Seattle City Council unanimously backs WFSE/AFSCME members’ push for geographic pay

From left: Bright, Herbold and Salazar.
From left: Bright, Herbold and Salazar.

All nine members of the Seattle City Council are urging Gov. Jay Inslee to support “geographic pay” (sometimes called “locality pay”) for state employees living in high-cost areas.

Local 304 member Brooks Salazar and Dale Bright, president of the Martin Luther King County Central Labor Council, accepted the signed letter from Councilmember Lisa Herbold Aug. 12.

The council wrote Inslee that they “respectfully request that you work with the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to allow more flexibility to help address the inequities faced by state employees in high-cost areas.

“We respect the work that public servants perform for our residents and we urge you to address these inequities and ensure that all state employees across agencies are compensated fairly.”

Download a copy of the letter from the Seattle City Council: Copy of WSFE Letter 7.18.16

The Seattle City Council’s action followed a similar letter from the King County Council.

And it came the same week that a delegation of some 50 King County members delivered the message directly to Inslee’s bargainers the latest round of General Government bargaining Aug. 8 in Olympia.