The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a Seattle concrete company could move ahead with a lawsuit against workers who had gone on strike in 2017. Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), who serves as chair of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, offered the following statement on the ruling:
“This ruling will have a chilling effect on workers considering a strike and will empower bosses at their expense. Workers should be able to go on strike when they need to, without fear of retaliatory lawsuits.
“I’m already discussing options with stakeholders and staff to work on developing state legislation that addresses this issue. The Washington state Legislature has acted repeatedly to ensure state law protects workers’ rights, and if we need to again, we will.”