SB 6245 gives LNI interpreters union rights

We are pleased to announce that on March 23, Gov. Inslee signed SB 6245 into law.

This new union interpreter law will become effective on June 7, 2018.

Change #1

 
DSHS/LTC will test interpreters only in languages for which 10% or more of the requests for interpreter services in the prior year for DSHS and HCA-Medicaid went unfilled through the coordinating entity procurement process.
 
Exceptions are allowed for interpreters who:
  • have lost their DSHS credential due to non-compliance with continuing education requirements; and
  • want to add another DSHS credential to the one they already have.\ 

Change #2 

By September 1, 2020, all state agencies must purchase spoken language interpreting services in-person:
  • directly from interpreters; or
  • through contracts with scheduling and coordinating delivery organizations; or
  • both.
 
For remote interpreting, all state agencies must purchase spoken language interpreting services through at least one contract with an entity that provides interpreter services through telephonic and video remote technologies.
 

Change #3 

In addition to the current one (DSHS & HCA-Medicaid), the law creates two new statewide bargaining units:
  • interpreters paid by L&I on or after January 1, 2016, and before June 7, 2018; and
  • interpreters paid by other state agencies (e.g. DOL. DOC, etc.) on or after January 1, 2016, and before June 7, 2018.