of business.

    sick Leave? We'll all go out of business.


    I would say Seattle is in a golden age for foodies. My family eats out frequently and there is always a new and exciting place to check out. As a customer I've noticed no negative impacts from these progressive changes.

    There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

    by BeerNotWar on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:29:10 PM PDT

    •  WA has the highest minimum wage in the US (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't remember the exact number (over $9.00 I think), but it's tied to the inflation rate and goes up every year, by a little or a lot. And yet there are still McDonald's restaurants. So that's good (I mean the minimum wage is good, not the McDonald's).

      What's bad is that there's no state income tax, just a very high sales tax and various other taxes and fees (on tobacco and gas and property and whatever). Poor people pay a bigger percentage of their income in taxes (mostly sales tax) than rich people do. Bill Gates's father sponsored an initiative to start an income tax, but it lost.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:16:11 PM PDT

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      •  The reason it lost was interesting (2+ / 0-)
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        myboo, Dbug

        A majority supported an income tax on the wealthy, but polls showed that many were afraid the tax would be broadened to include middle and low-income earners later on. I'm surprised nobody has tried a new initiative with different language.

        There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

        by BeerNotWar on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:37:50 PM PDT

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    •  And unemployment in King County (1+ / 0-)
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      (which includes Seattle) is at 5.1%, second-lowest of any county in the state:
      WA state employment security dept

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