November 14, 2016
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Spots filling up for AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7

It’s vital that the voice of employers is heard in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. AWB is the catalytic leader and unifying voice for Washington employers – in both capitals. This December, AWB will lead a delegation of Washington business leaders to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C.

This is a prime chance to be heard by decision-makers and help inform the discussion about how regulations and laws affect the ability of employers to create and retain jobs.

The third-annual AWB fly-in will include meetings with members of Congress and the new administration, federal agency visits, a Washington state grand reception, keynote speakers, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.

Previous AWB fly-ins have included meetings with U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, most of Washington’s 10 members of Congress, and many opportunities to make important connections. Read more in this roundup of AWB’s 2015 fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325 for more information.

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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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