August 11, 2014
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With the primary over, attention turns to Nov. 4 general election

A number of employer-friendly candidates had a strong showing in last Tuesday's general election. A key member of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Sen. Tim Sheldon, came in second in a three-person race and will face a fellow Democrat in the general election. Read more »

Meet the candidates at AWB-sponsored interviews around the state

AWB will hold a series of interviews with legislative candidates in late August and early September. This is your chance to meet the candidates and see which ones would help improve the state's business climate. Read more »

Video: SCAFCO Grain Systems thriving in global sales thanks to Ex-Im Bank

Hundreds of Spokane-area jobs depend on the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The details are in a new AWB-produced video featuring SCAFCO Grain Systems.
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All five living Washington governors urge Supreme Court to show restraint in oversight of Legislature

In a remarkable move, every ex-governor of the state signed a short friend of the court brief urging the state's high court to avoid pushing the Legislature into a hasty round of horse trading to meet the McCleary school funding obligation. Read more »

Nominate now for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards

The deadline is approaching for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Send your nominations for companies that are leading the way in innovation, green manufacturing and operational excellence. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Climate Committee to meet Tuesday with new consultant

The AWB Climate Committee will meet this Tuesday with Quinn Thomas Public Affairs, the committee's new climate strategy consultant.

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Unemployment Insurance Committee meeting Wednesday at AWB

The AWB Unemployment Insurance Committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. this Wednesday at AWB. Contact Bob Battles with questions. To sign up to participate by conference call, contact Connie Grande.

Education & Workforce Training Committee to meet Aug. 18

Mark your calendars for 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18, when the Education & Workforce Training Committee will meet at AWB. Contact Sheri Nelson to learn more. To participate by conference call, contact Connie Grande.

Workplace Safety Committee to meet on Aug. 25 with members of L&I and Occupational Safety

The Workplace Safety Committee will meet Aug. 25. AWB has invited the Department of Labor and Industries' Division of Occupational Safety and Health to present on proposed penalty rule changes. Read more »

Minimum Wage Committee sets next meeting for Aug. 25

After a productive meeting last week, AWB's Minimum Wage Committee set a follow-up meeting for 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25. Contact Bob Battles to learn more. The meeting will take place at AWB. A conference call option will be available; contact Connie Grande to sign up.

Health Care Committee to meet Aug. 26 with director of Health Care Price Transparency Project

Members of the AWB Health Care Committee are urged to attend an Aug. 26 meeting that will cover issues such as implementation of a database of health care claims.

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AWB water, air and land committees to meet Aug. 26, 27 and 28

The AWB Water Quality Committee will meet Aug. 26. The Air Quality Committee will meet Aug. 27, with several members of the Department of Ecology on hand to answer questions. The Land Use Committee meets on Aug. 28. All meetings are at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars and contact Brandon Houskeeper or Michael Ennis at 800.521.9325 to learn more.

Take part in AWB's regional meetings Sept. 3-11

Meet with AWB leaders and share your story of how Washington's business climate is working -- or how it needs to improve. Help influence AWB's 2015 legislative priorities by visiting a regional meeting near you. They begin Sept. 3 in Vancouver and conclude Sept. 11 in Bellevue.

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Other News

Russia imposes ban on U.S. farm products just as harvest season begins

Angry at international sanctions over its annexation of Crimea, Russia announced a ban on imports of a long list of American crops. The ban will have an impact on Washington producers, especially pears and apples, just as harvest season begins. Overall, however, the impact on Washington isn't expected to be significant.

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Franchise group files injunction to block phase-in of Seattle's $15 minimum wage

The International Franchise Association asked a federal judge last week to block the tiered phase-in of Seattle's $15 minimum wage, saying the owners of local franchises face a competitive disadvantage from the law. Read more »

New aerospace manufacturing training center coming together in Everett

Everett Community College is in the middle of building a hands-on place to train workers in welding, composites manufacturing, machining and operating computer-driven milling equipment. Read more »

Women excelling in manufacturing are eligible for STEP Awards

While women make up half of the workforce, they are only a quarter of the manufacturing labor force. The Manufacturing Institute aims to change that, in part, by recognizing exceptional women in manufacturing. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards. Read more »

Washington Access Fund seeking nominations for businesses that improve life for people with disabilities

Businesses, organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy efforts to include, serve and help people with disabilities are eligible for awards from the Washington Access Fund.

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AWB Events & Resources

Meet military, business, political leaders at Policy Summit Sept. 16-18

From a retired Army general to the CEO of Alaska Airlines, AWB's Policy Summit will introduce you to fascinating and innovative leaders. Your reservation for the 25th annual Policy Summit Sept. 16-18 at Suncadia Resort will include a complimentary Cutter & Buck jacket or pullover. Read more »

They Said It

Time for a change

"As you look around the state, I think voters are looking for an alternative to a one-party state." ~ Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-Tacoma, after he and other Republicans made a strong statewide showing in Tuesday's primary election.

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The Achilles heel of Washington trade is under the knife

By Eric Schinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade

The case for reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank is very straightforward, particularly for Washington, which exports twice the national average and where 40 percent of jobs are tied to trade. In the last five years, the Ex-Im Bank has financed $91 billion of Washington exports from 165 businesses, over 70 percent of which were small and medium-sized businesses. These are businesses like L'Ecole 41 Winery in Walla Walla, Manhasset Specialty Company in Yakima and Columbia Machine in Vancouver.

By the U.S. International Trade Administration's calculation, the Bank supported 120,000 jobs in Washington state in 2013 alone.
Click to read the full column from Crosscut

2014 Legislative Review: Labor &Employment Law

After a short session filled with passionate debate over a number of primarily union-backed legislative proposals, nothing ended up passing all the way through the process.

However, a number of major themes were teed up for the campaign season and the next session, from mandatory paid sick leave to a $3 per hour boost in the statewide minimum wage.
Click to read the full story from Washington Business Magazine
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