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VOL. 43 NO. 10

DECEMBER 2015

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R-4,
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Shea,
R-4,
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R-5,
Magendanz,
R-5,
Baumgartner,
Parker,
R-6,
Holy,
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Sen.
Bob
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Zack
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Steve
Rep.
Brad
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Mark
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Joe
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Dave
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Rep.
Cary
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Warnick,
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tom
Dent,
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Rep.
Shelly
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Rep.
Matt
Sen.
Sharon
Rep.
Brad
Rep.
Larry
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King,
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Hasegawa,
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Hudgins,
D-11,
Bergquist,
D-11,
Hawkins,
R-12,
R-13,
Dansel
Short,
R-7,
Kretz,
R-7,
Brown,
R-8,
Klippert,
R-8,
Haler,
R-8,
Schoesler,
R-9,
Schmick,
R-9,
Bailey,
R-10,
Smith,
R-10,
Hayes,
R-10,
Parlette,
R-12,
Condotta,
R-12,
R-13,
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Manweller,
R-13,
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(786-7932)
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Norm
Sen.
Jim
Rep.
Bruce
Rep.
David
Sen.
Mike
Rep.
Maureen
Rep. terry
Rep.
Gina
Sen.
Don
Rep.
Lynda
Rep.
Paul
Sen.
Ann
Rep.
Brandon
Rep.
Liz
Sen.
Dean
Rep.
J.D.
Rep.
Brian
Sen.
John
Rep.
Richard
Rep.
Ed
Orcutt,
Sen.
Rep.
Strom
Johnson
R-14,
McCabe,
R-14,
Honeyford,
R-15,
Chandler,
R-15,
taylor,
R-15,
Hewitt,
R-16,
Walsh,
R-16,
Benton,
R-17,
Wilson,
R-17,
Harris,
R-17,
Rivers,
R-18,
Vick,
R-18,
Pike,
R-18,
takko,
D-19,
Rossetti,
D-19,
Blake,
D-19,
Braun
R-20,
DeBolt,
R-20,
R-20,
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Peterson,
D-21,
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Karen
Rep.
Chris
Rep.
Sam
Hunt,
Sen.
Bruce
Rep.
Melanie
Rep.
Hans
Sen.
Jan
Angel
Rep.
Jesse
Rep.
Michelle
Sen.
Jeannie
Rep.
Laurie
Rep.
Jake
Sen.
Steve
Rep.
Rep.
Christine
Rep.
Lillian
Sen.
Christine
Rep.
Sherry
Rep.
Drew
Sen.
Jim
Rep.
Kevin
Van
Rep.
Steve
Fraser,
D-22,
Reykdal,
D-22,
D-22,
De Wege,
Dammeier,
R-25,
Stambaugh,
Zeiger,
R-25,
R-26
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R-26,
Darneille,
D-27,
Jinkins,
D-27,
Fey,
D-27,
O’Ban
R-28,
R-28
Kilduff,
D-28,
Ortiz-Self,
D-21,
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D-23,
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D-23,
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D-23,
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D-24,
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Steve
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David
Rep.
Steve
Sen.
Mark
Rep.
Linda
Rep.
teri
Hickel,
Sen.
Pam
Rep.
Drew
Rep.
Christopher
Sen.
Maralyn
Rep.
Cindy
Rep.
Ruth
Sen.
Karen
Rep. tina
Rep.
Mia
Sen.
Sharon
Rep.
Eileen
Rep.
Joe
Sen.
tim
Rep.
Dan
Rep.
Drew
Conway,
D-29,
Sawyer,
D-29,
Kirby,
D-29,
Miloscia,
R-30,
Kochmar,
R-30,
R-30,
Roach,
R-31,
Stokesbary,
Hurst,
D-31,
Chase,
D-32,
Ryu,
D-32,
Kagi,
D-32,
Keiser,
D-33,
Orwall,
D-33,
Gregerson
D-33
Nelson,
D-34,
Cody,
D-34,
Fitzgibbon,
Sheldon,
D-35,
Griffey,
R-35,
MacEwen,
R-35,
Carlyle,
D-36,
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(786-7830)
(786-7660)
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(786-7846)
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(786-7662)
(786-7880)
(786-7910)
(786-7664)
(786-7834)
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(786-7978)
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griffey
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Gael
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Rep.
Sharon
Rep.
Eric
Sen.
John
Mc-
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June
Rep.
Mike
Sen.
Kirk
Rep.
Dan
Rep.
Elizabeth
Sen.
Kevin
Rep.
Kristine
Rep.
Jeff
Rep.
tana
Senn
Rep.
Judy
Sen.
Doug
Rep.
Luanne
Rep.
Vincent
Sen.
Jamie
Rep.
Brady
YEt,
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tarleton,
D-36,
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D-37,
tomiko
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D-37,
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D-38,
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D-38,
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D-38,
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R-39,
Kristiansen,
Scott,
R-39,
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D-40,
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D-40,
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D-40,
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R-41,
D-41,
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D-41,
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R-42,
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R-42,
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D-43,
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WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee
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December 2015 WFSE/AFSCME Washington State Employee Page 5 The lessons learned from their action “I think

The lessons learned from their action

“I think the big message by us doing that action – I think there’s a feeling that we’re powerless in this society. And to see people using the union -- with the help of the union -- getting together and actually getting something done, we’re taking the power back. We are empowering people by seeing this action happen and getting results.”

