Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, June 27 that the State Legislature had arrived at a deal on the operating budget for the next biennium. The agreement includes increased funding to the DOC by $3.5 million.
On Thursday, June 20, the Department of Corrections announced its contingency plan should the legislature fail to pass an operating budget before July 1, 2013.
The plan, if implemented, will have a major impact on Teamsters at the DOC. We understand that the Department will implement a reduced staffing model, which will result in a significant number of temporary layoffs. Layoff notices could come via email as early as Monday, June 24 in order to be in compliance with the 5-day notification requirements of your collective bargaining agreement.