Posted inPolicy Topics

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

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.

Posted inPolicy Topics

U.S. House votes to adopt railroad labor agreement plus provide workers sick leave

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.

Posted inElections

Kim Schrier’s Republican challenger Matt Larkin calls for lowering the minimum wage

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.