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So how many of these legislative aids who hate the job so much are going to keep that job off of their resumes and law/grad school applications?

Some jobs are compensated in different ways. Sure the hours of a legislative aide might be grueling but the doors that job opens? They'll pay off vast benefits for decades.

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That raving Right-Wing-Lunatic Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was absolutely correct in his opposition to public unions.

"All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable."
--FDR August 16, 1937 from Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service

Public Sector Unions like Police Guilds, AFSCME, and Teachers Unions have done immeasurable harm to all of us by making in virtually impossible to terminate incompetent (or worse) employees.

We need to be eliminating Public sector unions, starting with police guilds, not expanding them.

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@1:

Any other form of "compensation" besides a living wage is just an extra helping of shit on the sandwich. These workers provide a vital, necessary, and indispensable service, and any employer, including the State of Washington, that can't meet a minimum, fundamental standard of fair pay for fair work, should be thoroughly shamed for their parsimony.

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@2:

What FDR may have said nearly 85 years ago regarding public sector unions is irrelevant to today's reality: they exist, and the federal government via the National Labor Relations Act has acknowledged their right to exist. Deal with it.

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$42,732 plus gold plated health/vision/dental plan, a government retirement plan, paid vacation, holidays, COLAs all for an entry level position.
https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/contact-page/employment/

Throw in the experience/network building benefit and a hard worker can set themselves up for a damn good life.

That's not too bad, for a 23 year-old with a brand new BA in Communications. Probably way better than driving for Door Dash. But yea, you do have to show up everyday....

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@5 Never thought you would defend the SPOG.

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The snake eats its tail. You can never be woke enough.

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Good. Hopefully this exercise slowed down the march of noxious legislation coming out of Olympia.

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Good lord this country has a sick fetish of shitting on anyone who dares to want better for themselves.

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“And yet, they couldn't even get it to the House floor.”

Let’s be clear: legislators could have gotten that bill to the House floor. They chose not to.

The Legislature’s majority party leadership (Democrats) have absolute and unilateral power when it comes to setting the agenda and deciding what gets debated and what doesn’t; there is not a filibuster or other comparable method standing in their way.

Even the ‘oops, we ran out of time’ excuse is bullshit. When legislators wanted to exempt themselves from the Public Records Act in the wake of a lawsuit that didn’t go their way, they wrote and passed a bill out of both chambers in less than 24 hours. They waived all the self-imposed rules and deadlines that stood in their way.

With a few more embarrassing headlines, legislators might create a blue-ribbon panel to study the issue

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What … no debate and subsequent resolution from the Seattle City Council in support of the organization effort? Kshama Sawant must be out of town.


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