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PNS Daily News - November 22, 2019 


President Trump signs a spending bill to avert a government shutdown; it's deadline day for cities to opt out of a federal opioid settlement; and a new report says unsafe toys still are in stores.

2020Talks - November 22, 2019 


Affordable housing legislation was introduced in Congress yesterday, following the first debate questions about housing. Plus, Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu was indicted for fraud, bribery, and breach of trust, just days after the Trump administration’s policy greenlighting Israeli settlement of the West Bank. And finally, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues his slow and steady potential entry into the race.

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Public News Service - WA: Livable Wages/Working Families

A report gives Washington state a 'C' grade for its laws protecting consumers from aggressive debt collection. (B-A Graphix/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – A new report says debt collection is pushing families into poverty and needs reform in every state. The National Consumer Law Center released a review of state exemption laws – that is, protections from seizure by creditors for basic items so that people can continue to work

The school bus drivers' union in Renton pushed back against longer hours and won. (Stuart Monk/Adobe Stock)

RENTON, Wash. – School bus drivers in Washington state say unions have helped them receive livable wages and fair working conditions. For the American Federation of Teachers of Washington's local affiliation in Renton, negotiations paid off in its recent contract signing. Renton president

The Tilth Alliance, its Seattle community garden seen above, is bringing together farmers and farmworkers in Yakima this weekend. (CAJC: in the PNW/Flickr)

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washingtonians who work the land to provide their neighbors with food are coming together, as the production season slows down. The 45th annual Tilth Conference starts today in Yakima and the focus is on "growing a resilient future." Erin Murphy, statewide education coordinat

Laura Ingraham has been a host on Fox News since 2017. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Groups are lining up to protest the annual fundraising dinner of the anti-union group Freedom Foundation, which features Fox News host Laura Ingraham this year. MLK Labor, the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Seattle Indivisible are among the groups planning to c

About 60 million workers are subject to forced arbitration clauses, but only 282 won monetary compensation between 2014-2018, according to the American Association for Justice. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE — Tens of millions of workers and consumers have signed agreements to not sue companies and instead settle through arbitration. But a new report says they're more likely to be struck by lightning than to win a case through the so-called forced arbitration process. The American Associ

Tuition at Washington state's four-year universities is more than three times higher than it was five decades ago. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE - College students heading back to Washington classrooms continue to face a challenge their parents likely did not: high tuition costs. Although costs have dipped slightly since 2012, they're still far higher than in 1965. Aaron Keating, managing director of the Economic Opportunity Institu

Washington is the third-most unionized state in the country. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

SEATTLE — More than a year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling some thought would deal a major blow to unions, the organizations show no signs of slowing down in Washington state. The 2018 decision on Janus v. AFSCME had the potential to cut off one revenue stream to public unions: it allowed em

The ratio of CEO-to-worker compensation is 4.7 times greater than it was 30 years ago. (Hyejin Kang/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – A new analysis finds pay to CEOs is ballooning while average wages for workers remain stagnant. The Economic Policy Institute looked at compensation for CEOs at the 350 largest firms in the U.S. and found they have risen more than 1,000% over the past four decades. Meanwhile, pay

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