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Initiative 1433 Will Increase WA Minimum Wage, but Job Seekers Deserve a Better Law, According to State Business Associations

Initiative 1433WA Initiative 1433 Aims to Raise State Minimum Wage

Washington employers of all sizes and from a cross-section of industries voiced concern today that although raising the minimum wage through Initiative 1433 sounds good, the unintended consequences could be harmful, particularly for first-time job seekers.

Business groups, including the Association of Washington Business (AWB), Washington Restaurant Association, Washington Lodging Association, Washington Farm Bureau, Association of General Contractors (AGC), Washington Bankers Association, and the Washington Affordable Housing Council oppose the initiative, but also believe that a thoughtful middle ground to increase the minimum wage could have been found in the Legislature. Continue Reading

Fair Work Center launches to help workers navigate Seattle’s new labor laws

Fair Work Center Nonprofit will partner with new law clinic at University of Washington SEATTLE—With new wage laws now in effect in Seattle, the nonprofit Fair Work Center has launched to help workers better understand their rights and the city’s labor standards. “Seattle is fortunate to have a suite of newly adopted labor laws, including… Continue Reading

Motion Picture and TV Industry is Responsible for more than 37,600 Jobs in Washington

Motion Picture and TV Industry Directly Employs More than 8,500 Local Workers and Paying $348.5 Million in Wages Supporting TPA and Strong Trade Agreements Will Boost Washington’s Film and TV Economic Sector  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as Congress continues to consider Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) is… Continue Reading

Michelle Flandreau is New Vice President Of Marketing at Guidant Financial

Bellevue’s Guidant Financial Names Michelle Flandreau VP Marketing Bellevue-based small business financing specialist Guidant Financial has hired Michelle Flandreau as vice president of marketing. Based in Guidant‘s Bellevue headquarters,  Michelle Flandreau‘s hiring is in Guidant’s 12th year in business.  Guidant Financial’s state goal is to put $350 million to work for small business in 2015.  Reaching this goal will help empower entrepreneurs to help realize their… Continue Reading

Eastside Employers Invited to Commute Advantage WorkSmart Telework Workshop in Bellevue

Eastside Employers to Learn How to Profit from Workplace Strategy Eastside Employers Will Find Predictable, flexible and efficient commute options keys to employee retention and productivity Teleworking allows employees to do more while commuting less with Eastside employers seeing a return to their bottom line. Eastside Employers could save 25 to 90 percent in overhead, in… Continue Reading

Covenant Retirement Communities Promotes Terri Cunliffe to CEO

Terri Cunliffe Promoted to CEO After 25 Years at Convenant Retirement Communities The board of directors of Chicago-based Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), owner and operator of 14 senior living communities nationwide, has named Terri Cunliffe as its chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2015. Cunliffe, who has served as CRC’s COO since 2010 and has… Continue Reading

WSU Creamery Announces New Manager

John Haugen will manage the Washington State University Creamery effective Aug. 1. He has been assistant manager since 1999. He will replace Russ Salvadalena, manager since July 2000, who plans to retire in January after assisting with personnel transition and special projects. Information about the assistant manager vacancy can be found at https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/18564. Those interested… Continue Reading

ABC of Western Washington hires new Membership Development Manager

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington has hired Katie Anfinsen as Membership Development Manager. She has taken over responsibility for membership growth from Wendy Novak who became president of the chapter in April. Anfinsen has a strong background in relationship sales and customer service. She returned to the Seattle area after spending eight years… Continue Reading

Michelle Leroux Hired as Director of Public Relations at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Michelle Leroux, Whistler local for over ten years, joins Fairmont from Whistler Blackcomb, the No. 1 ranked resort in the world, where she managed teams for Public Relations, Communications and Social Media. Leroux’s experience as a public relations professional within the sport, tourism and destination travel industry spans almost thirteen years. Three of those years… Continue Reading