SB 5199

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C 280 L 19

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Granting certain correctional employees binding interest arbitration.

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

Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce

House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards

House Committee on Appropriations

Background: 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 requires binding interest arbitration if negotiations for a contract reach impasse and cannot be resolved through mediation. Under interest arbitration, an impartial third-party makes decisions regarding the unresolved terms of the contract.

Uniformed personnel 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.

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

Votes on Final Passage:








July 28, 2019