More than 30 events are planned across Washington On Saturday, Oct. 2, union members and many others across Washington state will join the Women’s March in nationwide marches and rallies for reproductive rights. From Seattle to Spokane, Bellingham to Vancouver, thousands will be taking to the streets at more than 30 different events in Washington to demand an end to the dangerous, escalating attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms in this country. With the 2019 passage of Resolution #31, “the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, affirms that reproductive rights are workers’ rights and will defend and support efforts to obtain and maintain health care for working people covering all reproductive rights choices.” These rallies and marches come as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin oral arguments on Oct. 4 in a case that will determine the future of abortion rights for all Americans. Read more.
TAKE A STAND — The WSLC urges union members to participate in the Oct. 2 actions. Click here to see a map of all the actions, including their times and locations. More than 600 rallies and marches are planned in all 50 states. To promote safety amid the pandemic, all actions are taking place outdoors, have a physical distancing plan, and attendees will be asked to wear masks.
A group of more than 600 state and local workers is suing Governor Inslee to stop Inslee’s vaccine mandate from going into effect on October 18. The suit was originally filed in Walla Walla County on September 10, but on September 27 the judge in the case ordered a change of venue to Thurston County. The plaintiffs argue that the mandate violates state law “by resulting in certain protected political and religious classes being purged from civil service.”
Yesterday the WPEA was able to finalize the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that had been negotiated during the impact bargaining regarding the vaccine mandate. This MOU answers many of the ‘how will this work’ questions that were still unanswered, and solidifies some other items that were up in the air. Read the full MOU for the exact language and terms.
The GG and DNR teams are still at the table with these employers working on finalizing the MOUs for our General Government and Department of Natural Resource members, but we will update you when those are signed and final as well.
Alert to our members at the Washington State Patrol-
The agency has sent upwards of 30 'Intent to Separate' letters out IN ERROR. If you are the recipient of one of these letters, please know that the agency has halted it's letter writing campaign until they verify vaccination status. If you are unsure, or still need to verify status, please reach out to your employer and ensure that they have your status correctly recorded.