Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

Seattle voters overwhelmingly oppose weakening the PayUp ordinance, NPI poll finds

60% of like­ly Novem­ber 2024 Emer­ald City vot­ers don’t like Coun­cilmem­ber Sara Nel­son’s pro­pos­al to roll back min­i­mum pay stan­dards and work­place pro­tec­tions for app-based deliv­ery dri­vers — but there is plen­ty of enthu­si­asm for lim­it­ing the fees that com­pa­nies like Door­Dash and Instacart can charge their customers. 

Posted inPolicy Topics

69% of likely 2024 Washington voters support the Oil Industry Accountability Act

More than two-thirds of a sam­ple of like­ly vot­ers sur­veyed from Novem­ber 14th-15th, 2023 by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling for NPI backed the idea of reg­u­lat­ing unfair oil com­pa­ny busi­ness prac­tices with pric­ing trans­paren­cy leg­is­la­tion, which is what Sen­a­tor Joe Nguyen’s recent­ly intro­duced Oil Indus­try Account­abil­i­ty Act (Sen­ate Bill 6052) pro­pos­es to do.

Posted inPolicy Topics

2023 was a bad year for banking and 2024 could be worse

After the Great Reces­sion, law­mak­ers promised that the reforms they insti­tut­ed secured America’s bank­ing sec­tor. How­ev­er, as long as the Unit­ed States sticks to a pre­dom­i­nate­ly pri­vate bank­ing sec­tor — one that can­not oper­ate counter-cycli­cal­ly nor ded­i­cate financ­ing to social needs — that promise of long-term secu­ri­ty is elusive.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Teamsters secure big, historic wins in tentative contract agreement with UPS

“Rank-and-file UPS Team­sters sac­ri­ficed every­thing to get this coun­try through a pan­dem­ic and enabled UPS to reap record-set­ting prof­its. Team­ster labor moves Amer­i­ca. The union went into this fight com­mit­ted to win­ning for our mem­bers. We demand­ed the best con­tract in the his­to­ry of UPS, and we got it,” said Team­sters Gen­er­al Pres­i­dent Sean M. O’Brien in a statement.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Two-thirds of Washington voters support barring gender-based price discrimination

67% of 874 like­ly vot­ers inter­viewed in March of 2023 by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling voiced sup­port for pro­hibit­ing peo­ple or busi­ness­es “from charg­ing dif­fer­ent prices for two sub­stan­tial­ly sim­i­lar goods based on the gen­der of the per­sons to whom the goods are mar­ket­ed,” which is what Sen­ate Bill 5171 would do if enact­ed. 59% were strong­ly sup­port­ive and anoth­er 8% were some­what supportive. 

Posted inCivil Liberties

Manka Dhingra’s youth-inspired bill to ban gender-based price discrimination advances

SB 5171 is youth-inspired leg­is­la­tion that Dhin­gra, a North­west Pro­gres­sive Foun­da­tion board­mem­ber, intro­duced in part­ner­ship with civi­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed stu­dents from Lake Wash­ing­ton High School in Kirk­land. If passed, it will stop retail­ers from charg­ing Wash­ing­to­ni­ans (espe­cial­ly those who iden­ti­fy as female) extra for prod­ucts mere­ly because they are mar­ket­ed to a par­tic­u­lar gender.