Restrictive scheduling is dead…

After failing to move out of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, Senate Bill 5717, AKA restrictive scheduling is effectively dead for the session.

This is a win for members! Your engagement in activating your workers against this restrictive legislation played a critical role in stopping this bill this year.

Thanks to you, more than 1,063 workers texted to opt out of the law and sent more than 2,169 emails to lawmakers. Together your voices helped to kill this bill. Thank you for being actively engaged with us this session. #win

[HUB] Buying and selling your restaurant

There are no shortcuts when it comes to buying or selling a restaurant. Learn the right steps to ensure you’re getting your dollar’s worth by reading our newest article in the members-only HUB. Click here.

[New resource] CBD in food and beverage – it’s still illegal

Adding cannabidiol (CBD) to food and beverages is a hot topic and there is no shortage of conflicting and confusing information about its regulation and legal uses. The National Restaurant Association recently developed a resource to help you gain a better understanding of the many issues with the use of CBD in the food and beverage industry.

Closed captioning law coming in Tacoma

The city of Tacoma passed a closed captioning ordinance last month, which would require all public establishments with televisions to turn on subtitles. The ordinance is set to take effect March 1 and is intended to align with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and fines for violations could cost up to $500 a day. Learn more.

Tacoma members: Recycling is changing – residential only

You may have heard about changes to the recycling system in the city of Tacoma, and the changes will only affect residential customers – not hotels, restaurants or other commercial businesses. Learn about the changes here.

2020 Hospitality Summits are coming to a region near you

One day. Three hours. Home before the traffic hits. Hospitality Summits are your chance to network with your peers, eat some lunch and talk with other industry members on solutions. Check out locations and dates below.

King County: April 28
Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap counties): April 20
Pierce County: May 4
Spokane: March 10
Tri-Cities: April 13


How to protect your website from digital data theft

A cyber attacker can skim payment card information when it’s entered into a website. Customers with compromised accounts could have personal information such as payment details, social security and bank account numbers stolen by unauthorized users. Our payment processing program provider, Elavon, recommends following these guidelines to keep your website safe.

Seattle legislation to ban natural gas piping in new construction returns

A controversial Seattle ordinance proposed last year, which failed to move forward to ban natural gas piping in new construction homes and buildings has resurfaced. The proposal was not brought for a vote last year amid pushback from businesses and unions over job impacts. The proposal has been re-referred with a new sponsor, as the original sponsor is no longer on the Seattle City Council. In January, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an executive order banning natural gas in all new city buildings. To read the text of the proposal, click here.

Lodging: Take part in minimum wage impact survey

Washington State University is conducting an anonymous survey on the impacts of minimum wage changes on Washington hospitality operations and financial performance. There are conflicting reports on how the minimum wage increases have impacted Washington businesses, and we need your input so we can better inform the industry and government about those impacts. WSU will be sharing its findings with the association. You can also receive a copy; information in survey.



Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Seattle: March 3 at Bargreen Ellingson (SODO)
Registration Deadline: Feb. 18

Fife: March 4 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Kent: March 9 at Harbor Foodservice
Registration Deadline: Feb. 24

Tacoma: March 19 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: March 5

Spokane: March 26 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: March 12

Everett: April 20 at US Foods Everett
Registration Deadline: April 6

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

First Aid
MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Tim Hortons overhauls loyalty program after giveaways put a big hole in sales (Financial Post)

Hotels closer to major transit hubs reach rate premiums (Hotel News Now)

Chipotle crafts a targeted-marketing strategy (Restaurant business)

How Marriott takes ‘thoughtful’ approach to global growth (Hotel News Now)

KFC, Crocs strut fried-chicken themed clogs at New York Fashion Week (Marketing Dive)

Hilton closes 150 hotels in China due to the coronavirus, US hotels seeing effects too (USA Today)