March 5, 2018
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Labor relations for beginners: for union and non-union workplaces

Attorney Selena Smith will present a seminar in Seattle on April 26 to offer guidance on collective bargaining, Section 7 rights, handbook policies, responding to union organizing campaigns, and decertification basics. Your questions are welcome as we cover the basics of labor relations.

What you’ll learn:

  • Do’s and Don’ts in Collective Bargaining
  • Defining Protected, Concerted Activity
  • Handbook Guidance
  • Tips for Remaining (or Becoming) Non-Union

Smith, a shareholder with the law firm Davis Grimm Payne & Marra, offers a proactive approach with her clients, providing day-to-day advice, training, and guidance concerning handbooks and labor agreements. In addition, she represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Smith combines her knowledge and experience in labor and employment law with strategic advice to fit her clients’ unique needs.

The seminar will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 26 at 701 Fifth Ave., Suite 4040, Seattle, in the Columbia Tower Club in the West Room on the 40th floor.

Learn more and register here.

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A Lifetime of Learning

Workforce development begins young, continues over lifetime

By AWB President Kris Johnson

We all want our kids to grow up in a state with good-paying job prospects and the training to match them.

Today, there is a laser focus by our association's membership and other groups about the need to fill the workforce pipeline with skilled, job-ready workers. There simply aren't enough workers to fill the high-tech, high-wage jobs available in our state and nation.

We're working to address that problem by advocating for robust career and technical programming in our middle and high schools, training and certificate programs for high-demand jobs at our state's community and technical colleges.

We'll be talking about those very issues at the second-annual AWB Workforce Summit on March 21 in Bellevue.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Business World
Dealing with Debt

State needs to begin paying down its bond debt

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

Duane Davidson, now in his second year of office, hasn't been one to pursue many policy issues with lawmakers, unlike his predecessor who outlined an ambitious tax reform proposal that earned little interest. But Davidson has taken a stand to defend against raids of the "rainy day" fund and asked lawmakers to consider using some of the additional revenue to pay down the state's bond debt, add to its "rainy day" reserves or pay more toward its unfunded pension obligations. Their choice.

"I think that money would be better spent paying down any debt, pick your debt," Davidson said.

And there's significant debt to pay down.

The state's Debt Affordability Study for 2018, released by Davidson's office, reports that the state's debt portfolio has over the course of the last 20 years grown from $6.8 billion to more than $19 billion and totals $21 billion when financing contracts are included....

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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