State Senate Republicans Oust WSDOT Secretary Peterson

In a surprise move by the Republican-controlled Senate, Lynn Peterson was removed as Secretary of WSDOT late Friday afternoon on Feb. 5. The ouster occurred less than seven months after the Senate voted to have Peterson lead WSDOT to deliver a critical $16 billion transportation program. Many senators supporting Secretary Peterson requested further hearings to query her on her actions as Secretary, or to even postpone the action for an orderly transition - but all options short of ouster were denied by the Republicans.

Local 17 deeply regrets the actions taken by the Senate Republican majority. In her three years as Secretary, Ms. Peterson was an approachable executive, who in addition to guiding the agency through the most difficult of economic times, also reached out to our organization in ways never before exercised by one in her position. Whether in agreement on issues or not, she made unprecedented efforts to make herself available to speak with PTE 17 staff and members on issues of concern.

You can read more about this and other issues that affect Local 17 members in the Washington legislature by visiting the Local 17 Public Affairs blog at: pte17publicaffairs.org.

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