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AWB Legislative Summit: Jan. 27 at the Olympia Red Lion



Register now for the 2015 AWB Legislative Summit! The agenda includes legislative panels on priority issues in the 2015 legislative session, luncheon with invited keynote speaker Gov. Jay Inslee, presentation of AWB’s annual Better Workplace Awards and a legislative reception with our elected officials.

Register online now and reserve a room at the Red Lion hotel. For event sponsorship information, contact Karlee Keith at KarleeK@awb.org or 800.521.9325.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Port slowdown's potential devastating impacts on Washington businesses


By AWB President Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association

The contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers unions and the Pacific Maritime Association has nearly ground Seattle and Tacoma port traffic to a halt at the worst possible time. In our trade-heavy state, businesses are rightly worried this contract standstill could lead to a complete work stoppage.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), when a breakdown in contract negotiations resulted in a 10-day lockout in 2002, it cost the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion a day, and took half a year to clear the backlog. A shutdown now could be even more costly, an estimated $2 billion each day, according to a study conducted by NAM and the National Retail Federation.

Given our dependence on ports for nearly all industries -- imports and exports --  the slowdown could ultimately impact already-stressed state and local budgets.

The timing is devastating for agriculturists and retailers...

READ MORE: Click here for the full op-ed column from Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney in The Seattle Times
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