Your PROTEC17 state employee negotiating team met virtually with Department of Licensing (DOL), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) management on Wed., April 27 to begin bargaining for your 2023-2025 contract.
So far, five proposals on contract language and working conditions have been presented. As a reminder, discussions on targeted- and cost-of-living increases will commence after the State’s June economic forecast, and we’ll negotiate in coalition with other State employee unions over healthcare costs later in the summer. We are restricted by statute from negotiating over healthcare and pension benefits. Also per state statute, we’re required to have a contract ratified by October 1, 2022 so the agreement can be reviewed by the governor’s office for financial viability and then go through the legislative process next session. This is why it’s so important to have elected officials in the legislature who support state employees – they have to the power to approve or deny your contract prior to it being finalized and signed by the governor.
Remember, you will be receiving a 3.25% COLA on July 1 of this year, and those who worked through the most dangerous part of the pandemic will also receive a lump sum payment on their July 25, 2022 paycheck (see below).
Our next bargaining session is May 19. Please make sure that we have your preferred personal email address on file to receive updates throughout the summer. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to your Union Representative or a member of the bargaining team: Faith Shuler (WSDOT), Mike Roy (WSDOT), Brian Brannies (WSDOT), Brendan Byron (WSDOT), Steve Morgans (WSDOT), Bonnie Caress (DOL), Chanel Johnson (DOL), Mindi Mezek (WSP), and Christina Belt (WSP).