2/9/17 Officer Timothy Odell of The Evergreen State College Police Department and a member of Local 443, urged a House committee Thursday (Feb. 9) to grant binding interest arbitration for police officers at state colleges and universities.
The bill, HB 1559, would level the playing field for these law enforcement officers, he said.
?We do the same job every other police officer in the state does...,? Odell told the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.
?We go to the same police academy as everybody and we?re required to do all the same training.
?We don?t have the ability to strike so what recourse are we left with to remedy these issues besides binding arbitration.?
Federation Lobbyist Matt Zuvich said campus police officers ?are essential for our emergencies and public safety.?
?Our Higher Education police are committed to the job,? Zuvich said. ?They know that when an emergency happens, they are going to be there. They also have real recruitment and retention issues that they need to deal with in their bargaining processes.?