December 9, 2019
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Spokane Lunch and Learn: mounting costs of childcare in the workplace

Join AWB in Spokane on Wednesday, Dec. 18, for a lunch and learn session on the timely issue of "the mounting costs of childcare in the workplace." AWB's Amy Anderson will be joined by former Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess and former state Rep. Ruth Kagi for an interactive, solutions-oriented discussion.

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Save the date for AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb -- Jan. 28

Join AWB this January for some "Capitol Conversation" in Olympia. The annual Legislative Day & Hill Climb allows AWB members to take their business issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Non-members can register for the reception, but the hill climb and legislative update are members-only exclusive-access opportunities. If your business is a member of the state chamber of commerce, register today!

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Registration now open for 2020 HR and employment law webinar series

AWB's makes it a little easier to help your business stay up-to-date on the latest changes in employment and human resources law. This popular six-month webinar series kicks off in February and runs through July 1. Register today for the best rate.

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USMCA Now

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/lsrdsurvey.

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.