Washington State

House of Representatives

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Labor & Workplace Standards Committee

SB 5199

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Brief Description: Granting certain correctional employees binding interest arbitration.

Sponsors: Senators Keiser, Conway, McCoy, Hunt, Das, Saldaña, Wilson, C., Hasegawa and Van De Wege.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Grants correctional employees of regional jails and certain juvenile detention facilities interest arbitration under the Public Employees' Collective Bargaining Act.

Hearing Date: 3/21/19

Staff: Trudes Tango (786-7384).


The Public Employees' Collective Bargaining Act.

Employees of cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the state bargain their wages and working conditions under the Public Employees' Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA). For certain uniformed personnel, the PECBA provides for interest arbitration if the parties are at an impasse in negotiations for a contract and cannot reach resolution through mediation. Under interest arbitration, an impartial third-party makes decisions regarding the unresolved terms of the contract.

Uniformed personnel who are granted interest arbitration include, among others:

Regional Jails.

Two or more local governments, or one or more local governments and the state, may create and operate regional jails. Regional jails may be governed by representatives from multiple jurisdictions in compliance with the Interlocal Cooperation Act.

Juvenile Detention Facilities.

Under the Juvenile Justice Act, a detention facility is a county facility, paid for by the county, for the physical confinement of a juvenile alleged to have committed an offense or an adjudicated offender subject to a disposition or modification order.

Summary of Bill:

The following correctional employees are added to the definition of "unformed personnel" and granted interest arbitration under the PECBA:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.