3/16/17 CALL TO ACTION #1
Call your state senator at 1-800-562-6000. Save Fircrest School!
Our members at Fircrest School in Shoreline and all residential habilitation centers are under attack. We all must join to oppose Senate Bill 5889 – Sen. Dino Rossi’s bill to close Fircrest School.
Closing Fircrest School would wipe out one of the best facilities for the most profoundly developmentally disabled citizens in this state. It makes no sense, erodes our safety net, harms the residents and is an insult to our Local 341 members and the quality care they provide.
- Call the Legislature’s toll-free message hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Urge your state senator to oppose SB 5889 that would close Fircrest School. It makes no sense and harms the disabled.
Remember: Call on your own time and your personal cell or home phone.
This is just the first of many calls to action in many forms coming to you in the next few weeks. This first action targets the Legislative Hotline because it’s only open until 8 p.m. tonight and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. It’s important to get those hotline calls into senators before the expected release of the Senate Republicans’ budget on Monday. Rest assured: Much more is coming.
CALL TO ACTION NO. 2
Turn out for Senate Ways and Means Committee hearings on the Senate Republicans’ budget Monday and Tuesday
The latest state revenue forecast came out today (March 16). Revenue is holding steady – but it’s not enough to fully fund K-12 education and replace the estimated $2.5 billion the state could lose every year if the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to Misha Werschkul of the Budget and Policy Center.
With that reality, the majority Senate Republicans are expected to release their budget plan this coming Monday (March 20). It’s expected to be brutal.
We won’t know for sure until we see the details.
All indications are we have a fight on our hands.
Some insiders say they expect the Senate Republicans to propose deep cuts in the programs our members provide. Some expect the Senate Republicans to call for layoffs of state employees.
Public hearings on the Senate Republican budget will likely take place Monday and Tuesday. These Senate Ways and Means Committee hearings will be 3:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday (March 20 and 21) in Senate Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building on the Capitol campus in Olympia.
- We need a good turnout. Why? Remember two years ago when the Senate Republicans wanted to reject our ratified contracts and our negotiated raises and cut health care for spouses?
- We must have a budget that funds our contracts and supports competitive pay the state needs to recruit and keep good state employees. In Children’s Services, Mental Health, Labor and Industries safety inspections, the State Patrol Crime Lab, among others.
- We must have a budget that uses smarts to find the funding to stop layoffs and to prevent deep program cuts.
- And we must have a budget that supports public services. Save Fircrest School. Save Naselle Youth Camp. Save Yakima Valley School. Fund state Parks. Preserve our safety net – and more common sense priorities.
So Monday and Tuesday, please show up at the Senate Ways and Means Committee hearings on the Senate Republicans’ budget. If you can, please show up and resist the temptation by some to balance the budget on the backs of state employees and those we serve.
CALL TO ACTION #3
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 19, our Statewide Day of Action to fund our contracts and win a budget that saves our state and saves the public’s safety net. Watch for more details. Again, on that day it will be important for all of us to show up, resist bad ideas and save our state.