Some end-of-year housekeeping — the following are some items I didn’t get around to blogging about over the past month:
- The Department of Labor and Industries announced that workers’ compensation premiums will increase by an average of 0.8 percent. In September, L&I had proposed an increase of 1.8 percent.
- The Washington State Department of Transportation released the 2014 Freight Mobility Plan. According to the plan, “In 2012, freight-dependent industries accounted for 44 percent of the state’s jobs.”
- Regarding the labor dispute at the ports, Diana Furchtgott-Roth writes, “Currently, ports are governed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), while airlines and railroads are required to abide by the 1934 Railroad Labor Act (RLA). The disruptions at the ports that are being used as a tactic of negotiation are allowed under the NLRA, but would not be permitted under the RLA.” Further, “Labor contracts under the RLA do not expire like the current West Coast contracts, but remain in force until a new agreement is reached.” (See also Douglas Holtz-Eakin in the Wall Street Journal.)