Washington state senator proposes ‘right to work’ session


State Sen. Mike Baumgartner (R-Spokane) called on the Legislature Nov. 14 to make Washington a “right-to-work” state, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Baumgartner  rolled out the plan following the Boeing Machinists’ contract vote. He wanted Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session to vote on the right-to-work proposal, suggesting it would create a “welcoming overall environment” and reduce the possibility of labor strikes.

“That’s not going to happen,” Inslee spokesman David Postman said of Baumgartner’s call. Boeing never mentioned right-to-work legislation as something it was seeking to guarantee the 777X would be built in Washington, Postman said.


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