October 15, 2018
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Week-long celebration of Washington's manufacturing sector highlights employers, family-wage jobs and world-class products

Seven days, one custom-wrapped bus, nearly 1,700 miles traveled, nearly 50 manufacturing shop floor visits and hundreds of great employer and employee stories. AWB's second-annual Manufacturing Week bus tour hit the road Oct. 4 and concluded Friday, Oct. 12. The goal of the tour was to celebrate and highlight the important role the manufacturing sector and its employees play in supporting the state and local economy.

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AWB's Manufacturing Excellence award winners announced during Manufacturing Week bus tour

Three of the four AWB Manufacturing Excellence award winners were announced on the companies' shop floors during the cross-state Manufacturing Week bus tour last week. The companies will be recognized and presented with their award hardware at the annual Evening of Excellence awards gala Nov. 28 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

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AWB's 2018 Rural Jobs Summit takes place Nov. 8-9

It has been nearly a year since AWB's two-day Rural Jobs Summit took place in Moses Lake. The event built on an important dialogue that began in March 2017 on solutions to expand economic opportunity to rural areas in every county across the state. The discussion will continue at the 2018 Rural Jobs Summit Nov. 8-9 at Lower Columbia College in Longview. Reserve your spot early as space is limited.

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Ballots mailed out this week, AWB candidate endorsements and opposition to I-1631 locked in for November election

It's time to vote. The Secretary of State's Office has a deadline of this Friday to mail ballots to all registered voters in Washington state. AWB finalized its 2018 general election endorsements last month. In July, the AWB board voted to oppose Initiative 1631, which would create a carbon "fee" and a new unelected, 15-member board tasked with spending the billions of dollars generated from consumers in the form of higher prices for energy, fuel and natural gas.

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AWB president explains the 'Power of a Manufacturing Job' in new WorkSource video

The governor officially declared October as "Careers in Manufacturing Month." To help highlight the manufacturing sector and the good-paying jobs it offers, AWB, WorkSource and the state Employment Security Department teamed up to create a website connecting job seekers with manufacturing jobs and produce a video detailing the power of a manufacturing job. The goal is to encourage job seekers to take another look at today's manufacturing jobs -- they're tech-heavy, hands-on and, as it happens, abundant.

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Other News

Alaffia awarded U.S. Secretary of State's Corporate Excellence Award

The Washington success story of Alaffia was recognized at the highest levels of the federal government last week in the nation's capital. Alaffia received the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women's Economic Empowerment Oct. 5 at a ceremony in the Ben Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. Earlier in the day, Alaffia co-founders Olowo-n'djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde went to the White House and met with Ivanka Trump, who is leading a global women's economic empowerment initiative.

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State Superintendent calls for new capital gains tax in budget proposal

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal has proposed a new capital gains tax in Washington to help pay for public education.

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L&I seeks feedback on employee overtime rule changes

The state Department of Labor and Industries is hosting public feedback sessions this month to take comments on the agency's proposed changes to employee overtime rules. The pre-draft rules became available Oct. 5. Three feedback sessions on the proposed rule changes take place this week in Everett, Richland and Spokane. The deadline for providing feedback is Friday, Oct. 26.

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Starbucks strengthens daycare benefits so employees can better care for families

Starbucks continues to create a stronger benefits package for its employees. The company recently announced a new program that offers up to 10 "backup care days" at affordable rates. This will allow workers to quickly arrange daycare for a child or an adult when their primary care option falls through, for example. The move is aimed at reducing employee absences.

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WorkSource website created to link job seekers with manufacturing opportunities

In honor of the governor declaring October as "Careers in Manufacturing Month," WorkSource launched a new website in partnership with the state Employment Security Department and AWB to help connect workers looking for jobs in the manufacturing sector with employers.

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AWB Events & Resources

Safety first: Take AWB's OSHA 10 Training on Oct. 22-23

AWB will offer a two-day OSHA training program at its headquarters in Olympia in October. It's designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors and anyone involved in the construction industry.

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Nov. 14 webinar covers 12 most common mistakes to avoid in selling a business

Expert panelists Kristofer Gray CFP, Robert Hild, and Gregory Russell will walk through many of the common challenges affecting business owners on the subjects of selling a business and succession planning during a Nov. 14 webinar. Registration for the webinar is now open.

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Celebrate Washington's extraordinary employers at AWB's Evening of Excellence Nov. 28

AWB will roll out the red carpet again this year for its third-annual Evening of Excellence awards gala at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Nov. 28. It's AWB's chance to celebrate innovation, environmental stewardship and the overall community spirit of Washington's diverse employer community.

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Best of the Blog

AWB awards Green Manufacturer of the Year on final leg of 2018 tour

The final day of AWB's bus tour started with an early-morning visit to Insitu, the pioneering manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems. Located along the Columbia River in the tiny town of Bingen, the company headquarters is a state-of-the-art LEED certified building at the Port of Klickitat. The company, a subsidiary of Boeing, designs, produces and operates unmanned aircraft systems in a variety of sectors including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as government and commercial industries. Read the full blog post.

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Career Growth Opportunities

"We love to have people start with us and grow their careers with us." ~ Terry Judge, HOTSTART's chief executive officer, speaking with The Spokesman-Review on the career and growth opportunities within his manufacturing company.

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Unequal Tax Treatment

Vote 'no' on I-1631

By The Longview Daily News

Initiative 1631 is a simple, attractive concept: Impose a steadily increasing fee on large emitters of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, and put the money toward environmental causes. It's often called the carbon tax, and while it's not currently in use in the United States, it has a broad appeal. I-1631 would make Washington the first state to impose one. But the initiative's execution is neither simple nor attractive. Its writers are proposing a tissue of favoritism, exceptions and unequal treatment...

No one likes paying the gas tax, but in important ways, it treats road users fairly. Carbon taxes are attractive even to many conservatives and business interests because they can have that same element of fairness. They can adjust organically and reward those who cut their climate impacts instead of those whose friends helped write the law.

Initiative 1631 throws that philosophy out the window in favor of cliquish, top-down rulings on what is and is not worthy...

Washington voters strongly rejected a less expensive carbon tax initiative in 2016, and they should reject I-1631 as well.

Read the full editorial in The Longview Daily News
Too Many Unanswered Questions

In Our View: Vote 'no' on carbon fee

By The Columbian Editorial Board

Opponents of Initiative 1631, which would place a fee on carbon emitters in Washington, have taken aim at the fact that the TransAlta coal-fired plant in Centralia would be exempt from the fee. While the TransAlta issue is more complex than critics would lead voters to believe, it does raise questions about the proposed carbon fee.

Because of those questions, The Columbian's Editorial Board recommends a "no" vote on Initiative 1631. As always, this is merely a recommendation; The Columbian urges voters to take a close look at this important measure before casting a ballot.

Read the full editorial in The Columbian
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