Anneliese Simons Psychiatric social worker 3 Western State Hospital, Local 793

social worker 3 Western State Hospital, Local 793 ‘We’re taking the power back’ From left: WFSE/AFSCME
‘We’re taking the power back’
‘We’re taking
the power back’

From left: WFSE/AFSCME General Government Strategic Coordinator Sean Dannen and Local 793 members Dr. Kath- leen Gallagher, Anneliese Simons and Kathy Seiffert.

Kath- leen Gallagher, Anneliese Simons and Kathy Seiffert. How a group of Eastern and Western State

How a group of Eastern and Western State Hospital members used their pow- er to come together, speak up and help solve one part of a troubling recruitment and retention problem

A nneliese Simons is one of the dedicated psychiatric social worker 3s who has seen co-workers leave in the past year as Western

and Eastern State Hospitals face a crisis recruiting and keeping good workers.

“We have lost so many in the past year because they can make much more money elsewhere -- $10,000 - $20,000

more a year,” said Simons, who’s worked at Western for eight years with a social work degree from the University of

Washington-Tacoma. But she and co-workers stepped up with a solution, using the voice they have, coming together as a union. They initiated a grass- roots, member-driven effort to raise awareness, support and action. They gathered more than 400 letters at East- ern, Western and from other WFSE/AFSCME members making the governor and state budget office aware of the crisis. They got attention. On Dec. 1 psychiatric so- cial worker 3s and psycholo- gist 4s began receiving 15 percent assignment pay.

“We’re hoping with these

raises we’ll be able to fill posi-

tions

go back to doing what they do best,” said Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, a psychologist 4 at Western since 2013. “It shows people if we ac- tually work together as a team – and the union is a team – we can get things done,” said Kathy Seiffert, a psychiatric social worker 3 at Western since 2012. “Part of being a union is being involved,” Simons said. “The union is not a hired gun. The members are the power.” Simons, Gallagher and Seiffert are members of Local 793 at Western State Hospital.

and

psychologists can

Part of the solution to a crisis

The members involved in the grassroots awareness effort brought a measure of calm to the crisis. And it is a crisis. The Tacoma News Tri- bune reported Nov. 27 that the challenge of keeping positions filled at Western was one reason for an over- all safety problem with high rates of assaults and injuries. The recruitment and retention crisis was cited as one reason Western had its federal fund- ing pulled and has not been able to obey the court order mandating examination of criminal defendants within a week.

See POWER, page 8

EVERY VOICE COUNTS: LEGISLATURE 2016

Budget, budget, budget

EVERY VOICE COUNTS: LEGISLATURE 2016 Budget, budget, budget WFSE/AFSCME members gear up to make presence known

WFSE/AFSCME members gear up to make presence known as state faces old and new budget challenges; it all starts Jan. 11.

faces old and new budget challenges; it all starts Jan. 11. These Local 793 members at

These Local 793 members at Western State Hospital took part with members at some 190 worksites on the Dec. 3 “Day of Action” to make sure the supplemental budget for 2016-17 funds vital services and protects public employees.

A s one longtime ob- server recently said, the short 60-day 2016

legislative session will be about three things: Budget. Budget. Budget.

Legislators will work on a supplemental budget -- a smaller even-number-year spending plan to tweak the main biennial budget passed in 2015.

WFSE/AFSCME mem- bers have already scheduled Lobby Days on more than half of those days to press for more funding for such vital public services as Children’s,

mental health, programs for the developmentally disabled,

natural resources and our in- frastructure. Members are using the voice they have under the right they have to come to- gether, advocate for public services and the people who depend on our services. But there are many bud- get challenges:

• The courts are sorting

out the constitutionality of the latest Tim Eyman initia- tive that passed with less than super-majority support in November. If upheld, I-1366 would cut $8 billion in badly needed state revenue through

2021 at the same time the state must come up with $5 billion to fund the Supreme Court mandate on school funding, according to state budget of- ficials.

• Now comes word that

our budget and revenue situ- ation could get even worse. The state Economic and Reve- nue Forecast Council on Nov. 18 predicted a $474 million

shortfall in the next, full two- year budget for 2017-2019.

• And that came the same

day Eyman filed another cost- ly initiative that would limit

Keep in touch and get the message out at the Capitol and back home:

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the duration of tax increases to one year if not approved by either a supermajority of the Legislature, or by voters.

The background information

you asked for is below.

Budget overview 2016

 
Budget overview 2016   Gearing up for action. Member lobbyists at WFSE/ AFSCME Lobby Training Dec.

Gearing up for action. Member lobbyists at WFSE/ AFSCME Lobby Training Dec. 12 in Olympia.

the cost of fully implementing HB 2261 could be as much as $5 billion. Currently there is no consensus in the Legislature on how to come up with the funding necessary to comply with the court order. The chal- lenge in front of the Legisla- ture is complex and contro- versial – and very expensive.

 

The following is an over- view of the major challenges facing state employees as the Legislature prepares for the 2016 legislative session.

