|AUG31 #InvestInWA Rally|
8/31/16 #InvestInWA Rally at the Capitol http://archive.wfse.org/invest-in-wa/
More than 1,000 Federation members joined with allies from other unions, community groups and businesses today (Aug. 31) to pack the Capitol rotunda in Olympia to call on Gov. Jay Inslee to get real in contract negotiations.
“This rotunda is filled from the bottom to the top and we need to continue this,” Federation President Sue Henricksen told the packed dome as tense negotiations on a new contract continue at the General Government and Higher Education tables.
A delegation of Federation and other union bargainers then delivered their message to the governor’s office. This state – the largest employer in Washington – can’t get ahead when 99 percent of its employees are behind market rates of pay, they told the governor’s chief of staff David Postman.
“There are fast food establishments such as Burger King that pay more than many entry-level jobs in Community Colleges,” Tracy Stanley, a Local 1400 member at Lower Columbia College, told Postman.
“First of all, I have to ask, ‘Really?’ Is this how we treat those who are educating our next generation?”
Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux told Postman that while the General Government team has so far “negotiated a lot of good things…last night we got a proposal that was incredibly insulting.
“I know it (bargaining) ebbs and flows, but there are some tough things ahead of us that we have to work out in the next week or two.
“So I hope that message is getting through (to the governor).”
Back at the rotunda rally, Henricksen applauded the 1,000-plus members who came from all across they state. They put a human face on all the facts and figures thrown across the bargaining tables.
“You are (all a) part of the bargaining team…,” she said. “Our voice matters.”
General Government bargaining resumes Sept. 7 and 8. The Community Coalition Bargaining team is at the table today and tomorrow. Other teams in bargaining this week: the University of Washington, UW Police Management, and Washington State University.
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