In 2020, we brought hundreds of Teamsters to the Capitol for Lobby Day. For the 2021 legislative session, we'll be bringing our voice to Olympia online.
With more Teamsters getting involved, our Union's political program has never been stronger.
This member-driven fortitude has led to important legislative wins in Olympia for members of Teamsters 117. With the pandemic and the legislature going completely online this year, member involvement will look a little different, but it will be as important as ever to take our collective voice to the State Capitol.
During the 2021 legislative session, which runs from January 11 through April 25, we will continue to focus on holding politicians accountable and passing public policy that protects and expands your workplace rights.
Our Union's overarching priorities are to protect your health and safety in the workplace especially as it relate to the COVID crisis, increase unemployment benefits and make them more accessible to all working families, and to ward off attacks on your collective bargaining rights. These priorities are based on member feedback taken from a survey we sent out earlier this year.
In addition, we will be working in coalition with our labor partners to:
- Protect workers who have been injured on the job
- Expand access to childcare for working families
- Balance investments in infrastructure and transportation with the needs of our changing climate
- Pass a revenue package that funds vital public services
- Pass the Worker Protection Act that allows workers to hold their employers accountable for stolen wages, health & safety violations, and harassment & discrimination violations
Another issue that is getting a lot of attention in Olympia is police accountability and transparency. Our Union is committed to fighting any related bills that may undercut your workplace rights while at the same time working to balance the needs of the broader community.
STAY INVOLVED! JOIN US FOR OUR "LUNCH PAIL" SERIES
With an all-virtual legislative session, the volume of bills legislators can handle will be significantly reduced and all public testimony will be conducted online.
Brenda Wiest, our Union's Vice President and Legislative Affairs Director, will be tracking bills that impact our membership. If she identifies issues that require public testimony, we may be reaching out to you for your support.
Brenda will also be partnering with Political Director Dustin Lambro to organize regular Zoom updates (we're calling it our "Lunch Pail" series). At those meetings, we will be inviting legislators and other guests to speak about critical legislation impacting working families and about how your voice makes a difference. Stay tuned for more information about how you can participate!
If you have questions, please reach out to your Union Representative and they can provide more information or connect you with our Legislative Affairs Department.
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