THE STRUCTURAL BUDGET DEFECIT Although Washington state tax collections are grow- ing (slowly), total per capita revenue remains far below pre-recession levels. Personal income in Wash- ington state is higher than the national average, and ex- pected to grow even more in the future. However, state revenue has been declining as a share of personal income for more than 20 years. In 1995, state and lo- cal revenue collections were equal to 6.6 percent of total personal income. By 2014 that rate had dropped to 4.9 percent -- and this downward trend is expected to continue

 

in the future. In fact, Washing- ton state has fallen to 35th in the nation in terms of tax col- lections as a share of personal income. Washington’s tax sys- tem – what we tax and what we don’t tax – simply isn’t capable of meeting the state’s needs any more. Washington is a wealthy state, but we don’t tax wealth. Instead, we rely on the sales tax as our biggest source of revenue. However, the sales tax only applies to goods, not services, and the purchase of goods is a declining share of today’s service-based econo-

my. Over-reliance on a sales tax limited only to the pur- chase of goods is a major rea- son why studies have shown that Washington has the most regressive tax system in the nation. There are other significant structural problems with our state’s tax system. Over the past 100 years the state has enacted well over 600 tax loopholes worth billions of dollars. As a result, small and marginal businesses pay far more in business taxes than do large, profitable corpora- tions. Further, hundreds of mil- lions in sales tax revenue is lost to online shopping, and the Legislature enacted an

 

The legislative ses- sion starts Jan. 11.

arbitrary 1 percent cap on property tax growth that fails to keep up with inflation. At the same time state tax collections as a percent of the overall economy are declin- ing, costs for vital public ser- vices are growing. Further, those costs will grow exponentially as demo- graphic shifts toward an aging population will result in even greater demands for health care and public services in the future. The result is the state of Washington has a structural budget deficit that will only be resolved by increasing revenue and/or permanently reducing state spending. We will remain in a state of perpetual austerity, with budget battles in the Legis- lature every year, until our structural budget deficit is resolved.

THE IMPACT OF THE McCLEARY DECISION The McCleary case refers to a lawsuit originally filed in 2007, by the Network of Excellence in Washington Schools on behalf of the Mc-

Cleary and Venema families, arguing the state was failing in its constitutional duty to fully fund K-12 education. A trial was held in King County Superior Court in 2009. In response, the Legisla- ture adopted HB 2261 in 2009 that redefined basic educa- tion and set a deadline of full implementation by 2018. Despite passage of this legislation, the Superior Court ruled against the state in 2009, the state appealed, and in 2012 the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the Legislature to comply with HB 2261 and meet its constitutional duty by 2018. While the Legislature has significantly increased K-12 education spending in recent sessions, they have been un- able to agree on a plan to fully fund all of the requirements of the law. As a result, the Supreme Court found the Legislature in contempt and issued fines to the state of $100,000 a day until compliance is achieved. The fine itself isn’t a problem for the state financially, but

THE THREAT OF INITIATIVE 1366 I-1366 was the latest bal- lot measure from professional initiative-promoter Tim Ey- man. This initiative will de- crease the state sales tax by one cent (from 6.5% down to 5.5%) unless the Legislature votes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would permanently and forever require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes or close loopholes. This Eyman initiative is meant to end-run the 2013 state Supreme Court ruling that declared the two-thirds requirement to be unconstitu- tional. I-1366 proposes to work around that problem by forc- ing the Legislature to either forward Eyman’s preferred constitutional amendment to the ballot or face a massive reduction in state revenue. I-1366 was adopted this past November with 51.5 percent of the vote. The state would lose $8 billion over six years if the sales tax decrease contained in I-1366 were to go into effect.

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EVERY VOICE COUNTS: LEGISLATURE 2016

Coming together, speaking up for public services, helping families get ahead

S ome 65 members representing WFSE/AFSCME locals and a variety of job and bargaining unit categories gathered in Olympia Dec. 12 for Lobby Training for 2016.

More than half are first-time member lobbyists. They got an important briefing on the issues (see some of that background on page 2). But more importantly they learned how important it is to tell legislators and the

public their stories -- because the public may distrust the government, but “what they want from the government is what you do every day,” WFSE/AFSCME Legis- lative and Political Action Director Dennis Eagle told the member lobbyists. “You guys are our secret weapon,” Eagle said. On this page are some the goals and stories of just 10 of those member lob- byists. One message is clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for.

clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for. “MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL
clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for. “MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL
clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for. “MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL
clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for. “MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL
clear: Public Services Matter and are worth speaking up for. “MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL

“MAKING A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE”

“This is our country, our government. It’s our job to make things better. If we don’t let our voices be heard, if we don’t take whatever means we can take to make things better in our lives, in our community, then we’ve really given up, we aren’t playing a part of the game. We can’t complain about the game if we’re not willing to contribute.” Lesli Younger, an information technology worker at Eastern Washington University in Cheney (Lo- cal 931), who’s committed to the Higher Education mission of helping students become “productive citizens.”

“GETTING ANSWERS TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM”

“I’m asking support from the public and others to sup- port us in helping us keep full-time employees who work in government service. Because they provide valuable services that are needed by the public.” Abdullatif Qaasim, a customer services specialist with the Department of Licensing in Olympia (Local 443), whose greatest joy is helping callers who “just don’t know their way around the system. Having a professional there who is trained and motivated and really enjoys what they’re doing” helps stakeholders get the answers they need.

“STANDING UP FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS”

“We serve the most vulnerable populations. (When we talk to legislators) we’re talking about budget cuts that have happened and (now what) we need ad- ditionally to get this job done and serving babies and children.” Mahogany Villars, a social services specialist (so- cial worker) with DSHS Children’s in Kent (Local 843)

“PRESERVING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION”

“(Medical interpreters) provide a very important service because we are a bridge of communication. It is through us that people can communicate and patients can receive care or help when they need it. It’s a more productive way of working.” Aida Sanchez-Vela, a medical interpreter in Federal Way (statewide Interpreters United Local 1671).

