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Safety tip of the week

Rules for electrical safety Improperly using electrical equipment can create serious hazards for workers. Special safety features built into equipment often are rendered ineffective when equipment is manipulated or misused. This can harm workers and damage the...

Carbon tax initiative would hurt consumers and retailers

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The carbon tax initiative on the fall ballot, Initiative 1631, would be a new, unfair energy and gasoline tax that would cost consumers hundreds of dollars a year while forcing retailers to raise prices to compensate for the resulting...

WRA Joins Port Competitiveness Coalition

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Washington Retail Association has joined the Port Competitiveness Coalition including the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Partners include members from labor, shippers and the state’s agriculture industry. The...

Seattle announces higher minimum wage in January

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has announced new minimum hourly payment levels for workers beginning in January. Pay will be $16 an hour for companies employing more than 500 workers worldwide beginning January 1, 2019. The two-tiered payment system that...

Schools budget proposal includes capital gains tax

An 8 percent capital gains tax has been proposed in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s 2019-21 state budget request. Washington Retail Association has opposed other capital gains tax proposals in the past because they would penalize small...

WRA meets regarding paid family leave rules

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick met again this week with the Paid Family Leave Advisory Committee to help shape rules for the upcoming new statewide benefit. The current rulemaking process is important in determining how the program will be administered for...