Look what they negotiated

Local 1671 (Interpreters United) recently concluded negotiations for their 2019-2021 contract.

Let's take a look at the gains:

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 early will be treated as late cancellations (capped at $100,000 a year)
  • $2.00/hour premium for Social Service appointments
  • Mileage reimbursement after 20 miles for Social Service appointments 
  • Double booking will be paid at the No-Show Cancellation rate of 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.