“KEEPING INSURANCE COMPANIES HONEST”

“We are very important to make sure that the in- surance companies are there, they’re solvent and

they’re doing what they’re supposed to do

good for the people of the state of Washington to know that real professionals are supporting them.” Yasen Angelov, a financial analyst with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner in Olympia (Local 443).

It’s really

“HELPING TROUBLED YOUTH BACK INTO FAMILIES”

“I’m a mental health coordinator and I serve over 70 percent mental health population while they’re in

our facility and while they transition back into their

think helping them can help reduce the

recidivism rate so they don’t come back to our facility or transition to the Department of Corrections.” Nichelle Shelley, juvenile rehabilitation counselor at Green Hill School in Chehalis (Local 862), who’s proud of being on a team that brings families of the troubled youth together to “develop a plan” to transi- tion back into the community. “Ultimately, families are the experts of themselves,” Shelley says.

community

I

“A VOICE FOR INJURED WORKERS”

“It’s very important that we pull together and we get a message that means something out to legislators As a risk manager, I work with employers to try to help them put in safety programs to put together ele- ments to protect their employees from injury.” Connie Lewis, Department of Labor & Industries in Everett (Local 1020)

“MY WHOLE FOCUS IS THE KIDS”

“The bigger message for the people I serve (in the DSHS Child Care Division) is to help us keep the funding that we need so we can have the resources

to take care of these children

focus is the kids.” Jim Crouse, a financial services specialist with DSHS in Ellensburg (Local 1301)

That’s my whole

“WE MAKE AN AMAZING DIFFERENCE”

“It’s amazing the difference you see in someone’s face when they come in. They’ve got nothing and even if we’re able to give them food assistance, that person is able to go home that night and make sure their children have food on the table because we were able to help them.” June Sanderson, a financial services specialist in Oak Harbor (Local 1060) who plans to tell legislators about the need to restore funding to the safety net to help our neighbors who hit hard times.

“IT’S ABOUT QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES”

“I’m advocating for the public, the people who I

serve

problems with their specific claims in order to get the

benefits that they’re eligible for

for adequate funding for services because) if we do nothing, then the system stays the same or gets worse.” Douglas Perry, an unemployment insurance spe- cialist with the Employment Security Department in Spokane (Local 1221)

(We must advocate

helping

people get to someone to resolve

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USE YOUR VOICE TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Listed here are the names of the senator and two representatives from each of this state’s 49 legislative districts for the 60-day 2016 regular session of the Legislature that starts Jan. 11.

• Democrats control the House, 50-48.

• The Senate has 25 Republicans and 24 Democrats. However, one

Democrat, Sen. Tim Sheldon, caucuses with the 25 Republicans in the “Majority Coalition Caucus.”

DISTRICT 1

in the “Majority Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep.
in the “Majority Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep.

DISTRICT 2

DISTRICT 3

Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep. Graham Hunt ,
Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep. Graham Hunt ,
Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep. Graham Hunt ,
Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep. Graham Hunt ,
Coalition Caucus.” DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 Rep. Luis Sen. Randi Rep. Graham Hunt ,

Rep. Luis

Sen. Randi

Rep. Graham Hunt, R-2, (786-

Rep. J. T. Wilcox, R-2,

Sen. Andy

Moscoso, D-1,

Becker, R-2,

Billig, D-3,

(786-7900) (luis

(786-7602)

7824)

(786-7912)

(786-7604)

.moscoso

(randi.becker

(graham.hunt@

(jt.wilcox

(andy.billig

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 9

DISTRICT 10

Sen. Rosemary

Rep. Derek

McAuliffe, D-1,

Stanford, D-1,

(786-7600)

(786-7928)

(rosemary.

(derek.stanford

mcauliffe@leg.

wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 8

Use this directory to call or e-mail your legislators directly.

DISTRICT 7

to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.
to call or e-mail your legislators directly. DISTRICT 7 Sen. Brian Rep. Shelly Rep. Joel Sen.

Sen. Brian

Rep. Shelly

Rep. Joel

Sen. Sharon

Rep. Brad

Rep. Larry

Sen. Mark

Rep. Mary Dye,

Dansel

Short, R-7,

Kretz, R-7,

Brown, R-8,

Klippert, R-8,

Haler, R-8,

Schoesler, R-9,

R-9,

R-7, (786-7612)

(786-7908)

(786-7988)

(786-7614)

(786-7882)

(786-7986)

(786-7620)

(786-7942)

(brian.dansel@

(shelly.short

(joel.kretz.

(sharon.brown

(brad.klippert

(larry.haler

(mark.schoesler

(mary.dye

leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 14

 

DISTRICT 15

 

DISTRICT 16

DISTRICT 14   DISTRICT 15   DISTRICT 16 Rep. Norm Rep. Gina Sen. Jim Rep. Bruce
DISTRICT 14   DISTRICT 15   DISTRICT 16 Rep. Norm Rep. Gina Sen. Jim Rep. Bruce
DISTRICT 14   DISTRICT 15   DISTRICT 16 Rep. Norm Rep. Gina Sen. Jim Rep. Bruce
DISTRICT 14   DISTRICT 15   DISTRICT 16 Rep. Norm Rep. Gina Sen. Jim Rep. Bruce

Rep. Norm

Rep. Gina

Sen. Jim

Rep. Bruce

Johnson R-14,

McCabe, R-14,

Honeyford, R-15,

Chandler, R-15,

(786-7810)

(786-7856)

(786-7684)

(786-7960)

(norm.johnson

(gina.mccabe

(jim.honeyford

(bruce.chandler

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 21

 

