Life & death

BossFeed Briefing for April 24, 2017. The State Legislature completed its regular session Sunday without passing paid family leave or agreeing on a budget. They return for a special session beginning today. Friday is Workers Memorial Day, which honors the thousands of workers who die on the job each year. May Day is one week away.

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A star is born

App-based companies like Uber & Lyft urge customers to rate service on 5-star systems and often de-activate workers whose rating falls below about 4.6, but there’s no standard definition of what each star level is supposed to indicate...

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The opposite of Nostradamus

Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year it takes for the median woman worker to earn what the median male worker earned in the previous year. Last Friday the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. May Day is exactly three weeks from today.

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Not a real person

The Washington State House introduced a budget proposal last Monday which included start-up funding for paid family leave. In Washington, DC, a Senate committee voted on Thursday to advance the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be the next Secretary of Labor. And tomorrow marks the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"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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