Interpreters to Senate Committee: Expand procurement reform, save money
Feb 10, 2017
2/9/17 Members of WFSE/AFSCME Interpreters United Local 1671 took to a Senate Committee Thursday (Feb. 9) to urge passage of SB 5682, the bill that would expand procurement reform for interpreter services.
It’d build on the successful program for medical interpreters in the DSHS system that has saved the state millions, encouraged entrepreneurship and provided competitive pay that’s kept good interpreters helping patients for whom English is a second language.
It’s cut out costly middlemen and slashed administrative costs, they told the Senate Labor, Commerce and Sports Committee.
It only makes sense to expand it to other state agencies like Labor and Industries.
“The new model is efficient and is saving money,” Local 1671 member Aida Sanchez-Vela said.
“Procurement reform has saved millions of dollars for Washington state taxpayers,” Milena Calderari-Waldron, another Local 1671 member said.
“Please expand this reform....Stop the waste.”
This came a day after Local 1671 Interpreter members voiced concerns to the same committee about SB 5233 that would not include these independent contractor members under unemployment insurance or industrial insurance.
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