DISTRICT 22

Rep. David Sen. Mike Rep. Maureen Taylor, R-15, Hewitt, R-16, Walsh, R-16, (786-7874) (786-7630)
Rep. David Sen. Mike Rep. Maureen Taylor, R-15, Hewitt, R-16, Walsh, R-16, (786-7874) (786-7630)
Rep. David Sen. Mike Rep. Maureen Taylor, R-15, Hewitt, R-16, Walsh, R-16, (786-7874) (786-7630)

Rep. David

Sen. Mike

Rep. Maureen

Taylor, R-15,

Hewitt, R-16,

Walsh, R-16,

(786-7874)

(786-7630)

(786-7836)

(david.taylor

(mike.hewitt

(maureen.walsh

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 23

@leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 23 Rep. Joe Sen. Barbara Rep. Norma Schmick, R-9,

Rep. Joe

Sen. Barbara

Rep. Norma

Schmick, R-9,

Bailey, R-10,

Smith, R-10,

(786-7844)

(786-7618)

(786-7884)

(joe.schmick

(barbara.bailey

(norma.smith

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 17

( joe.schmick (barbara.bailey (norma.smith @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 17
( joe.schmick (barbara.bailey (norma.smith @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 17
( joe.schmick (barbara.bailey (norma.smith @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 17

Rep. Paul

Harris, R-17,

(786-7976)

(paul.harris

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 25

Rep. Terry

Sen. Don

Rep. Lynda

Nealey, R-16,

(786-7828)

(terry.nealey

@leg.wa.gov)

Benton, R-17,

(786-7632)

(don.benton

@leg.wa.gov)

Wilson, R-17,

(786-7994)

(lynda.wilson

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 24

( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,
( lynda.wilson @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 24 Rep. Lillian Sen. Karen Rep. Chris Rep. Sam Hunt,

Rep. Lillian

Sen. Karen

Rep. Chris

Rep. Sam Hunt,

Sen. Christine

Rep. Sherry

Rep. Drew

Sen. Jim

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-24,

 

Ortiz-Self, D-21,

Fraser, D-22,

Reykdal, D-22,

D-22,

Rolfes, D-23,

Appleton, D-23,

Hansen, D-23,

Hargrove, D-24,

(786-7972)

(786-7642)

(786-7940)

(786-7992)

(786-7644)

(786-7934)

(786-7842)

(786-7646)

(786-7916)

(lillian.ortiz-self

(karen.fraser

(chris.reykdal

(sam.hunt

(christine.rolfes

(sherry.appleton

(drew.hansen

(jim.hargrove

(kevin.vandewege

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 29

 

DISTRICT 30

 

DISTRICT 31

 
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger
29   DISTRICT 30   DISTRICT 31   Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-24, (786-7904) ( steve.tharinger

Rep. Steve

Tharinger, D-24,

(786-7904)

(steve.tharinger

@leg.wa.gov)

Sen. Bruce

Dammeier, R-25,

(786-7648)

(bruce.dammeier

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 32

R-25, (786-7648) ( bruce.dammeier @leg.wa.gov) DISTRICT 32 Sen. Steve Rep. David Rep. Steve Sen. Mark Rep.
R-25, (786-7648) ( bruce.dammeier @leg.wa.gov) DISTRICT 32 Sen. Steve Rep. David Rep. Steve Sen. Mark Rep.

Sen. Steve

Rep. David

Rep. Steve

Sen. Mark

Rep. Linda

Conway, D-29,

Sawyer, D-29,

Kirby, D-29,

Miloscia, R-30,

Kochmar, R-30,

(786-7656)

(786-7906)

(786-7996)

(786-7658)

(786-7898)

(steve.conway

(david.sawyer

(steve.kirby

(mark.miloscia

(linda.kochmar

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 36

 

DISTRICT 37

Rep. Teri Hickel,

Sen. Pam

Rep. Drew

Rep. Christopher

Sen. Maralyn

Rep. Cindy

R-30,

Roach, R-31,

Stokesbary,

Hurst, D-31,

Chase, D-32,

Ryu, D-32,

(786-7830)

(786-7660)

R-31, (786-7846)

(786-7866)

(786-7662)

(786-7880)

(teri.hickel

(pam.roach

(drew.stokesbary

(christopher.hurst

(maralyn.chase

(cindy.ryu

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 38

 

DISTRICT 39

@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila
@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila
@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila
@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila
@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila
@leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 38   DISTRICT 39 Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36, Rep. Gael Sen. Pramila

Rep. NO APPT YET, D-36,

Rep. Gael

Sen. Pramila

Rep. Sharon

Rep. Eric

Sen. John Mc- Coy, D-38,

Rep. June

Tarleton, D-36,

Jayapal, D-37,

Tomiko Santos,

Pettigrew, D-37,

Robinson, D-38,

(786-7814)

(786-7860)

(786-7688)

D-37, (786-7944)

(786-7838)

(786-7674)

(786-7864)

(@leg.wa.gov)

(gael.tarleton

(pramila.jayapal

(sharon.santos

(eric.pettigrew

(john.mccoy

(june.robinson

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 43

 

DISTRICT 44

 

DISTRICT 45

DISTRICT 43   DISTRICT 44   DISTRICT 45 Rep. Mike Sen. Kirk Rep. Dan Rep. Elizabeth
DISTRICT 43   DISTRICT 44   DISTRICT 45 Rep. Mike Sen. Kirk Rep. Dan Rep. Elizabeth
DISTRICT 43   DISTRICT 44   DISTRICT 45 Rep. Mike Sen. Kirk Rep. Dan Rep. Elizabeth
DISTRICT 43   DISTRICT 44   DISTRICT 45 Rep. Mike Sen. Kirk Rep. Dan Rep. Elizabeth

Rep. Mike

Sen. Kirk

Rep. Dan

Rep. Elizabeth

Sells, D-38,

Pearson, R-39,

Kristiansen,

Scott, R-39,

(786-7840)

(786-7676)

R-39, (786-7967)

(786-7816)

(mike.sells

(kirk.pearson

(dan.kristiansen

(elizabeth.scott

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 46

DISTRICT 47

Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.
Rep. Frank Sen. Steve Rep. Hans Rep. Mark Sen. Andy Rep. Roger Rep. Larry Sen.

