Weekly Update: This is It: Hill Climb is Monday

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This Is It: Hill Climb Is Monday

Are you ready for Hill Climb 2019 on Monday, Jan. 28?! We are – and we look forward to hearing all of your stories of why you choose hospitality. Waiting for the last minute to register? (We get it…) click here and don’t forget to tell us your first job in hospitality!

2019 Legislative Session Top Priorities

This Legislative Session, the State Government Affairs Team is working on a number of policy topics. The following issue areas were adopted by the Government Affairs Committee as the top priorities:

Affordable Housing: In many areas across our state, affordable housing is few and far between or nonexistent. Our employees should not have to spend hours commuting to their jobs when they could be spending that time with family and friends. We are proud to partner with Unlock the Door to Affordable Homeownership, where a coalition of nonprofit and for-profit groups is advocating for affordable housing in all communities. Additionally, short-term rental companies need to be held accountable for removing valuable housing stock from the market, which is why we are drafting a bill to address this.

Workforce Development: We’ve heard our members loud and clear – addressing the labor shortage is one of the ways we can help you succeed and create wins for our industry. This session, we will focus on protecting the hospitality career ladder, support career connected learning for employees of all ages and continue to advance the public/private partnerships we’ve started to fulfill the needs of the industry. We will work to continue to train and inspire the workforce of tomorrow.

Protecting Workers, Providing Panic Buttons

On Jan. 21, the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee heard Senate Bill 5258, a bill that helps protect workers by adding anti-sexual harassment training, policies and procedures in addition to providing panic buttons to employees who work independently. Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs, testified in support of these worker protections on behalf of the Washington Hospitality Association and Anna Boone, Local Government Affairs senior manager, testified in support on behalf of the Seattle Hotel Association. Click here to watch their testimonies before the committee.

Weekly Government Affairs Calls Began This Week

Each week, members of the Government Affairs Committee meet via conference call to review the current bills and suggested policy positions of the State Government Affairs Team. This is your opportunity to be engaged! Calls begin at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and will run until the end of April. In the beginning of session, calls may run longer than an hour. To receive the call-in information, please contact Katie Doyle to get on the list.

Attention Spokane Members: If you would like to listen to the Government Affairs Committee calls with other members, the conference room at Visit Spokane, 601 W. First Ave., Suite 1000, is available. Space is limited, so reserve your seat with Tobby Hatley.

Call for ProStart Invitational Judges

We need judges for ProStart state culinary and management tournaments. Do you have professional culinary or front-of-the-house management experience? Yes? We need your expertise in March! More than 100 students from both sides of the mountains will be competing in ProStart Invitationals on March 2 in Spokane, and on March 9 in Seattle. ProStart is a nationwide program that encourages students to explore careers in hospitality. If you are interested in finding out more about the events and how you can volunteer as a judge, please contact Kelsi Mayther.

Spokane: Mock ProStart Competition, Feb. 2

ProStart students from all over Spokane will practice competing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. Come cheer on and watch students practice in culinary and management. Email Julie Litzenberger if you plan to attend.

Seattle: Evening of Hope Coming Feb. 2

The Seattle Hotel Association will present its 22nd Annual Evening of Hope Gala 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.