Advocates from various labor unions across the state are showing themselves around the halls of Washington Legislative building and associated hearings rooms, as “hot button” issues are discussed.
WFSE (Washington Federation of State Employees) and its national affiliates of AFSCME were primed to speak at mid-afternoon today in opposition to proposed legislation from GOP senators that are described as “anti-worker” – including to governor-negotiated pay raise schedule for state employees.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the topics will be health benefits for government retirees from Republicans in the Senate. In a House of Representatives committee hearing, labor voices will be heard on HB 1521, which wants to remove the requirement that a state worker must be on the job for at least six months before taking vacation leave.
King County union members and counterparts from Kitsap County will be in Olympia on Wednesday, with Pierce County representatives scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10.
The first deadline for any proposed new legislation is one week from Friday (Feb. 17) by which time it must have been moved out of its initial committee assigned.