Rep. Frank

Sen. Steve

Rep. Hans

Rep. Mark

Sen. Andy

Rep. Roger

Rep. Larry

Sen. David

Rep. Gerry

Rep. Jessyn

Chopp, D-43,

Hobbs, D-44,

Dunshee, D-44,

Harmsworth

Hill, R-45,

Goodman, D-45,

Springer,

Frockt, D-46,

Pollet,

Farrell, D-46,

(786-7920)

(786-7686)

(786-7804)

R-44, (786-7892)

(786-7672)

(786-7878)

D-45, (786-7822)

(786-7690)

D-46, (786-7886)

(786-7818)

(frank.chopp

(steve.hobbs

(hans.dunshee

(mark.harmsworth

(andy.hill

(roger.goodman

(larry.springer

(david.frockt

(gerry.pollet

(jessyn.farrell

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) @leg.wa.gov) Sen. Joe Fain, R-47, (786-7692) ( joe.fain @leg.wa.gov)

Sen. Joe

Fain, R-47,

(786-7692)

(joe.fain

@leg.wa.gov)

USE YOUR VOICE TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

DISTRICT 3

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DISTRICT 4

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DISTRICT 5

TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 6 Rep. Marcus Rep. Timm
TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 6 Rep. Marcus Rep. Timm
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DISTRICT 6

YOUR LEGISLATORS DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 6 Rep. Marcus Rep. Timm Sen. Mike
YOUR LEGISLATORS DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 6 Rep. Marcus Rep. Timm Sen. Mike
YOUR LEGISLATORS DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 6 Rep. Marcus Rep. Timm Sen. Mike

Rep. Marcus

Rep. Timm

Sen. Mike

Rep. Bob

Rep. Matt

Sen. Mark

Rep. Jay

Riccelli, D-3,

Ormsby, D-3,

Padden, R-4,

McCaslin, R-4,

Shea, R-4,

Mullet, D-5,

Rodne, R-5,

(786-7888)

(786-7946)

(786-7606)

(786-7820)

(786-7984)

(786-7608)

(786-7852)

(marcus.ricelli

(timm.ormsby

(mike.padden

(bob.mccaslin@

(matt shea

(mark.mullet

(jay.rodne

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 10

 

DISTRICT 11

 

DISTRICT 12

DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,
DISTRICT 10   DISTRICT 11   DISTRICT 12 Rep. Chad Sen. Michael Rep. Kevin Magendanz, R-5,

Rep. Chad

Sen. Michael

Rep. Kevin

Magendanz, R-5,

Baumgartner,

Parker, R-6,

(786-7876)

(chad.magendanz

@leg.wa.gov)

R-6, (786-7610)

(michael.

baumgartner

@leg.wa.gov)

(786-7922)

(kevin.parker

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 13

(kevin.parker @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 13 Rep. Jeff Holy, R-6, (786-7962) ( jeff.holy
(kevin.parker @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 13 Rep. Jeff Holy, R-6, (786-7962) ( jeff.holy
(kevin.parker @leg.wa.gov)   DISTRICT 13 Rep. Jeff Holy, R-6, (786-7962) ( jeff.holy

Rep. Jeff

Holy, R-6,

(786-7962)

(jeff.holy

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 14

(786-7962) ( jeff.holy @leg.wa.gov) DISTRICT 14 Rep. Dave Sen. Bob Rep. Zack Rep. Steve Sen.

Rep. Dave

Sen. Bob

Rep. Zack

Rep. Steve

Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-12,

Rep. Cary

Rep. Brad

Sen. Judy Warnick, R-13, (786-7624) (judy.warnick @leg.wa.gov)

Rep. Tom Dent,

Hayes, R-10,

Hasegawa, D-11,

Hudgins, D-11,

Bergquist, D-11,

Condotta, R-12,

Hawkins, R-12,

R-13,

(786-7914)

(786-7616)

(786-7956)

(786-7862)

(786-7622)

(786-7954)

(786-7832)

(786-7932)

(dave.hayes

(bob.hasegawa

(zack.hudgins

(steve.bergquist

(linda.parlette

(cary.condotta

(brad.hawkins

tom.dent

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 18

 

DISTRICT 19

 

DISTRICT 20

DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller
DISTRICT 18   DISTRICT 19   DISTRICT 20 Rep. Matt Manweller, R-13, (786-7808) ( matt.manweller

Rep. Matt

Manweller, R-13,

(786-7808)

(matt.manweller

@leg.wa.gov)

Sen. Curtis

King, R-14,

(786-7626)

(curtis.king

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 21

R-14, (786-7626) ( curtis.king @leg.wa.gov) DISTRICT 21 Sen. Ann Rep. Brandon Rep. Liz Sen. Dean Rep.
R-14, (786-7626) ( curtis.king @leg.wa.gov) DISTRICT 21 Sen. Ann Rep. Brandon Rep. Liz Sen. Dean Rep.

