November 14, 2016
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Meet with lawmakers directly at 2017 Legislative Day and Hill Climb


With two months until the start of the 2017 legislative session, plans are already underway for AWB's annual Legislative Day. We'll also expand on last year's successful Hill Climb, which allowed dozens of members to meet directly with their legislators.

Legislative Day is the chance for employers to be heard in Olympia. This event brings together business leaders, legislators and special guests with one message – to keep the needs of the state's job creators top-of-mind with elected officials.

In addition to a full day of content, the Hill Climb gives attendees the opportunity to take their issues and concerns directly to their legislators on the Capitol Campus. Attendees wishing to meet with their lawmakers can let AWB know at the time of registration so appointments can be scheduled in advance of the event.

Learn more and register here, and check out highlights from last year's Hill Climb in this photo gallery and video.



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Focus on Sustainability

Cardinal Glass: A Clear Path to Energy Efficiency

Cardinal's Washington-made glass and window products help its customers around the world save money -- and the planet.

Making glass is inherently energy-intensive, but Cardinal's finished product is so energy-efficient that its carbon footprint from glass production is essentially offset within a year by the customer's reduced carbon output from lower energy use.

And Cardinal keeps its energy use as low as possible: When operating at full capacity, Cardinal's plant in Winlock has one of the lowest total emissions per ton of glass shipped of any conventional float glass plant in the world.

Read the full story in Washington Business Magazine
Don't End Workplace Flexibility

New rules complicate seasonal hiring

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Here in Washington and throughout the nation, part-time and seasonal positions have long played an important role in the economy, providing jobs with flexible schedules that benefit employers and workers alike.

With Seattle's adoption of new scheduling ordinance that restricts how employers can schedule shifts, employers and employees should keep a close eye on the unintended consequences of the nearly 50-pages of regulations, including a loss of flexibility for part-time workers, and even the loss of some part-time jobs and the benefits that come with them.

Likewise, leaders in other communities would be wise to observe the process given the recent history of a regulation starting in Seattle and spreading elsewhere...

Read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
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