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Category Archives: Economic Security

U.S. Senate Republicans use chamber’s undemocratic sixty-vote threshold to deny railroad workers sick leave they need

Excerpt: Senate Republicans used the chamber's undemocratic sixty vote threshold to nix a concurrent resolution in Congress to require paid sick leave for railroad workers. Democratic and independent senators voted for it, but most Republicans withheld their votes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House votes to adopt railroad labor agreement plus provide workers sick leave

Excerpt: If the Senate signs off on the proposed modification to the labor agreement, President Biden could sign the new terms into law and obligate railroads to provide sick leave to their workers, which they should have simply agreed to do in the first place in negotiations, obviating the need for congressional intervention.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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An overwhelming majority of King County voters oppose the Kroger/Albertsons merger

Excerpt: 68% of respondents surveyed for NPI by Change Research said they opposed the merger, while just 17% said they supported it. Nearly half (48%) said they were strongly opposed, while only 5% were strongly supportive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kim Schrier’s Republican challenger Matt Larkin calls for lowering the minimum wage

Excerpt: Having seemingly not learned any lessons from Dino Rossi's four unsuccessful bids for higher office this century, Kim Schrier's Republican opponent Matt Larkin declared this week in an interview with The Herald of Everett that Washington's minimum wage should be "closer" to the federal hourly minimum of $7.25.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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A majority of Washington voters agree more with Democrats about the causes of inflation

Excerpt: 50% of 782 likely voters interviewed for NPI by Public Policy from October 19th-20th said they agreed more with Democrats about the causes of inflation and price increases, while 43% agreed with Republicans more. 7% were not sure. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Federal government should move swiftly to thwart Kroger/Albertsons merger

Excerpt: The Department of Justice should fight this merger -- including in court if necessary -- to uphold our antitrust laws, defend U.S. households from anticompetitive business practices, and protect the shareholders of these companies from executives' counterproductive empire-building ambitions. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Railway strike averted thanks to eleventh hour deal brokered by Biden administration

Excerpt: Negotiators representing American railroad workers have reached an agreement with the nation's biggest railways on a new contract that will keep the nation's railways open and avoid a strike that could have raised prices and hurt the economy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking worker organizing, ALU’s future with Chris Smalls

Excerpt: In this sixth installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with organizer and Amazon Labor Union President Chris Smalls about the unifying power of workers joining forces to bargain collectively and the future of the ALU.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Way beyond political theater: Greg Abbott is hiking prices on Texans by choking commerce

Excerpt: Business leaders are furious that truck traffic across the border with Mexico has mostly ground to a halt due to the implementation of Abbott's scheme requiring trucks to be "inspected" by state level officials answerable to him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Left Behind puts the DLC’s failed track record under a microscope

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality, by historian Lily Geismer, an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Washington State House of Representatives votes to protect workers, repeal BIAW’s I‑841

Excerpt: House Bill 1837 is simple: it gets rid of the restriction on the regulation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics. The bill is so simple that it fits on two pages (with margins removed)
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jessyn Farrell talks with NPI about her 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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The Biden-Harris administration’s American Rescue Plan is popular with Washingtonians

Excerpt: 60% of nine hundred and ninety two likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed late last month by Public Policy Polling said they supported the American Rescue Plan, while 32% were opposed and 8% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden congratulates Washington for adopting overtime pay law for farmworkers

Excerpt: It's not often that the President of the United States issues a statement weighing in on the passage of a law at the state level. As Biden's comments make clear, this issue is really, really important to him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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