Sen. Ann

Rep. Brandon

Rep. Liz

Sen. Dean

Rep. J.D.

Rep. Brian

Sen. John

Rep. Richard

Rep. Ed Orcutt,

Sen. Mark Liias,

Rep. Strom

Rivers, R-18,

Vick, R-18,

Pike, R-18,

Takko, D-19,

Rossetti, D-19,

Blake, D-19,

Braun R-20,

DeBolt, R-20,

R-20,

D-21,

Peterson, D-21,

(786-7634)

(786-7850)

(786-7812)

(786-7636)

(786-7806)

(786-7870)

(786-7638)

(786-7896)

(786-7990)

(786-7640)

(786-7950)

(ann.rivers

(brandon.vick

(liz.pike

(dean.takko

(jd.rossetti@leg.

(brian.blake

(john.braun

(richard.debolt

(ed.orcutt

(mark.liias

(strom.peterson

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 25

 

DISTRICT 26

 

DISTRICT 27

 

DISTRICT 28

DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.
DISTRICT 26   DISTRICT 27   DISTRICT 28 Rep. Melanie Rep. Hans Sen. Jan Angel Rep.

Rep. Melanie

Rep. Hans

Sen. Jan Angel

Rep. Jesse

Rep. Michelle

Sen. Jeannie

Rep. Laurie

Rep. Jake

Sen. Steve

Rep. Dick Muri,

Rep. Christine

Stambaugh, R-25,

Zeiger, R-25,

R-26

Young

Caldier, R-26,

Darneille, D-27,

Jinkins, D-27,

Fey, D-27,

O’Ban R-28,

R-28

Kilduff, D-28,

(786-7948) (mela-

(786-7968)

(786-7650)

R-26 (786-7964)

(786-7802)

(786-7652)

(786-7930)

(786-7974)

(786-7654)

(786-7890)

(786-7958)

nie.stambaugh

(hans.zeiger

(jan.angel

(jesse.young

(michelle.caldier

(jeannie.darneille

(laurie.jinkins

(jake.fey

(steve.oban

(dick.muri@leg.

(christine.kilduff

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 32

   

DISTRICT 33

 

DISTRICT 34

 

DISTRICT 35

DISTRICT 36

  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia
  DISTRICT 34   DISTRICT 35 DISTRICT 36 Rep. Ruth Sen. Karen Rep. Tina Rep. Mia

Rep. Ruth

Sen. Karen

Rep. Tina

Rep. Mia

Sen. Sharon

Rep. Eileen

Rep. Joe

Sen. Tim

Rep. Dan

Kagi, D-32,

Keiser, D-33,

Orwall, D-33,

Gregerson D-33

Nelson, D-34,

Cody, D-34,

Fitzgibbon,

Sheldon, D-35,

Griffey, R-35,

(786-7910)

(786-7664)

(786-7834)

(786-7868)

(786-7667)

(786-7978)

D-34, (786-7952)

(786-7668)

(786-7966) (dan.

(ruth.kagi

(karen.keiser

(tina.orwall

(mia.gregerson

(sharon.nelson

(eileen.cody

(joe.fitzgibbon

(timothy.sheldon

griffey

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

 

DISTRICT 40

 

DISTRICT 41

 

DISTRICT 42

Rep. Drew Sen. Reuven MacEwen , R-35, Carlyle, D-36, (786-7902) (786-7670) ( drew.macewen ( reuven.carlyle
Rep. Drew Sen. Reuven MacEwen , R-35, Carlyle, D-36, (786-7902) (786-7670) ( drew.macewen ( reuven.carlyle

Rep. Drew

Sen. Reuven

MacEwen, R-35,

Carlyle, D-36,

(786-7902)

(786-7670)

(drew.macewen

(reuven.carlyle

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 43

Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)
Sen. Kevin Rep. Kristine Rep. Jeff Sen. Steve Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)

Sen. Kevin

Rep. Kristine

Rep. Jeff

Sen. Steve

Rep. Tana Senn D-41, (786-7894) (tana.senn @leg.wa.gov)

 

Rep. Judy

Sen. Doug

Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-42, (786-7980) (lu- anne.vanwerven @leg.wa.gov)

Rep. Vincent

Sen. Jamie

Rep. Brady

Ranker, D-40,

Lytton, D-40,

Morris, D-40,

Litzow, R-41,

Clibborn, D-41,

Ericksen,

Buys, R-42,

Pedersen, D-43,

Walkinshaw,

(786-7678)

(786-7800)

(786-7970)

(786-7641)

(786-7926)

R-42, (786-7682)

(786-7854)

(786-7628)

D43, (786-7826)

(kevin.ranker

(kristine.lytton

(jeff.morris

(steve.litzow

(judy.clibborn

(doug.ericksen

(vincent.buys

(jamie.pedersen

(brady.walkin-

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

@leg.wa.gov)

shaw@leg.wa.gov)

DISTRICT 47

   

DISTRICT 48

   

DISTRICT 49

 

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UNION NEWS

Bipartisan opposition builds to Supreme Court case aimed at us

Three prominent Re- publican Washington state senators, including the No. 2 presiding officer in the Senate and the former chair of the state Republican party, have sided with public workers against a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that would make it even harder for public workers like us to come together, speak up and get ahead. And, they say, the case violates conservative prin- ciples separating federal and state responsibilities for good government and labor rela- tions. Signing one of dozens “friend-of-the court” amicus briefs in the so-called Fried- richs case were:

• Sen. Pam Roach of the 31 st Legislative District, president pro-tem of the Sen- ate and chair of the Senate Government Operations and

More online:

There are many online sources exposing the real goals of the Fried- richs case and groups using it to “dismantle” our voice. A good one is Ameri- caWorksTogether:

http://americaworksto-

gether.us/

Security Committee;

• Sen. Don Benton of the

17 th Legislative District, for-

mer head of the Washington State Republican Party and chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee; and

• Sen. Mark Miloscia of

and Insurance Committee; and • Sen. Mark Miloscia of Roach the 30 t h Legislative District,

Roach

the 30 th Legislative District, a noted government watch- dog and chair of the Senate Accountability and Reform Committee.

