Washington State Patrol (WSP)
2017-19 state contract ratified by members
The electronic ballot for the 2017-19 state contract closed at 12 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 30, with a significant majority of members voting to ratify the contract.
In accepting the terms of the new contract, the following changes will be enacted on July 1, 2017:
But our work is not done yet!
Members must be prepared to strongly lobby legislators to pass the state employee contracts. The funding of this agreement and all state employee union contracts will be determined by the 2017 legislature that must approve a budget to absorb the cost of the agreements. Lawmakers will be challenged by this while also considering the needs within the entire state budget including a State Supreme Court mandate that billions of new funding must be provided to basic education.
Additionally, Local 17 staff and members will challenge the State agencies covered by this process to continue to look at those classifications at DOL, DOT and WSP that did not receive special targeted classification salary increases. Members will be needed to get involved in this process as well.
You can read more about this year's negotiations, and find the details of the 2017-19 agreement below.
State employee birthdates prohibited from release to Freedom Foundation
In the on-going court case between public sector unions in Washington state -- including Local 17 -- and the Freedom Foundation, the Court Commissioner this week prohibited the release of state employee birthdates to the anti-union group pending the outcome of the appeal. Since this could take up to a year to work its way through the Appeals Court, this is a victory for state union members who are concerned about safeguarding their personal information.
In compliance with the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56.250), state employee names and work emails have been released to the Freedom Foundation. Local 17 will be working with other unions in the 2017 legislative session to ammend the requirements of this law to ensure that your privacy is protected.
To access an electronic version of the 2015-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement, click here.
WSP Chapter Officers & Stewards
Communications Officers and Info Technology Unit
Bellevue: Tristan Cody and Mindi Mezek
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