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1. Time magazine reports on Amazon's efforts to "crush the union movement," noting the online retailer's successful attempt, just last week, to quash workers' efforts to organize. In the most recent case of Amazon union-busting, Time reports, a small group of maintenance and repair technicians at an Amazon warehouse in Delaware voted against joining the machinists' union, after management held meetings with workers to discourage unionization.
Last month, workers from Amazon warehouses in Germany traveled to Seattle to protest working conditions and wages there.
2. On Friday, the Stranger doubled down on what may be their weirdest anti-Ed Murray story line to date, continuing to insist that Murray was the one who "pulled the plug on Gigabit," the untested and flailing startup that was former mayor Mike McGinn's pick to provide broadband to a dozen neighborhoods in Seattle.
Shorter version: Gigabit pulled out. Murray didn't "pull the plug" on anything.
The Stranger's ostensible news peg for prolonging this inaccurate narrative is that Murray sent out a statement on Friday saying he wanted to move forward with a municipal broadband system. Not sure how that's news, though—he's been saying that since well before he was elected. It's a bummer when your candidate doesn't win, but that doesn't excuse inaccuracy and myopia.
3. The PI.com reports that state legislators are considering new regulations that would require labeling of genetically modified plants and animals in the wake of the failure of I-502, which would have required food manufacturers to label all genetically modified organisms. The federal government is currently considering an application for a GMO salmon breed that grows twice as fast as a normal salmon, as well as an apple that doens't brown on exposure to oxygen.
Food companies object to disclosing to consumers the fact that these traits are the result of genetic modification.
4. The News Tribune offers a grim preview of the legislative session that just got underway, noting that most of Gov. Jay Inslee's "big ideas"—including an increase in the state minimum wage, currently $9.32 an hour; a state transportation revenue package that would require a substantial increase in the state gas tax; and the passage of the DREAM Act, which would make students whose parents immigrated illegally eligible for financial aid for college—don't seem likely to pass.
Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, the Democratic leader of the predominantly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus, said this week his caucus is focused on other priorities.