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By Michael Rainey, President/Executive Director,
February 28, 2023
Here is the latest Legislative Report from President/Executive Director Michael Rainey: With the beginning of week 8 of the 2023 legislative session, we have almost reached the midway point of the 105-day long session. Amongst the hundreds of bills introduced, the approaching legislative deadlines for passing out of committee mean that some will get over the hurdle.
By Council 2 Staff,
February 14, 2023
The 2023 Legislative Session has started in-person after a 3-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislators will pass a new 2-year operating budget for the state, including funding for collective bargaining agreements. Labor unions aim to get legislation to provide necessary information and protections to represent their members effectively.
By Council 2 Staff,
December 12, 2022
Washington State Supreme Court Rules Spokane “Open Bargaining” Ordinance Unconstitutional: Unanimous decision is a major win for Spokane City Employees Local 270– and a major blow to the Olympia-based, anti-union Freedom Foundation SPOKANE– In a unanimous ruling this week, the Washington State Supreme Court rejected a controversial– and an illegal and unconstitutional– ordinance in the...Read More
By Council 2 Staff,
September 6, 2022
In a win for Council 2 and Local 270 members at the City of Spokane, the Washington State Supreme Court has agreed to a direct review of the City’s appeal of a Superior Court ruling rejecting their “open bargaining” ordinance. By agreeing to hear this case directly, the Union will be bypassing the traditional Appeals Court, thereby expediting a final ruling. A decision is expected this...Read More
By Council 2 Staff,
August 31, 2022
At the April 30th Executive Board meeting Michael Rainey was appointed President and Executive Director. In his message to the Board, Rainey shared his personal connection to the union, as well as his thoughts on the direction the Union must take in the coming year, with a focus on member engagement and organizing. “Like many, I began this journey as an interested member who wanted to...Read More
By Chris Dugovich,
July 22, 2022
After a 40 Year Council 2 Career, President and Executive Director Chris Dugovich Retires Chris Dugovich, who worked for Council 2 over a four-decade career, including over 30 years as President and Executive Director, retired from his position at the April 30 Executive Board meeting. The Board selected Michael Rainey to serve the remainder of Dugovich’s term. Rainey, a Staff Representative...Read More