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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

OPPOSE WA State SB6276

For a second time in 2 years, state legislators have put a target on the backs of booth renters and small business owners.

Last Jan 28, 2019 over 1000 Cosmetologists descended on the State Capitol of Olympia to battle bills that aimed to either eliminate booth rental by cosmetologists, leasing space to other cosmetologists, or aimed to re-define independent contractors.

The purpose (the legislators claimed) was to “even the playing field” with employer based businesses. Those bills were, SB5326, SB5513, SB5690, HB1515 and HB1601.
With grass roots activism and the power of their individual voices in unison- those who work as self-employed hairstylists fought back these bills during last session.

(For more details, see the blogpost we issued last year HERE.)

Cosmetologists OPPOSE SB6276
Cosmetologists Protesting against last year’s harmful legislation

In the wake of celebrating all the fruits of their hard labor, the leaders that helped coach and guide over 5k members of an impromptu Facebook group called COSMETOLOGISTS OF WA UNITED (now over 7k strong!) formed a NEW volunteer trade association. For more info: cosmetologistsofwashingtonunited.org
Co-owner of Emerson Salon, D’Arcy Harrison, is assisting in this effort leading and coaching colleagues to express their dissatisfaction appropriately with legislators. She now serves as the organization’s Interim Board Secretary.
To be respected in ongoing political discussions and negotiations, this group has moved to form its own trade association for any profession in WA state that works inside of the Dept. of Cosmetology. Whether you work in hair, skin or nails- if you are a service pro in WA state you can enroll as an ADVOCATE!


For more info on advocate enrollment go to cosmetologistsofwashingtonunited.org

FLASH FORWARD TO NOW:
It is Jan 29th, 2020, and although those bills were not furthered in last session—-they are however kept active in the system for a total of 2 years, and any bill that is still active can be taken back up—-at ANY time. It can happen that after policy deadline a portion of a bill is added to one that has hit the legislator floor for debate.
The additional challenge is that it’s a non-budget year and therefore, session is SHORTER. It is ONLY a 60 day session that concludes March 13, 2020.
Things move fast in Olympia. This year is a sprint—not the marathon we ran in 2019.

WHAT DO WE OPPOSE THAT IS NEW?
Currently, all self-employed, independent contractors, booth renters, and freelancer small business owners are targeted for the :

SENATE BILL 6276WAGE PROTECTIONS FOR FREELANCERSCLICK HERE TO READ or COMMENT ON THE BILL. What it aims to do is apply minimum wage protections for those who work independently or on a contract. THIS WILL EFFECT ALL SELF EMPLOYED AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN. The problems that arise surrounding that notion is confusing and doesn’t make any sense. The business models are inherently different by design. It is the point of a free market to allow competing business models to deal with their particular businesses unique challenges and obstacles. It is literally the American dream to be your own boss- and for that privilege we opt out of minimum wage and state safety nets. ITS AUTONOMY AND CHOICE of having a flexible schedule and setting your own prices. Emerson Salon is a booth rental salon that leases commercial space to fellow cosmetologists. This would dramatically impact this location’s business model in addition to the small businesses that operate within. READ THIS PIECE OF PRESS WITH A SHORT VIDEO CLIP

For details on why COWU opposes this bill CLICK HERE

If you know ANYONE who is self employed- it is imperative they write and call to oppose as well! Real estate agents, massage therapists, nannies, landscape designers, interior designers, etc etc.

CLICK HERE TO READ or COMMENT ON THE BILL.

People can also show up to testify in opposition for the hearing in OLYMPIA FEBRUARY 4th at 8am in the SENATE LABOR & COMMERCE COMMITTEE.