As I reported last week, the Service Employees International Union 775NW joined the 40,000-member Federation of State Employees in suing Gov. Chris Gregoire for not forwarding the contract with its members’ pay raises to the Legislature. They filed the suit today.
The SEIU seems to be on more solid footing than the Federation. The collective bargaining law for them flatly says any contract approved by an arbitrator must be sent to the Legislature.
And Victor Moore, the governor’s budget director, said last week he would need several changes in state law to implement the governor’s budget.
Her budget proposal would freeze salaries for state workers, quasi-workers like the 23,000 home care workers and public school employees (the state portion of their pay.)
Here’s the story I wrote last week.
Home Care Workers File Lawsuit, Charge Governor’s Budget Illegal
Federal Way – SEIU Healthcare 775NW filed a lawsuit today with the Washington State Supreme Court today charging that Governor Gregoire violated state law by failing to include funding for the home care worker union contract in her proposed 2009-11 budget. The contract provides a modest raise – 25-cents in 2009 and 22-cents in 2010 – to 23,000 low-wage workers who earn less than $11/hour to care for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities.