Segall, Bristlol and Grubb review ratification vote procedure.
Segall, Bristol and Grubb review ratification vote procedure.

The online votes are in and all 10 Federation contracts for 2017-2019 have been ratified. Online voting ended at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 30). All contracts were ratified by “overwhelming” margins, according to the Election Committee.

The tally was certified at 5:32 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 by the Council 28 Election Committee of: Bing Bristol, Department of Enterprise Services, Local 443; Ken Grubb, Department of Labor and Industries, Local 443; and Steve Segall, Department of Social and Health Services, Local 443.

Here are the results:

Congratulations to all bargaining teams, members who voted and staff and members who got the vote out. To review the gains in your contract, go to: and click on your contract.

This is a big step, but not the last….

Now that we have voted to ratify our new union contracts, the Washington state Legislature must fund our contracts too.

That’s called “Legislative Ratification.” The Legislature has the final say on funding the parts of our contract on compensation and health care. (On non-economic parts of the contracts, they have no veto power.)

Only then will we see a raise on July 1, 2017.

But some legislators in the Senate Majority Coalition are already questioning whether to fund our raises:

“State Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, (the vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee) said rejection of the contracts is a real possibility next year….
“’On the surface, it’s hard to see how you could come to the conclusion that these (contracts) are financially feasible, (Braun told The Olympian Sept. 14).” SOURCE: The Olympian, 9/14/16 –

How can we help to send legislators to Olympia in 2017 who share our public service values — and are willing to invest in state employees? Please join us for the critical next step to winning fair pay for state employees. Find out how by emailing Brandon Anderson at or visiting our online action center at

And remember, to ensure legislative ratification of our contract, it is important for all members to vote for legislative candidates in the Nov. 8 General Election. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check your voter status to make sure you can vote in the General Election by going to our website at:


  1. This contract ia a joke…the union only got us 6%…Not 21%!!!!
    The 15.3% is a retention and retainment which had absolutely NOTHING to do with the union!!!
    Also it should be noted; that the uw can take back that 15.3% ANYTIME TIME THEY WANT!!

  2. I would like to see a list of the number of members represented on each contract.

    The number of voting members seems quite low. Low enough to question if we have a quorum large enough to be a valid ratification vote.

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