Roach, Benton and Milos-

cia joined dozens of other cur- rent and former Republican members of state legislatures and Congress from across the country in voicing their objections to the Friedrichs case, which harms the ability of public employees to band

together with others to win

of public employees to band together with others to win Benton better wages and benefits that

Benton

better wages and benefits that sustain their families and win improvements on the job, like health and safety. These Republicans who support public workers said the Friedrichs case interferes with how each of the states chooses to handle its labor relations with its employees, violating long-held conserva- tive values separating powers between the federal govern- ment and each of the 50 states. Further, they and the oth- er prominent Republicans say,

Further, they and the oth- er prominent Republicans say, Miloscia the court case interferes with their

Miloscia

the court case interferes with their responsibility to provide “effective and efficient state government services through the work of public employ- ees.”

• Also: Washington’s Attorney General Bob Fer- guson was one of the 22 AGs who signed the “friend-of- the-court” brief supporting public workers on the same case pending before the high court.

Arbitrator rules against union on health surcharges

An arbitrator Nov. 11 ruled against WFSE/AFSCME and upheld the tobacco and spouse/partner sur- charges enacted in 2014. The union had filed a grievance in April 2014 challenging the sur- charges on the grounds they violated the contract agreement limiting the share of the employee’s health insur- ance premium costs to 15 percent. The arbitrator disagreed, say- ing the surcharges did not violate the Health Benefits Agreement ne- gotiated between the state and the Federation-led Coalition of State Em-

ployee Unions. “Those surcharges are a charge or fee that is not related to the cost of providing health care benefits, but rather is based on behavior (tobacco) or status (availability of comparable insurance for spouse/partner),” the arbitrator said. “The state’s adoption of the surcharges was not contrary to the parties’ agreement that employees would only have to pay 15 percent of the total weighted average of the projected health care premium.”

On the front lines for Green River members

The union earlier this month laid out the hypocrisy, lack of oversight and humanity at Green River College in a presentation to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. WFSE/AFSCME Higher Educa- tion Strategic Coordinator Mark Ham- ilton told the state board that allowing Green River to spend $4.1 million on the renovation of their Student Affairs and Success Building -- given their poor treatment of staff (earning votes of no confidence) -- “was tantamount to giving Green River College a lot of money as a reward for bad behavior.”

This comes in the wake of the recent layoff of three maintenance me- chanics from the facilities department. Hamilton told the board Dec. 3:

“All dealt with a constant backlog of work orders in a constant state of inadequate staffing, which jeopardizes the maintenance of state facilities and employee safety. “Green River College claims that shortfalls in the capital projects budget necessitated these layoffs. It is our opinion that the budget is being used as an excuse to cover up retaliatory behavior and anti union animus.”

The San Bernardino massacre really was a union tragedy

I n the wake of the Dec. 2 massacre

in San Bernardino it turned out

that 12 of the 14 victims were

union members. The Huffington Post reports that 10 were members of SEIU Local 721, which represents county environmental health specialists like those gunned down at the holiday party at the Inland Regional Center. These members regularly worked at

the state facility that serves people with developmental disabilities, offering work programs and social services. Two other victims were members of Teamsters Local 1932, which also represents public sector workers in San Bernardino. All 14 members were dedicated workers and beloved family members. For more on who they were, here’s

a good link from the Los Angeles

Times: http://www.latimes.com/

local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-bernardino-

shooting-victims-htmlstory.html AFSCME President Lee Saunders spoke for all AFSCME members when he said Dec. 3:

“Our hearts are heavy with the senseless loss of life suffered in San Bernardino yesterday. We pray for the

families and colleagues of those killed.

It is unconscionable that some of our

of those killed. It is unconscionable that some of our most vulnerable citizens and public service

most vulnerable citizens and public service workers dedicated to the health and well being of their communities would be targeted this way. Every day, our nation’s public service workers -- including health care providers, social workers, law enforcement and first responders -- head out into their communities to aid those in need and keep America running. They deserve nothing less than safety and respect. We will not forget the contributions of those who died, and through our work, we will honor them.” AFSCME has set up a special online center where you can leave condolences. We have a link on our website:

http://wfse.org/san-bernardino/

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after recent media reports about high assault rates at Western State Hospital, Henricksen said. She said similar patterns exist at other DSHS institutions, juvenile parole and community facilities and Veterans’ Affairs homes. “HB 1718 would bring these high-risk positions into line with current pension policy that recognizes the high-risk jobs of police, firefighters, park rangers, Community Corrections officers and other Department of Correc- tions personnel, county juvenile detention workers and others.” SHB 1718 passed the House 95-3 in 2015 but did not get a hearing in the Senate. It remains alive in the 2016 legislative session that starts Jan. 11