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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

The Department of Labor and Industries has issued a $3, 150.00 Citation and Notice of Assessment against the Washington State Patrol for failing to “have written policies or procedures addressing the use of backup communication or backup patrol officers when entering known radio dead zones or when encountering other radio transmit or receive capability failures”. The Department of Labor and Industries found the the failure to have such polices or procedures in place potentially exposed troopers to hazards that are likely to cause serious physical harm or death. The complaint giving rise to this citation arose arose during the Washington State Patrol’s on-going move from an analogue radio system to a digital communication system. The WSP can appeal the...

U.S. Supreme Court Will Review A Challenge to Agency Fees

The United States Supreme Court has announced that it will review a case challenging the right of labor organizations representing public employees to compel non-members to pay their fair share of the cost of negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements covering the non-members. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The lawsuit was filed by teachers in California who claimed that the requirement that they pay their fair share of the cost of negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements violated their First Amendment Rights.  The Friedrichs case seeks to have the Court overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, an earlier Supreme Court decision. If the challenge is successful it could have a significant impact on public sector labor unions.  The case will be heard during the Supreme Court’s next term, which begins in...