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WIN Articles for May 2, 2018

Legislative Law Review is on its way By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Washington Retail Association has emailed its comprehensive annual legislative Law Review to members this week. This report captures in detail the outcomes of the scores of bills that were introduced...

WIN Articles for April 25, 2018

Small Business – the backbone of our economy By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Did you know that 98.6 percent of retailers are small businesses with 50 employees or less? With Small Biz Week fast approaching April 29 – May 5, I am reminded of the important...

WIN Articles for April 18, 2018

Proposed “head tax” another reminder of the need for WRA’s Seattle business coalition By Renée Sunde, President/CEO In 2017, WRA established and began growing a coalition of Seattle businesses known as the Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle (RICS)....

WIN Articles for April 4, 2018

Campaign season starts up By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing; campaign season is upon us.  Already yard signs are going up, doorbells are being rung and phone calls for endorsements and...

WIN Articles for March 28, 2018

Washington State is back in the game By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Gov. Jay Inslee this week signed Senate Bill 5251 that restores a statewide tourism marketing program in Washington State. Our Government Affairs team had the pleasure of celebrating the bill signing...

WIN Articles for March 21, 2018

WRA celebrates retail partnership with Tumwater-based Alaffia By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  It was my honor to represent Washington Retail Association this week during an important visit and announcement at the Tumwater manufacturing facility for Alaffia, a global...

WIN Articles for March 14, 2018

Retail data shows strong nationwide job growth in February By Renée Sunde, President/CEO One of the most frequent questions that I get when out in the community or talking to folks from around the state is, “How is retail doing?” From a nationwide job...

WIN Articles for March 7, 2018

WRA remains focused as the 2018 short session nears close By Renée Sunde, President/CEO As the 2018 legislative session wraps up this week, legislators, lobbyists and retail stakeholders alike have described this year’s as a fast and furious 60-day session. With...

WIN Articles for February 28, 2018

Retailers are hopeful about a tourism promotion bill By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Retailers are hopeful this session for the prospects of SB 5251 being passed and signed into law. It would restore tourism funds in Washington State allowing the state to create an...

Retailers are hopeful about a tourism promotion bill By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Retailers are hopeful this session for the prospects of SB 5251 being passed and signed into law. It would restore tourism funds in Washington State allowing the state to create an...

WRA welcomes new affiliate member

Washington Retail Association welcomes the insurance and brokerage firm of Shepard and Shepard Business Solutions to its affiliate program. Todd Shepard and his team provide insurance and brokerage services to several companies in the automotive and retail industry....

WRA urges a boycott of Seattle’s online scheduling survey

By John Engber, Director, Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle The Washington Retail Association would like to inform you of what we believe is a biased and leading survey being conducted by Seattle city officials. As you might remember, WRA and other business groups...

The labor market and meat vendors

By Chad Pearson, Business Outreach, Employment Security Department Knowing what’s going on with the labor market is a lot like the relationship with your meat vendor. You don’t need to review it every day, but you need to make sure you’re competitive...

State ranks high in job creation and affordable electricity

The Washington Rountable’s latest update on competitiveness gives the state high marks for job creation and affordable electric power. However, Benchmarks for a Better Washington pointed out the state’s relatively low marks for being an expensive place to...

Organized retail crime spotlighted in Monroe

Police report strong link to drug use The Everett Herald newspaper this week takes a closer look at organized retail crime in the nearby City of Monroe. Police there report a link between the thefts the need to make money to buy drugs. Stolen items often are sold...

Next week is Safe and Sound Week

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges all workplaces to participate in Safe and Sound Week next week. The annual national promotion aims to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management...

Safety tip of the week

Know how to prevent overexertion Overexertion injuries generally fall into two categories – sprains (stretching or tearing ligaments) and strains (stretching or tearing tendons or muscles). These types of injuries have been associated with lifting, repeated...

An update on exemptions to Washington’s Minimum Wage Act

WRA is part of current discussions By Bruce Beckett, WRA contract lobbyist Employees covered by Washington’s Minimum Wage Act (MWA) must be provided a minimum wage, overtime for working above forty hours in a seven-day workweek and paid sick leave. The act,...
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