Weekly Update: Restrictive Scheduling Bill Will be Heard on Feb. 5

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Restrictive Scheduling Bill Will be Heard on Feb. 5

A restrictive scheduling bill, House Bill 1491, will be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 5. We are opposed to this bill because it limits our employees’ abilities to earn money and reduces the flexibility our industry is known for. If you or an employee of yours are interested in providing written feedback, would like to write and op-ed, or come testify in Olympia, please contact Nicole Vukonich.

Hospitality Workforce Development Bill Heard in Committee

One of the top priorities of the Washington Hospitality Association and the Education Foundation, House Bill 1556, a bill to create the Opportunities for Employment in Hospitality grant, was heard in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee on Thursday morning. This bill will help support employers fill open positions within the industry through hiring events and connects job seekers with on-the-spot employment offers and wrap-around services. Jacque Farrell, co-founder and CEO of Farrelli’s Pizza and Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation Director David Faro testified in support of the bill. Read more.

Thank You For Attending Hill Climb!

Thank you to everyone who participated at this year’s Hill Climb. Because of your involvement, this was one of our most successful advocacy events in recent memory! Thank you for being a part of our day on the hill and telling your story. We had 137 members in attendance and over 350 people at Taste Our Best! Special congratulations to Anthony’s Homeport in Olympia who was voted “The Best” of Taste Our Best!

Spokane: ProStart Mock Competition, Feb. 2

Spokane ProStart students are working hard in preparation for this year’s competition on March 2. Come cheer on our students and wish them luck on the big day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St., building 1. Email Julie Litzenberger if you plan to attend.

Seattle: Evening of Hope This Saturday

The deadline to buy tickets for the Seattle Hotel Association’s 22nd Annual Evening of Hope Gala is Friday at 2 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. This year, the event will raise funds for StolenYouth, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in Washington state and empowering those who have been affected. Tickets are $375 and are available here. For more information, click here.

Tacoma: Membership Meeting, Feb. 20

Join us at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20 at the Clover Leaf! The Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities would like our support in getting a voluntary closed captioning promise on TVs in public spaces. Also, the health department will host a Q&A as requested by our members during the last meeting. Register Here.

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