"Anti-union" bills pass out of committee in Olympia
February 16, 2017
(OLYMPIA, WA.) -- What the state's largest employee union calls "The awful package of seven bills meant to weaken our voice at work...and our communities," passed out of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee Wednesday night.
All passed out on straight party-line votes, with Republicans voting for them and Democrats voting against them.
The seven bills now head for the next step in the legislative process, either to the Senate Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Rules Committee.
In an email to members the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) wrote, "Sen. Steve Conway of the 29th Dist. said at the end of the rushed votes he had no idea why the GOP sponsors thought these bills were such good ideas. The media has exposed this effort for what it is – an effort to do what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin by rolling back the very collective bargaining rights that public employees exercise to make their communities safe, sound and great."