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By Pam Lewison
Director for the Washington Policy Center Initiative on Agriculture 

Time for labor-allied lawmakers to stop congratulating themselves, get back to work


When ESSB 5172, a bill addressing retroactive pay in agriculture, passed out of the Senate in early March, Senate Democrats who hijacked the bill with amendments celebrated its passage as a supposed victory for farmworkers throughout our state.

They also acknowledged the bill still needed work. Yet, since moving to the House, the legislators who pledged to make the bill better have disappeared, the embodiment of all the negative clichés you hear about dishonest politicians and sneaky lawyers.

The current version of ESSB 5172 would create a phased-in schedule for payment of overtime pay to...

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