In the wake of the machinists’ union’s rejection of Boeing’s contract offer, Sens. Doug Ericksen and Janéa Holmquist Newbry are calling for action to create a more business-friendly environment in Washington.
“I was very disappointed that the machinists rejected Boeing’s offer, putting in jeopardy the tens of thousands of jobs the state would gain from the 777X program,” said Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake. “Now more than ever, we need to show not just Boeing, but all employers that Washington is serious about making this a state where private sector enterprises, large and small, can thrive.”
Holmquist Newbry has been a long-time advocate for reforming Washington’s expensive workers’ compensation system.
“Washington has the highest industrial-insurance taxes in the U.S.,” said Holmquist Newbry. “It takes twice as long as the national average to return an injured worker to work in this state. In part, the reason for this delay is because our workers’ compensation system restricts the option of voluntary structured settlements to claimants age 55 and older. We need to open this option up to all workers, regardless of age. Without reform, employers will face a more than $2 billion jump in industrial-insurance taxes in the next nine years. If we are serious about showing employers that Washington is a state that’s open for business, we need to act now.” Read more…