TELL THE GOV.: Include the interest arbitration award in your budget to the legislature!

  1. Send an email to the Governor urging him to include the arbitrator's interest arbitration award in his budget (you can use the message below)
  2. Call the Governor's office at 360-902-4111 between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Dear Governor Inslee:

Washington State correctional employees perform some of the most difficult, dangerous work imaginable. Every day we put our lives on the line to protect the public from society's most dangerous criminals.

Despite the important role we play in keeping our communities safe, we are severely undervalued for the critical public safety work we perform. According to the State's 2010 and 2014 salary surveys, Washington State DOC employees in nearly all job classifications are compensated at a rate of between 10-40% less than employees in other jurisdictions who perform similar work.

A neutral arbitrator has recently issued a compensation award for our State's correctional employees.  While not perfect, the award does take a small step toward rectifying this gross injustice. I urge you to include the arbitrator's award in the budget that you submit to the State legislature. The brave men and women who staff our State's prisons deserve better.

We are counting on you for your support.