SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 8410
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senators Madsen, Johnson and Cantu
Read first time 3/15/89 and referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
WHEREAS, It is in the interest of the state to have qualified, motivated, efficient, and productive employees in higher education, K-12, and state agencies; and
WHEREAS, Compensation of employees can affect these desirable qualities in the work force; and
WHEREAS, There are significant policy questions relating to compensation practices for the various employees under the state's jurisdiction and the legislature must address these questions; and
WHEREAS, In the next four years the state's initial comparable worth agreement will expire, and further policy decisions will be necessary; and
WHEREAS, The state's compensation policies create inequitable circumstances between employee groups through the use of different methods of determining salaries, such as peer institution comparisons, salary equalization, prevailing rate, and comparable worth; and
WHEREAS, The use of these multiple methods of determining salaries can create conflicts and confusion regarding the state's compensation policy, and in some cases has made administration of salaries increasingly complex; and
WHEREAS, To maintain qualified and productive employees, the state must have equitable and achievable compensation policies;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That a joint select committee on employee compensation be established to study salary setting practices for higher education, K-12, and state employees, and establish comprehensive policies governing all employees; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee consist of twelve members, six members each selected by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee report its findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 1, 1990.