Interpreters, bilingual DSHS members weigh in on proposed rule change



WAC112514A-copyWFSE/AFSCME members from Interpreters United Local 1671 and DSHS responded to the agency’s proposed rules on independent contract interpreters today (Tuesday, Nov. 25) in Olympia. From left: Sarah Clifthorne, WFSE/AFSCME strategic campaigns supervisor; Chevy Zarate, DSHS, Local 1299, Moses Lake; Louise Morehead, French interpreter and chair of Local 1671’s Professional Development and Training Committee; WFSE/AFSCME Labor Advocate Robin Ledbetter; and Local 1671 President Leroy Mould. The Federation delegation is telling the rulemakers that the union strongly supports the general concept that we must review and update the requirements for independent contractor interpreters certified or authorized by the Department of Social and Health Services. But, they say, the union does not support the proposed rules insofar as they affect bilingual DSHS employees who already meet performance standards by virtue of their employment with the state.

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