We're close to passing another one of our most important legislative priorities this year - the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (ESSB 6149).
This bill would help increase the number of healthy babies by ensuring reasonable accommodations for pregnant women.
Unfortunately, special interest groups are trying to strip the bill of basic protections by limiting important accommodations to a restricted list and exempting non-profit organizations where women make up the majority of employees.
Time is running out to get a strong bill passed before the end of the legislative session. Your legislators need to hear from you, and pronto!
Most women can work well into their pregnancies with only minor accommodations, such as temporary assignment to light duty, additional food or bathroom breaks, or the ability to carry a water bottle or sit while working.
But employers and employees need flexibility when determining what accommodations will work in a particular situation. And no woman should have to choose between keeping her job or keeping herself and her baby healthy.
Please urge your legislators to pass a strong bill that allows flexible accommodations and doesn't exclude large numbers of working women.
Lots of Teamsters have visited the State Capitol to talk with their legislators. We've had two well-attended lobby days and a signature success - the unanimous passage of our proposal to extend Assault Benefits for correctional employees in both the House and the Senate.
Once the bill is reconciled by the two chambers, we're expecting that the Governor will sign it into law in the next several weeks.
Check out news about our Assault Benefit bills as well as updates on other priorities in the new issue of our Teamsters Legislative update.
You can download a PDF of the update here. For print copies, talk to your Business Rep.
This is the second print update that we have published this session. We anticipate at least two additional issues before session wraps up in March. Stay tuned!
Seventeen legislators have signed on to our bill, nine in the House and eight in the Senate
You can read more about our Assault Benefits bill for DOC and our other legislative priorities in our Teamsters 117 Report from Olympia #1.
Throughout session we will be updating you on policy issues that could impact members of Teamsters Local 117. We will also let you know how you can get involved.
If you would like to attend either event, please contact Dustin Lambro at 206-794-2606.
The Washington State Legislature kicked off its 2016 session on January 11. This is a short, 60-day session that will end on March 10.
Our Legislative Affairs Coordinator, Brenda Wiest, will be on the ground every day in Olympia working to protect the rights of Local 117 members and their families.
Brenda works closely with Political Action Coordinator, Dustin Lambro, who is organizing opportunities for members to speak directly with their legislators about critical issues.
During session, we will be providing regular updates on important hearings and bills that impact members of Local 117.
We have two scheduled two formal Lobby Days for Local 117 members during the 2016 session - a DOC Lobby Day on January 26 and a Public Sector Lobby Day on February 15. If you would like to participate in either of those events, contact Dustin at 206-441-4860 ext. 1262.
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