Public sector unions collaborate on radio ads
to remind everyone that public service matters

Local 17 collaborated with other public sector unions on a series of radio ads in support of state employee contracts and the good work that all public employees do for the state of Washington. Tune into your local news radio station, or take a listen here:

Governor signs Local 17 co-sponsored bill into law that helps dependents of deceased transportation workers

After a long two year process, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on April 22 that provides tuition waivers at state public universities for the dependents of public-sector road workers killed in the line of duty.

The bill -- co-sponsored by Local 17, the Washington State Federation of State Employees (WFSE), the WSDOT Memorial Foundation, WSDOT and the maritime unions at the state ferry system -- recognizes the danger that all public-sector highway workers place themselves in everyday to provide service to the public and a safe and efficient state and local transportation system. The benefit covers all Local 17 members who work in transportation, including state, city, and county road departments, as well as the state ferries.

Local 17 Legislative Director Vince Oliveri stated: “When tragedy strikes, and a member of a family dies in the line of duty, many dreams for that family fade away. With this bill, the dream of a college education for their children does not have to be one of them.”

TAKE ACTION! Tell the Senate to stop balancing the budget on the backs of public employees!

Some legislators in the Washington state Senate do not value public employees. This became clear on April 6 when the Senate Majority Caucus passed a budget that rejects state employee contracts and cuts funding to local governments, impacting public safety and infrastructure.

We need to send these legislators a strong message that the services we provide to our communities are valuable and important.

Please TAKE ACTION NOW by sending the pre-written, editable email HERE to the Senate Majoity Caucus to urge them to compromise on a fair budget!

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Local 17 to offer
two $3000 college scholarships this year

For several years, Local 17 has offered a $3000 annual scholarship to dependents of members who will be incoming college freshmen in the fall. This year, a second $3000 scholarship has been approved by the Executive Board for students who are continuing their education beyond freshmen year.

The application is now available HERE. In it, applicants are asked to demonstrate their academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and educational goals. They are also asked to write a labor-related essay which is reviewed by outside labor educators. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.

Last year's winner Chikodi Ezeokeke, pictured on the right -- son of member-leader Kenneth Ezeokeke -- is currently studying bioengineering at the University of Washington.