We’re entering the 2017 session with a divided legislature. Democrats have a 50-48 majority in the House, while Republicans hold a 25-24 advantage in the Senate. This is the environment in which we have to pass our contracts - including a 6% COLA over two years.
In 2015, we were able to pass the first COLAs in 7 years by joining together with other public employees, small businesses, and community partners to declare that Public Service Matters. We can do the same this year, by building that same coalition and asking the legislature Invest in Washington.
The 2016 election had a lot of twists but we're excited to see that Hilary Franz will be the new Commissioner of Public Lands. Here are the results for WPEA's endorsed candidates (and initiative):