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Washington will soon become the fifth state in the U.S. to offer a paid family and medical leave program for workers. It’s arguably the most forward-thinking paid family leave program in the nation.

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a bill to restructure how the state serves at-risk children and youth by creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families. It will be led by Ross Hunter, director of the state’s Department of Early Learning.


downgrade this instead ~ BossFeed Briefing from Working Washington

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BossFeed Briefing for October 23, 2017. New figures released last Wednesday showed that Washington State added 17,800 new jobs last month, continuing strong growth since voters raised the statewide minimum wage. Last Thursday, a Senate committee voted to advance nominees for key Department of Labor posts who have themselves been responsible for violations of labor laws. Last Friday it was disclosed that 31 Hanford workers inhaled radioactive materials on the job in June. Election Day is two weeks from tomorrow, and you can check out Working Washington’s endorsements for City Council races in Seattle, Tukwila, and Yakima. BossFeed is taking a few weeks off, but we’ll be back in mid-November, so send us your tips to!

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 Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan got a 25% raise this year.

Three things to know this week:

burrito Bank of America Merrill Lynch has downgraded Chipotle’s stock on the grounds that the company is paying frontline workers too much money. Glassdoor shows that national average pay for Chipotle crew members is less than $10/hour, while Bank of America’s CEO got a 25% pay raise this year to $20 million.

cart Numerous cities and regions have submitted bids to to be the site of Amazon’s new second headquarters, including the city of Calgary, which hung a giant banner in South Lake Union and hired people to do promotional sidewalk chalking around the company’s current headquarters. Amazon required bidders to keep details of their offers confidential, but a new report shows the company has already received more than $1.5 billion in public subsidies for existing facilities across the country.

hourglass More than 7,000 people died last year while waiting for their appeals of denied Social Security disability claims to be heard. Two-thirds of claims are initially rejected, and it typically takes more than 600 days for the government to resolve an appeal by someone who is seeking income support because they are unable to work.


Two things to ask:

house Can’t we do better than this? Seattle nanny Ty Messiah, a leader in the Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance, wrote in The Stranger about why she’s organizing with fellow domestic workers. These jobs rarely offer retirement or other basic workplace benefits.

plug So are we still supposed to think they’re cool? Tesla recently fired several hundred workers at its factory in Fremont, California, replacing them with temps provided by a staffing agency. The mass terminations included several leaders of the Fair Future at Tesla campaign who have been speaking up about safety issues and support unionizing the factory.


And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

pick It can be hard to keep track of all the controversial nominees to various federal agencies this past year, but this piece from ProPublica on former mining executive and now Trump administration mine safety nominee Donald Zatezalo is definitely worth a closer look. During his career, Zatezalo has served as “director of mining operations” and other key positions of responsibility during accidents that resulted in the deaths of four different miners. He was also involved in a case where his company was cited for retaliating against an employee who complained about harassment, unsafe conditions, and other issues at the mine where he worked. If confirmed by the Senate, Zatezalo would be in charge of a division of the Department of Labor responsible for enforcing mine safety, training companies on best practices, and fining companies which violate the rules.


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“I’m definitely going to need taking care of in my retirement, just like everyone else”

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“I’ve been working as a nanny in Seattle for about two years. I enjoy being a nanny because I enjoy working with children and becoming a part of a family outside of my own — it can be demanding at times but it’s never boring. Unfortunately, the job doesn’t come with any retirement benefits.

But I’m definitely going to need taking care of in retirement, just like everyone else. That’s why I’m organizing with my fellow nannies for higher standards and better benefits in our industry…”

— Ty Messiah, a leader with the Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance

Dear Friends,

Have you ever worked as a nanny or other type of domestic worker? Ever hired one? Then we want to hear from you! Check out what Seattle nanny Ty Messiah had to say in The Stranger about why she’s organizing with her fellow nannies and other domestic workers for higher standards and better benefits in the industry, and then let us know what you think.


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Best way to celebrate an anniversary is to look to the future ~ Working Washington

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It’s been exactly a year since workers won secure scheduling in Seattle!

Tens of thousands of Seattle coffee, food, and retail workers are covered by the law, which went into effect this July. Under the new law, workers get two weeks’ notice of their schedules, the right to rest between shifts, and more. In short, it means that workers get to plan their work around their lives, instead of the other way around.

The best way to celebrate an anniversary like this is to look to the future. So answer a couple quick questions about what YOUR schedule is like, and let us know if anything has changed for you & what changes you’d like to see.

Already, we’re hearing from workers who are seeing more predictable hours, more notice, and more stability when it comes to planning their lives.

And it’s not just Seattle — the movement is spreading fast! Since last September, workers have won scheduling laws like Seattle’s in Oregon and NYC, several corporations have announced improved policies, and more cities and states across the country are considering their own scheduling laws.

So…what’s YOUR work schedule like?

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Source: Seattle City Council approves worker-scheduling law, Seattle Times

SeaTac workers win nearly $2 million in backpay!

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SeaTac workers helped ignite a national movement back in 2013, when they took $15/hour to the ballot — and won.

Then came nearly four years of lawsuits and appeals by employers and lobby groups that seemed to be willing to try just about anything to avoid paying workers their $15.

 Victory: On Sept 6/2017, workers at Hertz and Thrifty Car Rental in SeaTac have won a huge settlement of nearly $2 million in backpay and interest! These workers are finally getting their $15/hour, for all the time the employers tied up the law in court instead of paying a living wage. Some workers could see as much as $30,000.

Thumbs upClick here to give a thumbs-up to the SeaTac workers who led the way and are finally going to see the $15 they deserve.

Winning $15 on Election Day is huge. Defending $15 in court is critical. But seeing $15 in your paycheck is where it really matters.

So good to see that’s finally happening.


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Source: Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, 9/6/2017