LAP Ratification

Negotiation of the 2019-2021 Tentative Agreement between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Language Access Providers and the state of Washington concluded on July 11, 2018.

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Your WFSE LAP Bargaining Team recommends that you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement and strongly encourages your participation in the ratification process.After you have reviewed the information included below, we believe you will agree that good progress was made and will exercise your right to vote and ratify this Agreement.

We want to thank you all for your hard work, research, job actions, and solidarity. You make the difference!

Summary of Tentative Agreement

This is a summary that highlights and explains the most significant provisions of the Tentative Agreement reached between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Language Access Providers (LAP) bargaining unit and the state of Washington on July 11, 2018.


Major goals achieved include:

  • Interpreter Hourly Rate, July 1, 2019: $41.00 (3.1%)

  • Interpreter Hourly Rate, July 1, 2020: $42.20 (2.9%)

  • Appointments ending earlier than the originally schedule time will be paid at seventy-five percent (75%) of the originally scheduled appointment length, or the completed appointment time, whichever is greater (funding for this is capped at $100,000 a year)

  • In-person interpreting services for DSHS and DCYF, excluding block appointments, will be paid an additional hourly premium of two dollars ($2.00).

  • Mileage reimbursement after 20 miles for Social Service (DSHS or DCYF) appointments

  • Double booking will be paid at the No-Show Cancellation rate of seventy-five percent (75%)

Highlights of the non-economic gains:

Article 4 – Professional Development and Training

  • Interpreter Advisory Group will review certification programs that may be used to create an endorsements system for interpreters achieving significant additional training in a given specialty area.
  • Formalized a process for approving professional development offered by the Union to count towards continuing education requirements.

Article 5 – Documentation

  • If a provider does not respond to notification of disputed start and end time on a work order, the interpreter’s recorded time will be the basis for payment.
  • Interpreters will receive a text message and/or email notification for late appointment cancellations.
  • All work order forms, with the exception of in-home or community appointments, will be in electronic format.

Article 6- Economic Compensation

  • All family members seen during a Family Member Appointment will have separate job numbers for interpreting services, in which the job numbers will be clearly linked in the appointment posting.