"The only difference is the compensation"

A Senate committee held confirmation hearings last Wednesday on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be the next Secretary of Labor. The US House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act last Thursday, and then last Friday, and now not for the foreseeable future. Later this afternoon the Washington State Legislature will hold a work session on portable benefits for app-based workers.

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A bigger rat

It's been less than a week and a least a half-dozen controversies since the President's address to a joint session of Congress. And we're just two days from a major cutoff at the State Legislature: any bill that doesn't pass its "house of origin" by March 8th is likely dead for the year... unless it's declared "necessary to implement the budget." 

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Short month, long year 

BossFeed Briefing for February 27, 2017. We are now one week into the second month of the Trump Administration, and approaching the third month of the 2017 State Legislative session. The Congressional recess is now officially over, and the State of the Union is set for tomorrow.

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__________ Day

BossFeed Briefing for 2/20/2017. Today is a holiday for lots of people who don’t work in front-line customer service jobs, healthcare, or emergency services. It’s the one month anniversary of Inauguration Day. And it’s been five days since bills to roll back the minimum wage advanced out of a State Senate committee. 

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The collapse

It's been four weeks since inauguration day. Confirmation hearings for fast food CEO Andy Puzder to be the next Secretary of Labor are scheduled for Thursday, February 16th. Our State Legislature is considering bills to provide paid family leave… and to roll back the minimum wage.

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On the agenda

Election results should start getting posted to the state’s website at about 8:15 tomorrow… but before you jump to any conclusions about early results, make sure to take note of whether King County has posted yet. King is expected to be a strong base of support for I-1433 and pro-worker candidates, and it’s big — about 1 million votes will be cast by King County voters.

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Eight days to say goodbye to nine dollars and change

Two months from today could be the last day of the nine-dollar-and-change minimum wage in Washington State. If Initiative 1433 passes, then on January 1st, 2017, the state minimum wage will increase from $9.47 to $11.00 on its way to $13.50/hour, raising up more than 700,000 underpaid workers and pumping millions of dollars into the economy. (Paid sick days would take effect a year later.

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BossFeed: As much as they can get away with

The week in work: one easy way to know if you’re a sucky employer; the Chamber of Commerce does what it does; they still don’t want to pay women; an octopus against Republicanism, birds for clean energy, and cats against the military-industrial complex.

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BossFeed: Can you hear them now?

BossFeed, the week in work: the industry lobby lines up against secure scheduling from Fox News to the Yakima Valley; wage theft by the big movie studios; how about you automate management first; a pony escapes some things, an elephant charges, and SeaWorld snoops.

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BossFeed: Manufacturing dissent

BossFeed, the week in work: what happens when workers stop being polite; an app notification your boss shouldn’t get; praying for  rights; a pig tries to vote, and alligator in Wendy’s, and a possum gets evicted.

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BossFeed: If they could turn back time

The week in work: we raise wages and the economy booms, part 197; Amazon gets Google to shut down organizing; ugly treatment of dairy workers and blueberry pickers; a lizard gets a promotion, a billionaire destroys something irreplaceable, and a dog finishes seventh.

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BossFeed: Oh, the humanity

The week in work: taking the humanity out of customer service; 1 in 3 households on the verge of a financial breakdown; Chipotle passes paid sick leave; a cow flees slaughter, a flock of sheep collaborates, and a monkey loses its head.

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BossFeed: Over the borderline

BossFeed, the week in work: minimum wage opponents call up the menace of Idaho; Amazon fined for safety violations; Spokane passes paid sick & safe time; Finland requires asylum seekers to work for free; elephants retire, manatees policed, and a shark on hunger strike.

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