Our bill to extend assault benefits for Washington State correctional employees cleared its final hurdle today with a unanimous 97-0 vote in the House. The bill (6286) will now head to the Governor's desk for his signature, which we expect to come in the next couple of weeks.
This is a major victory for all Teamsters. The bill helps recognize the dangerous work of the men and women in corrections who risk their lives every day to keep all of us safe.
Under the old law, DOC staff who were seriously assaulted on the job would have their benefits cut off after one year. Now those benefits will be extended as long as the assaulted employee is eligible for L&I benefits.
Our win could not have been possible without hundreds of us speaking out. Your emails, phone calls, and lobby visits made the difference.
Congratulations to all of you who worked so hard to pass this important bill.