Council 2 realizes that unique times call for unique actions. With the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic difficulties that have touched almost everyone who is a member of Council 2 and their families, the Union is awarding the following 62 additional dependent scholarships and 5 continuing education awards, for a total of $32,250: First
Spokane – Council 2 workers across Washington and Idaho are keeping local government moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether working from home or adopting new safety precautions, workers are putting community first during this trying time. One important example are employees at the Spokane County Jail, who have successfully balanced their work with public health recommendations and...Read More
Council 2 is on your side fighting for higher wages, better benefits, and strong contracts for its members. Even as the pandemic rages on, Council 2 will continue to fight for the best interests of city and county employees. Some recent wins include:
Pierce County Wastewater, Local 120-W: Council 2’s bargaining team went to the table in mid-2019, as Jason Main, Mark Newport, and Abbie Zulock...Read More
The 60 day Legislative Session ended on the 12th with your Union’s priority bills being delivered to Governor Inslee for his signature.
HB 1888 – Protecting Employee Privacy
Our main focus this session was to prevent employee birthdates and photos from being released by employers through the Public Disclosure Process. The bill ran into a temporary set-back when nearly all the...Read More
Your Union’s effort to prevent the disclosure of public employee birthdates and personal photos continues to advance through the Legislative process. In fact, it’s gaining strength. The bill was voted out of the Senate State Government Committee with a unanimous bipartisan vote. It is now before the Senate Ways and Means Committee and was heard on Friday evening, February 28.
On Friday, February 14th, HB 1888 was passed by the House of Representation on a strong bipartisan vote, 91 Yes - 7 No. In short, the bill expands the current protections that Law Enforcement Officers have to ALL public employees. It would prohibit employee birth dates and photos from being disclosed to anyone outside the news media. In addition, it mandates that employees and their Unions be...Read More