Labor

Good news about employment not shared statewide, Baumgartner says Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement Jan. 22 by the state Employment Security Department that Washington employment has exceeded its pre-recession peak by nearly 100,000 jobs. “It’s great to hear that we have finally caught up to... Read More...
Baumgartner bill would reduce minimum wage to create summer jobs for teens To combat Washington’s high teen unemployment rate and generate more opportunities for teen employment, Sen. Michael Baumgartner has proposed Senate Bill 6471. Baumgartner’s “Teen Summer Jobs Act” will provide employers the latitude to pay seasonal teen workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25 from June to the end of August.... Read More...
Baumgartner responds to governor’s failure to act on right-to-work State Sen. Michael Baumgartner today responded to Gov. Jay Inslee’s refusal to act on his call to begin moving Washington toward becoming a right-to-work state – a move that many believe will make Washington more attractive to employers, including Boeing. According to media reports, the spokesperson for the governor told... Read More...
Mark your calendar for our 4th Annual Flag Day Community Potluck! Greetings! We’re now in the second week of the 30-day special session of the Washington State Legislature, but unfortunately there’s not much to report. Budget negotiations are ongoing, and all sides are actively trying to reach an agreeable arrangement so the session can adjourn on time. Another item in the news... Read More...
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Baumgartner announces relevant plan to keep Boeing 777 in Washington Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, today announced a strategy that would help Washington retain and grow thousands of Boeing aerospace jobs by introducing legislation to make Washington a right-to-work state if worker’s compensation insurance rates continue to increase. Baumgartner, who serves on the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, said that the effort... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 27, 2012 Greetings Spokane, One of my main goals here in the Senate is to reform state government – to make it more effective, more efficient, less costly and more service-oriented. Taxpayers work hard for every dollar they have, and they deserve to have those tax dollars used in the most efficient... Read More...
Baumgartner says pension reform crucial to state’s fiscal health Today Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, joined by other members of the bipartisan coalition behind the state Senate’s budget, unveiled a new budget proposal aimed at bringing the House of Representatives to the negotiating table to work toward a final budget agreement. The new plan includes an amended pension-reform approach Baumgartner... Read More...
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